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Modern Family to Head Down Under

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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.

Related Posts:

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
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Ian Ziering and his 90210 Reunion That Never Happened.

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Sun, surf, beaches, romance, blackmail, the Peach Pit – Beverly Hills 90210 was must-see TV back in the 90’s and spawned the hugely popular Melrose Place and even a 90210 remake that ended in 2013.  The original 90210 ended more than a decade ago, yet one of the shows stars, Ian Ziering, believed that final episode would not be the last time the 90210 cast would be on screen together.

It turns out, Ziering had detailed plans for a reunion (of sorts) which he revealed while on Oprah: Where Are They Now.  His plan included arranging a special dinner party at his house for the cast that would be filmed by cameras placed throughout his home in which events that would be loosely scripted, would play out for all to see.

“My idea was that I was going to cater a nice dinner in my home. I was going to have little cameras spaced throughout the house. It was going to be loosely scripted where we would break off into little social bouquets and talk about different moments and different times,” Ziering explains.  A big part of the plan was for this reunion dinner to air on Sept. 2, 2010. “The significance of that date is that it’s 9/02/10!” Ziering says.

So why did it not happen?  Did Shannen Doherty refuse to have any part of it?  Was Gabrielle Carteris so used to being away from the spotlight, the thought of doing such a project frightened her?  No.  Turns out, no network would buy the project.

“I couldn’t get a network to buy it,” Ziering says. “It’s astonishing to me. I mean, ‘90210’ on 9/02/10?… The production companies don’t want to pay for it. We certainly weren’t going to do it for free, but then, we weren’t asking for a king’s ransom compared to what they would have made in advertising.”

Check out the video at HuffingtonPost.com of Ziering talking about his 90210 reunion dinner and some of the special moments he was planning to orchestrate.