Will we still want to watch them? Probably. Some of them are hilarious
SO CHANNEL 10’s replacing the most earnest, hectoring right-wing series in their schedule — that would be Blue Bloods, but I’m sure you figured that out — with Modern Family, which is none of those things. Can tend towards a tiny bit treacly at times, when it pushes that family angle too far, but it’s nothing when lined up against the virtual propaganda of Blue Bloods. Modern Family repeats on a Wednesday night though. Will we still want to watch them? Probably. Some of them are hilarious. Blue Bloods is still on air. Fridays now. Sorry about that. Ten must’ve paid some amount of money for it. What a disappointment this show turned out to be. On paper it probably looked . . . no, I can’t even make that argument. But here we are deep into the second series of Modern Family and it’s still yielding regular laughs. Not an easy thing to do. It’s not incendiary comedy, I’m not going to be thinking about Sunday night’s episode on, say, Monday, but who expects that from a TV show? It’s unrealistic. There’s only ever going to be one Steve Coogan and one Ricky Gervais every generation.
The past few episodes I’ve seen of Modern Family have been simple and funny. No big message. Mum and dad busted by the kids having sex. Fairly universal. And little amusing asides, though maybe a bit anachronistic— mum and dad recording the answering machine message. I don’t really know why it’s called Modern Family. I can’t remember specific episodes of The Brady Bunch (only that fabulous house) or even Family Ties really, but I’m going to guess there were things that happened there that weren’t dissimilar. Tweaked here a bit clearly. But how traditional are Cameron and Mitchell? Very.
Cameron is in full show mode on Sunday. He’s hosting a fundraiser at home for the music society and he must outdiva Andrew, his self-described nemesis, who held it last year. Andrew had Cello Submarine in to play, while Cameron’s getting Harp Attack and that seems to be the main difference. Plus Cameron’s co-opted Luke as his event organiser, and directed him to dress in upscale casual. Adorable. Luke gets away a couple of great lines, one very good one directed towards queenie old Andrew, but the line of the night comes from Manny and it’s not ’ til the credits are rolling at the end.
The episode opens with music, of sorts — Gloria singing with her new karaoke machine, a present from Jay. A thoughtless, inconsiderate gift, as it turns out.
But there are problems at the Dunphy household. Possibly involving a raccoon. The key result is Gloria gives Phil a haircut. Imagine if one day Gloria and Phil race off together and that’s the end of the series. Diva: Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) is in full show mode in Sunday’s