Fall TV Preview

Modern Family Casts Its 'New' Joe

Meet the new Fulgencio — definitely not the same as the old Fulgencio.

As TVLine reported last month, Modern Family is recasting the now-series regular role of Fulgencio “Joe” Pritchett — played for the past two seasons by Pierce Wallace.

His onscreen mother Sofia Vergara unveiled the identity of the “new” Joe — actor Jeremy Maguire, who celebrates his fourth birthday on Aug. 10 — in an Instagram post Friday morning.


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Producers sought the recast as Joe will be newly “rough and tumble” — AKA the yin to evolved older brother Manny’s yang — sources told TVLine’s Michael Ausiello in July.

The move is not unprecedented for the ABC smash. At the start of Season 3, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons assumed the role of Mitch and Cam’s daughter, Lily, from young twins Ella and Jaden Hiller.

Modern Family‘s seventh season bows Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9/8c.

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  1. hailee says:

    Adorable and looks like he could even be Sofia’s son.

  2. spindae2 says:

    He looks like they mixed Manny and Mitchell togethet. Completely adorable. Can’t wait to see him in action.

  3. Shar says:

    Aubrey steals every scene that she’s in and I think Jeremy is really going to up the cute factor.

  4. Whatevah says:

    What a cutie!

  5. Kailani says:

    Physically, PERFECT casting. Can’t wait! :)

  6. Mr. Tran K says:

    Oh; I thought it was a REAL recast. This doesn’t count.

  7. I bet this kid will be beating Luke at Chess, and just plain beating Manny up before season’s end.