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Some may say that Modern Family is the funniest show on television.
But there will be nothing funny about one of the upcoming storylines on Season 10 of the beloved ABC program.
According to co-creator Christopher Lloyd, the first half of the upcoming season will feature a significant character death.
That’s certainly something new for the series.
“We’re handling some bigger life events in this season,” Lloyd told Entertainment Weekly today, adding as a tease:
“We do deal with a death, which is certainly a topic that families have to deal with, and on television, it’s not easy to do because that’s a heavy subject. But at the same time, it would seem unusual for a family not to go through it.”
As you might expect, Lloyd isn’t about to divulge the identity of the corpse.
But he does say that it will “significant character on the series” and the death “will be a moving event – and an event that has repercussions across several episodes.”
Modern Family stars Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland, Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould and Aubrey Anderson-Emmon.
It has maintained the same cast throughout its duration on the air.
It also set a record by winning five straight Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy Awards.
The sitcom is heading into its final contractual season, meaning this very well could be the show’s final season.
Lloyd, however, hopes this won’t be the case.
“There’s goodwill on both sides to make it happen, but there’s also complicated matters that have to get worked through, and there’s a time constraint on it, because we can’t have it take too long,” he says.
“I’m hoping that that doesn’t make the whole thing go away, but I think there’s a decent chance we’ll see it happen.”
Lloyd continued as follows:
“From our standpoint creatively we’ve gotten excited writing this season and changing the lives of the characters – some in a significant way – and it’s made us think, ‘Wow, there’s a lot to explore in the lives of these characters.’
“They’re in many ways such different characters than they were five or 10 years ago when we started and they’re just as interesting and just as funny. So our standpoint was, ‘Well, if we can do another season, we may as well.’
“I’m hoping that we have some news on that [soon], and if it winds up that we tried and just couldn’t make it work, we will have a great final season for sure.”
Modern Family Season 10 premieres on Wednesday, September 26 at 9/8c.
Our best guess is that Phil’s father, played by the amazing Fred Willard, is the one who kicks the proverbial bucket.
As for what else fans can expect from upcoming episodes?
He told EW the following:
“There is a significant change in the dynamics of the family that people maybe thought was going to happen at some point down the line that is happening sooner than expected.”
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Rico Rodriguez is in a state of mourning.
The 18-year old Modern Family actor took to Instagram on Sunday in order to bid farewell to his father, Roy Rodriguez, who passed away several days ago at the young age of 52.
The death was sudden and unexpected, multiple sources confirm.
“This has been the toughest week of my life,” Rodriguez wrote as a caption to the aboe photo.
It features father and son sharing a milkshake and looking adorable.
Continued the young star:
“My Dad was the most kind hearted, loving, hard working, determined, and funny man I have ever known.
“He was like a super hero, he had the ability to get the best out of you day in and day out.”
He concluded as follows:
“I’m gonna miss your hugs. I’m gonna miss your advice. I’m gonna miss your smile, and I’m gonna miss your laugh. I know you’re looking down at us right now giving us the green light to move forward.
“I miss you Daddy. I’ll love you forever – Your youngest.”
Roy Rodriguez was laid to rest at a funeral on Saturday.
In addition to Rico, he is survived by the actor’s mother and his wife, Diane, along with kids Raini; Ray; and Roy Jr.; and 10 grandchildren.
The family patriarch is also survived by his mother, his stepfather and five siblings.
The late father, husband and grandfather owned and operated Rodriguez Tire Service in Bryan, Texas.
He was described as a car enthusiast, serving as founder and president of La Compania Car Club of Bryan, reads his obituary.
The same life review also states that, at age 47, Roy got his first tattoo: portraits on his arm of his entire family, including his wife, kids, grandchildren and parents.
How sweet, right?
Roy “made it a priority to thank God for the good things he had in life, ensuring that his children appreciated Him, as well,” his obituary reads, adding:
“In essence, Roy laughed and loved his way through life, making the most of each moment he was given.”
Rico has received an outpouring of support from friends, colleagues and social media followers in the wake of this tragedy.
“I love you,” his on-screen mom, Sofia Vergara, Tweeted in response to the milkshake photo above.
We join all of those who have wished Rodriguez well and we send all of Roy’s loved ones our condolences during this difficult time.
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