Jesse Tyler Ferguson Talks Modern Family's Emmy 'Rivalries,' Previews Season 3 Follies

As is sure to be tradition for years to come, Modern Family, as it did in 2010, is heading into Sunday night’s Emmy Awards with multiple contenders in the Supporting Comedy Actor race: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell, Ed O’Neill and Eric Stonestreet. But while acting can at times be a competitive sport, Ferguson shrugs off talk that the gents have any side bets going as to who claims the prize.

“Honestly, we just want one of us to win,” he told me at TVLine’s Emmy weekend kickoff reception at Levi’s Haus.

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Ferguson noted that since scene partner Stonestreet scored the show a big W last year, the pressure this time around may be on the Modern women vying for Supporting Comedy Actress. “Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen showed up short,” he joked, “so we’re wondering if they can pull through” this year.

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In the video Q&A below, Ferguson goes on to tease some of Modern Family‘s Season 3 storylines, including a juice cleanse that leads to “states of hysteria” for Mitchell and Cameron, as well as the guys’ nascent notion to give daughter Lily a brother. To that end, as they assess their ability to raise a boy, Mitchell in this Wednesday’s hour-long, dude ranch-based season premiere will spend quality time with nephew Luke — for better or for worse.

Comments (5)

  • I really don’t like that Modern Family dominated the Supporting Actor Comedy race, mainly because there are so many that deserve it more. Danny Pudi being the main one – he should be winning! Cannot believe the Community oversight. Same for Nick Offerman. Tyler Burrell should be nominated and that’s it. I can’t even believe that Eric Stonestreet won last year.

    Comment by Lauren – September 17, 2011 05:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You realize the awards really mean nothing, right?

      Comment by Josh – September 17, 2011 06:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Off course it means. It means you’re loved and respected by the industry. And that’s quite a compliment, isnt it??

        Comment by Saulo – September 17, 2011 08:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Is that why there are three posts on the Tvline homepage about the Emmys? I like quality shows to get rewarded, so sue me.

          Comment by Lauren – September 17, 2011 09:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Right there with you on everything you said. My biggest fear is some day down the road they’ll decide the kids playing Manny and Luke need nominations and the whole bloody category is from a clone of the Office. At least Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas got awarded, that deserved it. Danny Pudi brings so much to Abed, and Nick Offerman comes pretty close to deserving not a supporting actor nomination but a lead actor nod.

      Comment by Carmichael – September 17, 2011 10:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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