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Modern Family’s Creator Gets Dragged Into Ariel Winter’s Custody Battle WHY?? Because He Started It?!

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What the what!

Steve Levitan, creator of Modern Family, is going to court in Ariel Winter’s custody case because he may have started the whole thing.

Reportedly, Levitan wrote a letter to the dependency court on the 16-year-old actress' behalf, saying she should be emancipated, and he did it on

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Nathan Lane Will Return To Modern Family!

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Good to have you back, Nathan!

We were excited back in August when we learned that Nathan Lane would be guest starring on Modern Family, and we're pumped to hear he'll be returning to the show as Pepper!

Here's what the show's executive producer Steve Levitan had to say about Lane's appearance:

"Mitch [Jesse Tyler Ferguson] and Cam [Eric Stonestreet] go out for a boys night with Pepper and a bunch of their other gay friends. Jay [Ed O'Neill] stumbles in to the party. We're having a lot of fun playing with Nathan and this will be a very funny use of him."

LOLz. Sounds like it should be a great one!

Will U tune in for Nathan Lane's return on Modern Family?

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Modern Lawsuit Filed Against Modern Family

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We HOPE this isn't true, ABC.

Modern Family, which premieres its second season on Wednesday, is in the midst of a lawsuit filed by Martin Alexander, who claims that defendants "illegally copied and/or created" the show based on his "copyrighted work."

In the complaint he filed, he described a pilot he wrote, Loony Ben, which is VERY similar to Modern Family. Here's what the complaint said about it:

"Mr. Alexander began circulating [his] work throughout Hollywood and Los Angeles, California and in New York, submitting it to agents, producers, directors, production companies, networks, network executives, and contests."

One point that seems to make his case increasingly legitimate is the fact that in 2006, he filed a proposed cast list with the U.S. Copyright office, which included Sofia Vergara. Here are the details:

"…includes obscure actress Sofia Vergara as the stunningly beautiful, fiery, temperamental, Latina mother, with a thick accent, who's in love with a Caucasian man and always makes him do the right thing, especially where her son is concerned."

That does seem a bit uncanny, we've got to admit.

Here's a further list of similarities between Modern Family and Alexander's show:

"-focus on a non-traditional family
-a relationship between two gay men who are married, one gay male is heavyset, the other is height-weight proportional
-a heterosexual couple consisting of a Caucasian male and a Latino female with an age disparity
-a lawyer who graduated from Columbia Law School
-an Asian female with Caucasian parents
-a minor child who is a Latino male with a Caucasian father
-a character from Cleveland, Ohio
-an outsider, a non-family member to whom the lead character bears his soul"

Defendants in Alexander's lawsuit include ABC, CBS Broadcasting, Disney Enterprises, Fox Entertainment Group, Blockbuster, Amazon.com, IMDB.com, Keith Murdoch, Apple, Hulu, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd and Picture Day Productions.

Do U think Modern Family was stolen?

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Modern Family Break-Up!

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Uh, oh!

Modern Family creators and showrunners Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd are dissolving their four-year business partnership!

But they both plan to stay with the show!

Inneresting!

Apparently they formed the partnership to snag a big TV deal, but now with the success of their show they don't feel the need to be attached to one another anymore.

Makes sense to us!

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