<I>Modern Family</i> Modern Family

ABC, which already has renewed a dozen series, has taken another small step toward filling out its fall schedule by granting a 13-episode order to Modern Family, a new mockumentary-style comedy.

Described as "a look at the complications that come with being a family" in today's times, the series boasts an ensemble that includes Ed O'Neill (Married ... with Children), Sofia Vergara (Knights of Prosperity), Julie Bowen (Ed) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (The Class). TV vets Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd will serve as executive producers.

With ABC hot to bolster its comedy options for the 2009-10 season, Modern Family — which, sources tell us, tested through the roof — represents a big step toward that goal.