Fresh off Modern Family's fourth Emmy win for best comedy series, ABC is in early talks for a spin-off series, Deadline reports.
While there are still many ideas being considered, one potential concept is for the new series to focus on guest star Rob Riggle, who played Phil's (Ty Burrell) nemesis Gil Thorpe in two episodes last season.
Modern Family executive producer Chris Lloyd clued me in over a month ago that the ABC sitcom was mulling an offer to shoot the series on location, possibly outside the United States.
Now, Australian blogs are reporting that the Australian Tourism Board, which famously lured Oprah Winfrey and her audience down under for a special week of episodes, is offering to pick up the tab to fly the whole Modern Family production team over for a special episode. While ABC has yet to confirm, speculation is that the family may fly to Sydney for either a Christmas celebration or for Cam and Mitch's honeymoon.
Modern Family's Baby Joe has grown up just a bit, meaning new challenges for mom Gloria (Sofia Vergara, with Rico Rodriguez) when the ABC comedy returns on September 25.
"A big concern for Gloria is...
Are two Mannys too many for the Pritchett-Delgado household?
We'll find out on ABC's Modern Family when Gloria (Sofia Vergara) hires a cute new male nanny to look after baby Joe. Adam DeVine (Comedy Central's Workaholics, Pitch Perfect) has been cast in the recurring role.
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