Fall TV Preview

Modern Family's Baby Lily Recast: 8 Big Ideas

That which TVLine first told you about way back in February has come to fruition: Modern Family is pulling the trigger on a Lily recast, as Cam and Mitch’s bambino gets aged up a bit for Season 3. The casting call (cited by E! Online) seeks tykes to play “Asian, 3- to 4-year-old” Lily, but if you ask us, when dealing with a hit like Modern Family, there’s a primo opportunity here to widen the net and go big. For example….

JASON DOHRING | Nary a single Armchair Casting Director session comes up where the name of this beloved Veronica Mars and Moonlight alum doesn’t get thrown into the hat. Quick with the wit, his Lily would be aces when it comes to Olsen Twin-style zingers. C’mon, Jason, give us one, “You got it, dude!”

MARGO MARTINDALE | You say you want a Lily who is not just a little older but more expressive? This Justified scene-stealer can deliver attitude in spades, up and down the holler. Just be careful when she sweetly asks Daddy for some “apple pie” for dessert….

PEYTON SAWYER SCOTT | Looking for a Lily who can cry on cue? A lot? Like, in every other episode? And using Master Class-caliber epic wails? This former resident of Tree Hill, North Carolina can bring the waterworks like no one’s business. (Remember the time Mom’s old prom dress got ruined…?)

YUNJIN KIM | Let’s see, Jin and Locke are now in Hawaii, Hurley’s at Alcatraz, Richard Alpert is dogging Sarah Michelle Gellar…. One of the few Lost alums yet to be accounted for this fall is Kim, and boy do we miss her. Mod Fam better act fast, though, before Fringe snatches her up!

PAX JOLIE-PITT | You know what’s entirely off-base with a lot of the suggestions we are making here? Not one of these actors is actually Vietnamese, as Lily is supposed to be. But that’s not the only choice lineage this lad boasts, as the child of not one but two Hollywood heavyweights.

LIZZY CAPLAN | Fierce like Margo Martindale and razor-sharp like Jason Dohring, this funky femme/Party Down alum is the complete package. Plus, ABC would get a little bit of buzz for reuniting her with her former The Class-mate, Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

BETTY WHITE | Don’t give us that look. You know she’s already on their short list.

WILLIAM PETERSEN | Again in the spirit of reunions…. Years before he played Family man Cam, Eric Stonestreet toiled as CSI‘s Ronnie Litre, a lab wonk who followed boss man Gil Grissom’s every order. Well, look who’s calling the shots and in charge of nap time now, buster!

KASSIE DEPAIVA | Folks, we have a winner. For the soap opera-averse, this Southern-fried knockout stepped in as a recast of One Life to Live‘s Blair Cramer back in 1993, taking over — with not a word of on-screen explanation — for Japanese actress Mia Korf. And with OLTL‘s fate seeming, at best, iffy, the planets seem to have aligned. NuLily, meet your darlin’ daddys.

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  1. confused says:

    im confused by this article are you suggesting these people to play Lily?? either way what about the boy they are suppose to be adopting when they talked about it in the season finale i thought maybe they would start this season like the first episode when the boys bring Lily home…

    • me says:

      They weren’t being serious, they were having some fun.

      That being said, if they choose Lizzy Caplan, I’ll finally believe people when they say this is the best comedy on tv. If they choose Betty White, I’ll never watch another episode.

  2. jrs says:

    Lame effort. Can’t believe I just wasted 2 minutes on this.

    • Martijn says:

      Oh come on, this was actually pretty funny. How cool would it be if the role of Lily would form now on be played by a 58-year old Caucasian male?

    • John says:

      I love picturing you clicking through this article actually expecting to read a serious list of 2-3 year old Vietnamese girls. Nobody stole your 2 minutes.

    • lovetorun says:

      really? it took you 2 minutes to realize none of those pictures were of 3-4 year-old asian girls?

  3. Craig says:

    I think you mean Yunjin Kim

  4. Todd says:

    I get you are going for humor, but this didn’t play. Stick to what you’re good at.

  5. Atomic says:

    Yunjin Kim guys. Really. I love TVLine, but this was the worst article I’ve ever read on here.

