Will we still want to watch them? Prob­a­bly. Some of them are hi­lar­i­ous

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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

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