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‘Modern Family’ Has Pushed Society To Change And These Facts Will Make You Love The Series Even More

It has been a shockingly fast eleven years since ABC Family’s “Modern Family” first hit the airs in 2009. Back then, it was a little racy to have a gay couple in a family sitcom, and it was the first time Sofia Vergara hit mainstream American televisions. The show has helped change the way our culture views diverse families and has evolved along with public pressure.

Sofía Vergara is the highest paid actress on TV because of “Modern Family.”

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Season 4 of the show was actually postponed after the cast took legal action (that worked) to get substantial raises. Sofía Vergara, who plays Gloria Delgado-Pritchet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell), Eric Stonestreet (Cam), ty Burrel (Phil) and Julie Bowen (Claire), each make at least $200,000-$250,000 per episode.

The show has won 22 Primetime Emmy Awards.

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It also won a GLSEN Respect Award for “positive images and storylines that reflect a diverse America.” If you’re reading this, you already know that the show has strong Latino, Asian-American, LGBT and French Bulldog representation.

Sofía Vergara grew up watching Ed O’Neill in “Married With Children.”

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When she met him, she thought he would be able to speak Spanish until she realized she was watching a Spanish dubbed version of the show. ???? Weird to think that he would later become her on-screen husband.

O’Neill has been reading the same newspaper for 30 years.

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Literally, it’s the same paper from “Married With Children.” Many shows use this same exact paper because all the images and text have already been legally approved to show on air for commercial purposes.

Rico Rodriguez was told to audition as “Antonio Banderas stuck in a 12 year old’s body.”

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Apparently, lil Rico just went, “Oh, okay!” and crushed the audition. In interviews, he’s made it super clear that he’s nothing like his on-screen version of Manny Delgado. He’s always been super shy and only decided to try acting after his sister gave it a shot and he thought it looked fun.

Noland Gould is an actual certified genius.

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He plays “dumb” Luke Dunphy on screen but by the time he was on television at 6 years old, he was already a member of MENSA (an organization of the highest IQ people in the world). He graduated high school when he was 13 and has been taking college classes ever since.

The two have grown up like brothers. Noland taught Rico how to shave.

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It sort of seems like the whole cast is its own little family. If you follow Vergara on Instagram, then you already know.

Ever since Season 1, the cast made a pact to never have a lead role.

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They always submit themselves as “Supporting Actors” so that they maintain solidarity and nobody gets too cocky. Genius.

A set of twins played baby Lily.

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Apparently, they hated it so much that the parents decided it wasn’t worth the $35,000 per episode. Their mom told Woman’s Day, “Halfway through season two their personalities had started to develop, and it was really clear to us that they weren’t enjoying their time on set. So we told the producers the girls wouldn’t be coming back.”

This gave Aubrey Anderson-Emmons her lucky break.

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She joined the show for Season 3 and has been crushing it ever since. Apparently, when she was still a toddler, she was a hit or miss on the show. Sometimes, she’d impromptu say something priceless and other times she just wasn’t having it.

Writers wrote in Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s real life father-son relationship as Mitchell and Jay’s.

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Ferguson apparently had to come out to his father three times before he acknowledged that his son was gay. You can’t make this up, and so the writers went with it for the show, too.

A 2010 petition is what prompted Mitch and Cam’s first kiss on air.

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It happened in a background scene but we’re so glad it finally happened. Since then, they’ve been smacking lips on screen all over the place. Remember when I said those were racier days? I don’t miss them.

Julie Bowen was due to give birth any day during the pilot episode.

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She was pregnant with twins, mind you. They hid her big belly with laundry baskets and cereal boxes. Sneaky. Oh, and her first son broke her first Emmy from the show.

Vergara says she plans to steal the ugly black and white vase from the set when the show is over.

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She told Jimmy Kimmel that she’s been thinking about what prop she would steal from the show, with rumors of its series ending going around. She landed on the “ugly” black and white vase. Why not?

Read: These Old Sofia Vergara Photos Prove That Latinas Don’t Age And That’s Good News For All Of Us

There’s a reason it’s mockumentary style.

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I mean, it was definitely trendy alongside “The Office,” but they actually created a character named Geert Floortje, a Dutch filmmaker who returns to the U.S. to film the family he stayed with as a foreign exchange student, The Pritchetts. The directors decided his role wasn’t necessary and they cut him before production.

Eric Stonestreet really was Fizbo the clown as a kid.

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Pretty much everything Cam says on the show about Fizbo is true story. He told The Kansas City Star, “It was my way then as a young man to express my desire to entertain and perform.” Long live Fizbo.

Writers have told the public that a “significant character” is going to die this season.

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Vergara told Ellen that she wasn’t worried when she heard that. “If they said someone was going to get deported…” Touché, Sofía.

Lin-Manuel Miranda was Gloria’s dog trainer!

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This was four years before “Hamilton” took over Broadway. Apparently, Manuel-Miranda got the job after he made it clear he belonged. Director Jeff Greenberg told The Observer, “He came in and quoted episode after episode, line after line, joke after joke, and we loved him.”

“Thank God we did [cast him] because now he gets me ‘Hamilton’ tickets!”