  6. Luke says:

    I get that you are trying to be funny but this didn’t cut it. Give us real news, not made up stuff.

  7. Sam says:

    I get what you’re trying to do, Matt, I really do. But this needs more of a direction, and more of an edge. If it had been a commentary on how internet people suggest certain actors for EVERYTHING (you hinted at that with Jason, Lizzy, and Betty) it would have been really good.

  8. AJ says:

    Did I accidentally click on a link to The Onion?

  9. silly says:

    yay Jason Dohring!!!! I MISS HIM!!!!

  10. absherlock says:

    Sarah Chalke. That’s right – I went Roseanne on your list!

  11. mandy says:

    Why can’t someone give Jason Dohring a job already! Man I love that guy! :)

  12. Crystal says:


  13. Jace says:

    If there’s no legitimate news available, why not post a humourless and ridiculous item, there’s nothing wrong with it. The people complaining need to lighten up a bit.

  14. Brandi says:

    Jason Dohring for the win! Loved the article Matt.

  15. Emily says:

    What on earth is this article?

  16. Bazinga says:

    Could you just delete this post from the internet and/or my mind?

  17. Hawks says:

    Worst article ever?

  18. Jones19 says:

    Bwahahha I vote for Betty White

  19. Cloudy Knight says:

    Folks, your time just isn’t that valuable. It’s a joke, lighten up, Francis.

  20. MRinLA says:

    Hard to decide which prospect is more exciting. A The Class reunion or Yunjin Kim on Fringe.

  21. Mike says:

    Not only the dumbest article on TVLine, but one of the dumbest articles ever. Is there really nothing else to wrtie about?

  22. Jessi says:

    Now it’s all clear–the diva blind item from way back when was LILY. I can see it now. She was probably throwing bottles around, demanding that she only wear silk-lined Huggies, insisting that her cereal was not the organic, no-sugar added brand that she SPECIFICALLY REQUEST, but in fact, stale Cheerios. Phew. Good thing the producers got rid of THAT mess.

    Mystery solved, folks. You’re welcome.

  23. Allie says:

    Love the article! Can’t believe all the humourless haters out there. This is why I love you guys.

  24. Stephanie says:

    this article is odd and I don’t get it…

  25. Justin says:

    Nice job Matt, I enjoyed the article and I’m really enjoying everyone’s comments.

  26. kathy says:

    I like Sarah Chalke, BUT if they did Betty White they could do a reverse aging a la Mork & Mindy (yep, I’m that old). And if the great Kate Hepburn could play Asian why not Betty?

  27. YamSham says:

    Noooo! They can’t recast Lily just because of the terrible twos; look at what not recasting did for that show with the Olsen twins on it; that show just would not end. Changing kids is bad mojo; that baby has the most wry and sardonic expressions!

    But if it must be recast then pls go with Jason Dohring, I miss his cute punim.

    • Beth says:

      That baby has no expressions at all. That’s the real reason they’re recasting her. She doesn’t smile, laught, frown, cry – NOTHING. I’m glad they’re getting rid of her. There are so many cute and EXPRESSIVE babies on TV, they goofed with that one.

  28. Mandy says:

    You had me laughing out loud with this one. I am so desprete to see Jason Dohring back on my tv, I suggest him for many a role in the arm chair castings. So to see him on this list had me cracking up!

  29. Donna says:

    Oh no – sounds like MF have come down with that dreaded TV disease too! RACS (rapidly aging child syndrome!) Blame daytime soaps for the spread of this horrid, painful and, quite frankly, unbelievable scurge!!!

  30. Bree says:

    Loved the article! The Kassie Depaiva reference was hysterical!

  31. Bob says:

    This show is great!! I really love the slick writing.

  32. Lucy says:

    oh my…I miss Jason Dohring on my screen, for pete’s sake networks, cable channels give him a tv show !!

  33. Dwight Schrute says:

    Question: are you trying to be funny? I do not see any humor in this. Fact : these people are to old to play Lily. Fact: Lily is a female so Jason Dohring is out of the conversation.

  34. Sam says:

    Funny guys…..BTW what if Elizabeth Banks took on Julie Bowen’s role for one episode? How would she handle the kids? And Phil? “Sal” back for another helping of Modern Family please…..

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