On a semi-related note. A friend of mine who lives in L.A. was an extra in a few scenes from the last ep. She was a bartender in the scene where Julie Bowen and Minnie Driver are sitting at the bar and she was a patron in the cupcake shop sitting behind Manny, Mitchell and Gloria. She's a P.A. on the show so I guess they needed some extras. I'll see if she can give me the inside scoop on anything about the show.
I started watching it more regularly because the rest of my family is obsessed and I really like it now, to the point of downloading all the episodes I missed and watching those last night. I think once you get past what it's not (Arrested Development 2) it's a lot easier to enjoy. Phil is just one of the best characters in recent sitcom history...his earnestness is so genuine, everything he says is hilarious.
In the first few episodes I think it took the easy way out with a few of the jokes and characters but now it seems to be coming into its own.
So I was in L.A. last week for about 4 days. My friend who works as a P.A. (production assistant) on Modern Family gave me a tour of FOX studios and the lot where Modern Family is filmed. Yes, eventhough it's on ABC, it's filmed at FOX studios. She gave me a tour of the set and I took some unauthorized pictures of the fake houses they use for the different families. It was pretty cool. I saw Jesse Tyler Ferguson walking around the FOX lot. He's pretty tall and lanky and he was wearing a Red Sox cap. The rest of the cast was off on location. Apparently they were filming some scenes at a batting cage so look for that. The icing on the cake was that my friend photocopied me a script for one of the upcoming episodes called 'Benched' (She totally wasn't supposed to do that by the way). It's an ep about Manny and Luke playing on the school basketball team. That's all I'll give away, unless you guys want some spoilers. She gave me 2 copies though. The rough draft and then the shooting draft. Pretty interesting read.
Coincidentally, the day before I was eating lunch at an area called the Grove and I saw Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson doing some promo shoot at an Apple store. Julie Bowen is sooooo tiny in real life. She's super skinny and almost looks anorexic which weird because she looks completely fine on tv.... and I do mean fine. My friend the P.A. says that Sofia Vergara (Gloria) is a real pain on the set and throws hissy fits over the smallest things while bossing everyone around. She also says she wears a TON of makeup for the show. Anyway, just thought I'd share that stuff. If you guys want to know about that upcoming ep, lemme know and I'll put some of the stuff in spoil tags. Also I have pics of the set I could upload if anyone is interested.
Also if you have time you should watch Sofia Vergara's interviews on Chelsea lately, Kimmel and Ellen. She's hilarious on Chelsea and super hot.
I have more of the FOX studio lot and the Modern Family set but I wasn't sure if should post them. I suppose if someone associated with the show saw them my friend could get in trouble although that's a very remote possibility.
Also interesting fact. The FOX plaza building which is located right behind the studio lot was the building used in Die Hard I where they called it Nakatomi Plaza I think. It was also shown as one of the buildings that was blown up at the end of Fight Club.
Phil's ex-girlfriend Denise comes to town. Claire is jealous at first but then thinks she's great.. And then when Claire leaves, Denise gives Phil her hotel key and says, "You can come by anytime." Phil looks at the camera, and it goes to commercials
Meanwhile, Alex is trying to convince Luke that this girl is his real mom and he's adopted.
Jay killed Manny's pet turtle and tried to cover it up. Gloria figured him out and is trying to get Jay to admit it to Manny.