ABC to Air Two Back-to-Back New Episodes of 'Modern Family' on October 10, Giving 'Nashville' a Strong Lead-In

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October 5th, 2012

via press release:



Get a double dose of “Modern Family,” winner of three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, with a special one-hour event on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10 (9:00-9:31 & 9:31-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.


In the first half of the hour, entitled “Schooled” (9:00-9:31 p.m.), Phil and Claire drop Haley off at college, a difficult moment for any parent, but made worse when they manage to really embarrass her. Meanwhile, Manny forces Jay and Gloria to take a baby class, and when Lily gets into a playground tussle on the first day of kindergarten, Mitch and Cam have a meeting with the other child’s confrontational lesbian parents (guest stars Wendi McLendon-Covey and Michaela Watkins). In the second half of the hour, entitled “Snip” (9:31-10:00 p.m.), Phil and Claire’s five-year plan has him going in for a vasectomy, and today’s the big day; Jay and Gloria disagree about whether or not to find out the sex of the baby -- and all the while Gloria’s in denial about needing maternity clothes – and Mitchell tries to gently steer Cameron towards a part-time job, but will Cameron fall for it?

“Modern Family” stars Ed O’Neill as Jay, Julie Bowen as Claire, Ty Burrell as Phil, Sofía Vergara as Gloria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron, Sarah Hyland as Haley, Nolan Gould as Luke, Ariel Winter as Alex, Rico Rodriguez as Manny and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily.


“Schooled” was written by Steven Levitan and Dan O’Shannon, and directed by Jeff Melman.


“Snip” was written by Danny Zuker and directed by Gail Mancuso.


“Modern Family” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s Selected HD Format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. These programs carry a TV-PG,D,L parental guideline.


  • j

    I hope this helps, as I watched the pilot and it was quite good. Not great, but the other pilots I’ve seen this season were mediocre to bad.

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  • danny94

    Hope Nahsville is a hit after 666PA bombed it my only hope for a soapy primetime show

  • Glue

    Nashville isn’t as good as i hoped.

    I watched the pilot beforehand and it wasn’t good. It was boring.

  • juan

    well everyone says its a great pilot and not just critics so will definately watch.

  • Chris L

    A one-hour lead-in of Modern Family helped launch Revenge last year, so ABC’s hoping to go 2-for-2. I would be surprised if Nashville launches with a mid-2 rating.

  • Bookworm

    I hope this helps Nashville and with the advertising they have been doing, I expect the premiere to be big. Hopefully upper 2’s or lower 3’s. I won’t put money on it since I was expecting the same from 666 Park slope and you can see how that worked out.

  • Doug

    Nashville was the best broadcast pilot I’ve seen in a loooong time. Beautifully filmed (on location), and even though I’m not a country fan, the music was good. Connie Briton was brilliant.

    It’s a little bit slow at first, but they throw out lots of plot tentacles throughout the episode that definitely make me want to see episode two, something which both Last Resort and 666 failed to do. It sort of has the vibe of a country-music tinged version of Dynasty or Dallas.

  • JD

    Nashville looks great, has gotten great reviews, so I’m in. Plus the stars are pretty awesome, and it really has a good chance of succeeding.

  • Doug

    Just to add – I kind of wonder what ABC’s expectations of NAshville are. I think Revenge was probably received as a bit of a fluke by them – they haven’t done well Wednesday at 10pm with a new drama since… I’d have to dig up information on that. But not at least in the last 15 years I’ve been tracking this stuff. Now they know they have a chance to own this timeslot, so they’re going big. Good to see.

  • rob60990

    I watched the pilot after reading on several sites you don’t have to be a fan of country music to like this. I have to disagree. There was a lot of country music singing and it bored me. But there is definitely an audience out there for this so it could be a modest hit.

  • Justin121

    Now that I think about it, why didn’t they give Nashville the Grey’s lead-in?

    A strong lead-in every week is better than a one-off ModFam lead-in.

    Not to mention this is probably THE show that is finally compatable with Grey’s (soap/music).

  • Don

    Hey don’t forget The Bold and Beautiful. Rayna James and Juliette Barnes, could be the new Stephanie Douglas Forrester and Brooke Logan respectfully.

  • Raykov

    It was expected since Modern Family is now 2 episodes behind The Middle and the fact that Suburgatory doesn’t debut until 17 October.

    IMO GA wouldn’te be a good lead-in for Nashville. The Best place for Nashville is on Mondays after DWTS – there the competition is 2 male-oriented shows (H5O and Revolution).

  • Charmed

    I have the same feeling about Nashville as I did with Once Upon A Time last year, that it would be a hit, and I think I’ll be right again this year :D

  • MoHasanie

    Well, they’re giving it one of the best lead in any network can give your show right now, so they are expecting high ratings. I’ll watch it and see if I like it. If this show premieres badly, then ABC had no hits this season.

  • MoHasanie

    lead in’s*

  • Mark

    The Middle – 2.7
    The Neighbors – 2.0
    Modern Family – 5.5
    Modern Family – 5.7
    Nashville – 3.4

    Chicago Fire – 2.2

  • Dan S

    Nashville should crack 3.0 & if it doesn’t suck become the only other 10pm show after Revolution to stay above that demo. I’ll give it a look & hope it lives up to the hype even though I’m not a big fan of country music.

  • Agnes

    Perhaps I’m being reductive, but Nashville seems like Country & Western Smash to me. Good luck with that, ABC!

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