Modern Family Exclusive: Baby 'Fallout,' Claire's Jealousy, Cam's New [Spoiler] and More!

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Modern Family Gloria's BabyWhat better way to celebrate Modern Family‘s major Emmy triumph (the ABC sitcom received 14 nominations Thursday morning) than with a slew of scoop? There isn’t one, which is why TVLine sought out the series’ brain trust Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd to discuss their plans for Season 4 — and oh baby, (literally) does it sound like the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker gang is in for some fun!

Here, the exec producers reveal how everyone — including Daddy Jay — will react to Gloria’s shocking preggo news, when we’ll meet the little tyke, how Haley’s college life will impact Sarah Hyland‘s time on the show and more.

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TVLINE | Where does Season 4 pick up? Any plans to super-size it or take it on the road like last year?
STEVEN LEVITAN | This year’s premiere is kind of picking up right where we left off, with Gloria’s announcement to the audience that she’s pregnant. And in our premiere, everyone else finds out. Everybody, as you can imagine, has big reactions to this news, and the whole episode is about that.
CHRISTOPHER LLOYD | The big arc this season is obviously Jay and Gloria having this baby. There’s a lot of preparation that comes with that and also a lot of fallout. Gloria, for example, is gaining weight but not wanting to change any of her outfits, which is funny. Jay is caught up dealing with some anxiety about being a dad again, when thought he was done with that 30 years ago. But also, Mitch and Cam worked really hard to try and get a baby last year, and now these other people — who weren’t really trying — did, and Claire, whose family is getting smaller because Haley’s gone off to college, is a little bit jealous of Gloria getting to be a mom again.

TVLINE | Will Gloria give birth this year? Or will her pregnancy sort of span the season?
LLOYD | No, we will see the baby probably about halfway through the season. We indicated she was pregnant last year, which was the end of May, and she was already a month or two along… So, you can do the math. [Laughs]

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TVLINE | Any non-baby events to look forward to this season?
LLOYD | Cameron gets a job this year to kind of fill his void a little bit. He becomes an elementary school teacher — or goes back to teaching, I should say, which will be fun. We have a great Halloween episode, too.

TVLINE | Will Sarah Hyland still be involved with the series full-time, now that Haley is going away to college?
LEVITAN | We have a way in mind of keeping Sarah involved… Once you’re part of this family, you’re always a part of this family. [Laughs]
LLOYD | She’s involved in virtually all episodes. She heads off to college, but it’s not that far away. She stays in touch, and she visits home; it’s kind of a typical first-year-in-college experience, in that she feels a little bit of loneliness and adjustment. She wants her family, but doesn’t want her family. So, it’s a nice change in her life that’s going on, but she’s far from removed from our family.

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Comments (13)

  • That is going to be funny – Gloria gaining weight but not wanting to change any of her outfits. I can totally picture her belly hanging out more and more and she’s oblivious to how it’s starting to look, lol

    Comment by Patty – July 19, 2012 03:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They’ll just pull a Travis with Haley and just have them pop in and out from the college.

    Comment by joe – July 19, 2012 03:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh my god. so agree!

      anyway, i think this season would be awesome. Hopefully, waaaay better than season 3!

      Comment by Mark – July 20, 2012 03:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Gloria in her shoes. I mean the Minnie Mouse slippers Jay got her at Disneyland…

    Comment by Lisa – July 19, 2012 04:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A family such as this would be using Skype regularly, so that’s a way to bridge to Haley scenes.

    I can’t wait to see how Gloria’s pregnancy affects everyone!!! Will Manny want to be the midwife? Will Cam and Mitchell be upset, since THEY were supposed to supply the next baby in the family? Will Phil survive those months of lactation? And how will Jay react? AY DIOS MIO!!!

    Comment by TV Gord – July 19, 2012 04:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So many good questions! lol

    Comment by Becks – July 19, 2012 05:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love this show!

    Comment by ModernFamilyRocks – July 20, 2012 01:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t wait! I hope this season can top the last (the best yet). This is the best show on TV.

    Comment by nick1372 – July 20, 2012 09:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Haha it’s gonna be great love this show xxx

    Comment by Dalia – August 1, 2012 10:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can you make it that Gloria doesn’t change any of her clothes and everyone gives her clothes but she doesn’t wear them

    Comment by Amy Ashton – August 29, 2012 03:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I bet it will be funny no matter what they come up with. Not gonna lie, I won’t be to into the show if Sarah isn’t on it. I’m such a fan of hers.

    Comment by Brianna Lee – September 3, 2012 10:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I LOOOOOVE this show!!!!! I have a major girl crush on Gloria. Long may it be on TV:)

    Comment by maria – February 5, 2013 12:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Travis is the son on Cougar Town. He ended up going to a local college and still comes by home a lot.

    Comment by April – July 20, 2012 11:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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