After an enthusiastic response to an early pilot screening, ABC has ordered 13 episodes of Modern Family, the new sitcom from the writer/producers of Frasier, Steve Levitan and Chris Lloyd. Variety:
Twentieth Century Fox TV is behind the show, which follows the lives of three American families, as seen through the eyes of a filmmaker. One home centers on a traditional nuclear family, another is a gay couple with a newly adopted Vietnamese child; and the third consists of an older man who has just married a younger Latina wife.Modern Family stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet as the gay couple. Fans will recognize Ferguson from his roles in The Class, Ugly Betty, and Do Not Disturb, in which he also played a gay character. Set to debut in the fall, the new series also stars Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara and Ty Burell.