The 2012 PaleyFest came to comedic close yesterday with the cast of Modern Family chatting about working with guest-director Bryan Cranston, show methodology, potential plots, on-set injuries, and the show’s youth-oriented future (among many other topics).
"Every time he gives you a note you just know he can do it better.”
As for how episodes are constructed, showrunner Steve Levitan compares the writing process to a math problem:
"It feels like solving a math problem while doing a Rubik's cube."
More like the most fun math problem ever!
When it comes to taking one's job seriously, Julie Bowen (Claire) is the master, physically injuring herself to bring us the epic fall in the egg-drop episode:
"I hit the ground so effin' hard," she revealed. "I knew if I didn't deliver my line they'd just cut it and it would have been all for nothing."
For potential episode ideas, the cast talked about more on-location "vacation" episodes - perhaps in Missouri or perhaps in Sofia Vergara's (Gloria) native Colombia! Eric Stonestreet (Cam) effused:
"I have been saying that's the best idea ever … I'd love to see Gloria in Missouri…Columbia is obvious."
And as for the show’s future, the creators do not wish for the show to simply fizzle out and get cancelled. Levitan stated:
"[We want the show to continue] as long as it's good…We'd like to go out strong and not limp out.”
The adult cast members and creators have strong feelings about how the younger folks on the show will effect its fate. Ty Burrell said:
"I think the kids are going to end up being the focal point of the show…They're getting written to more and more. As time goes on, if the show lasts, they'll actually be the center of the show and we'll be supporting them, as it should be."
We are SO pumped to see the Bryan Cranston episode! And it seems like it's only excitement and positivity when it comes to the entire Modern Family entity…
We look forward to seeing all their future plans come to fruition…are U???
[Image via Kevin Parry for PaleyFest.]