Mod­ern may­hem

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Martin Short (Lou in sit­com Mu­laney, 2014-2015) stars as mar­ket­ing guru Merv Schechter, who Phil asks in episode 3 (16 Novem­ber) to help daugh­ter Ha­ley (Sarah Hy­land) with her pro­mo­tions busi­ness. Nathan Fil­lion (Richard Cas­tle in ac­tion series Cas­tle, 2009-2016) will play re­cur­ring weath­er­man char­ac­ter Rainor Shine from episode 4 (23 Novem­ber) – Rainor is Phil’s favourite TV per­son­al­ity.

RU­MOUR HAS IT…

Sea­son 8 has been a tricky one for the show’s net­work bosses, who’ve had to deal with two big ru­mours. Firstly that this would be the fi­nal sea­son – the ac­tors’ con­tracts are up for re­newal and there was re­ported drama be­hind the scenes in 2012, the last time there were con­tract talks. While that’s been pushed aside un­til the sea­son ends, there was also talk that trou­bled star Ariel Win­ter (Alex) would be leav­ing. Exec pro­ducer Steve Le­vi­tan has put that one to bed, say­ing that “Ariel’s a cru­cial part of our show. While she is start­ing to at­tend classes this year at UCLA, she will con­tinue to be a part of Mod­ern Fam­ily’s com­ing sea­son”.

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