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.