So what exactly is it that brings the extended Pritchett family to Australia for a special Modern Family episode? Australian heritage!
It turns out Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) is claiming to be part Australian because his late mother gave birth to him here while on a stopover and Phil convinces wife Claire and the entire extended family to join him on a trip to Australia to discover more about his Aussie heritage – which also includes a severe allergic reaction to Vegemite.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald who were on set checking out filming yesterday, the script is sprinkled with “what presumably Americans think Australians sound like; a strangulated cockney ‘accent’ – “oooooiiiirrright moite'”
It seems radio personality and former Australia’s Got Talent judge Kyle Sandilands was approached to appear but turned the offer down (because he said he isn’t an actor) while Cate Blanchett had scheduling conflicts from taking up an offer presented to her. New Zealand actor Rhys Darby (Flight of the Concords) will be seen as a Kiwi talk-show host while soapie stock Peter Phelps (Stingers) will be playing a ‘crocodile dundee’ inspired character.
Filming is currently taking place in Sydney before moving off to Hamilton Island and the Great Barrier Reef for two more days of filming.
For more photos of the Modern Family cast in Australia, check out PopSugar
Modern Family is coming to town! Yes, the hit comedy has set a deal (or partnership via Twentieth Century Fox and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products as it’s officially known) with Qanatas to bring the show to Australia for a two week shoot! Funnily enough, both Eric Stonestreet (Cam) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell) recently spent time here (Stonestreet in a deal with Big W and Ferguson for Holidays) – and hopefully both have picked up enough of our slang to get by!
The show has begun a sort of tradition with episodes taking place in holiday destinations – Hawaii, Disneyland and Wyoming (wait…is Wyoming a holiday destination?) and the show’s creator Steve Levitan says that this vacation shoot will be the “most ambitious yet.”
Levitan also notes “We promise to feature a kangaroo, a koala and a boomerang. I’m sure there will be lots more, but so far that’s all we know about Australia (guess he didn’t watch the Oprah or Ellen Australia specials), our American school system is a disaster … So we thank Qantas for this amazing opportunity to broaden our horizons. Plus it’ll be nice to go to a place where everyone looks like Hugh Jackman and Miranda Kerr. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!”
So yes, there’s enough Aussie stereotypes in his press release to ensure Jay Pritchett will surely be featured “throwing a shrimp on the barbie” while Phil Dunphey imitates Crocodile Dundee.
The entire cast and crew will be flying into as yet un-named locations (obviously Sydney, hopefully Melbourne) next month, for a two week shoot with the episode to air mid year.
Modern Family currently airs Sundays 7:30pm on Channel 10.
MODERN FAMILY CAST TO FILM EPISODE IN AUSTRALIA – Nelbie TV and Entertainment News
Could Modern Family be enticed to Australia’s gay-friendly capital? – Canberra Times
Hit comedy Modern Family heading Down Under to film a special episode – Daily Telegraph