Frances Fisher

Frances Fisher may have joined ABC's new drama pilot Partners, but she'd really like to work on one of the network's other shows.

"Modern Family, of course," Fisher tells TVGuide.com. "[It's] very unique [with] well-drawn characters, well-played by very talented actors and insightful writing."

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Fisher — best known for playing Kate Winslet's mom in Titanic and who can be seen next in The Lincoln Lawyer — is especially a fan of Sofia Vergara's and Julie Bowen's performances on the ABC hit. "Sofia's character — she is passionate, strong, funny, speaks her mind," Fisher says. "Same with [Bowen's]."

The actress' admiration of the TV funnywomen isn't a surprise, as she grew up watching I Love Lucy and even played the comedy goddess in the 1991 TV movie Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter.

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"I don't have a desire to play someone else's character; it's been done! Although I have played Lucille Ball, I played a couple of scenes as her character Lucy Ricardo, which was great fun," she says. "I might want to do that again."

Besides I Love Lucy, Fisher also watched The Lone Ranger, RawhideThe Ed Sullivan Show and The Twilight Zone during her childhood. "I grew up overseas, so I didn't watch television in my childhood until I was 10," the British-born actress says. "So sitting in front of the TV with my family was unique and special. No wonder I turned out the way I have, given those influences on my psyche!"

These days, Fisher's TV watchlist also includes Real Time with Bill Maher ("intelligent and fun"), CNN for the news, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report for the news with a twist.

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"[It's] a clever and entertaining way to hear the news; the irony is hilarious," she says. "I like to laugh and I like to learn."

But if she's really looking for a good laugh, then it's back to Modern Family. "I feel joyful watching," she says.