Some people think Jay may be on his way out.

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I don’t buy it though. That would free up Vergara to marry a chiseled hunk of a guy. Maybe named Joe?

My guess is it’s all Stella.

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You’re cute, and we did notice that you were swapped out after a couple seasons by a more smiley Frenchy. I’m ready for the conspiracy theories friends! Dale!


READ: These Incredible Moments From ‘Modern Family’ Prove That Sofia Vergara Makes The Show Worth Watching

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Sofia Vergara Will Be Starring In a Gender-Swapped ‘Zorro’ TV Series Reboot Produced By Robert Rodriguez

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Sofia Vergara Will Be Starring In a Gender-Swapped ‘Zorro’ TV Series Reboot Produced By Robert Rodriguez

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Just when you thought you’d heard it all, news of Sofia Vergara playing Zorro’ TV Series comes out, and you have to start questioning everything.

That’s right–recently the news broke that Vergara will be starring in a “Zorro” TV series where she’ll be playing a female version of the legendary masked vigilante.

According to the press release, the Colombian beauty will be playing the character of Sola Dominguez, an “underground artist who fights for social justice as a contemporary version of the mythical Zorro’ TV Series.” The plot will thicken as Dominguez’s “life is threatened by several criminal organizations after she exposes them.” So…it sounds like the series will also be set in modern times? Interesting.

The character of “Zoro” was created by Johnston McCulley in 1919. The legend follows a masked, caped crusader (alias: Don Diego de la Vega) in Alta California who defends Indigenous and poor Californians from the heartless and exploitative ruling class.

The wildly popular character started off appearing in the pages of pulp fiction books before making his big-screen debut in 1920. Since then, the character has been played by everyone from Douglas Fairbanks to Antonio Banderas to Christian Meier.

This time around, the reboot is being produced by Mexican-American Robert Rodriguez of “Machete” and “Spy Kids” fame.

According to reports, the pilot will be directed by Robert Rodriguez’s sister, writer-director Rebecca Rodriguez. So that means the main creative team is made up of Latinos and will be spearheaded by a woman. This sounds like a super exciting project!

This isn’t the first time that Rodriguez and Vergara have partnered up professionally. The duo previously teamed up for 2013’s Machete Kills in which Vergara played a deadly and seductive brothel owner.

This isn’t the first time that Robert Rodriguez has been attached to a Zorro movie. He was initially set to direct 1999’s version, The Mask of Zorro, starring Antonio Banderas, but ended up shelving that project due to creative differences.

We hope that Rodriguez can truly execute his vision this time around! We love to see Latinos as a creative force in front of and behind the camera.

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CBS Pledges to Make the Casts of ‘Survivor’ and ‘Big Brother’ 50% People of Color

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CBS Pledges to Make the Casts of ‘Survivor’ and ‘Big Brother’ 50% People of Color

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CBS just announced that it is committing to making at least 50% of the casts of their unscripted shows Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC). CBS also announced that they are devoting 25% of their unscripted budget to BIPOC creators. The changes are expected to take effect in the 2021-2022 season.

“The reality TV genre is an area that’s especially underrepresented, and needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production and all phases of storytelling,” said CBS CEO George Cheeks. “As we strive to improve all of these creative aspects, the commitments announced today are important first steps in sourcing new voices to create content and further expanding the diversity in our unscripted programming, as well as on our Network.”

CBS’s unscripted TV shows include fan-favorite staples like “Survivor”, “The Amazing Race”, “Big Brother”, and “Love Island”. The network has regularly come under fire for failing to cast diverse talent in both their scripted and unscripted programs. Unlike other broadcast networks like ABC (Grey’s Anatomy, literally any other Shondaland show) or NBC (This Is Us, Superstore), CBS has a reputation for white-washing its programming.

Last year, a former CBS Diversity & Inclusion executive wrote an op-ed in Variety accusing the company of having a “white problem”.

“While CBS proudly touts its diversity programs, a close look beneath the surface reveals that the company is unconcerned about creating space for minorities,” wrote Whitney Davis, who is a Black woman. “CBS continues to promote its diversity initiatives in public, while internally minorities are practically invisible.” 

In June of this year, a group of Black “Survivor” alumni created a petition demanding that the stalwart show make 30% of its cast BIPOC. They also asked that BIPOC are given “equitable screen time and opportunities to participate in marketing and promotional events.” The show’s Black alumni alleged that they were ostracized, gaslighted, and short-shrifted while they were contestants on the show. The petition received almost 8,000 signatures to-date.

As is expected, fan reactions have been mixed. Some people are happy that CBS is making the effort to fix the structural problems of their company. But others feel that the commitment is forced and will result in BIPOC cast members being treated as tokens.

This person is confident that CBS’s unscripted shows will simply improve by including more people of color on their cast lists.

If anything, this decision will add some much-needed change to their tired formulas.

This person was ready to submit their application.

Now that people know the playing field is more even, we’re sure that CBS will receive a more diverse pool of applications.

This person has doubts as to how CBS will approach choosing and casting POC.

It’s one thing to talk about diversity, but it’s another thing to actually choose people who represent a range of diverse cultures.

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