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.


  • Match

    Last season ABC had only two hits Revenge and Once Upon A Time. I think this season will be the same with Nashville and the upcoming sitcom How to live with your parents. The show will debut Tuesdays at 8:00 pm but if the Family tools the other sitcom fails it will replace Suburgatory at 9:30, returning Suburgatory to 8:30.

    So by spring i predict this:
    08:00 The Middle
    08:30 Suburgatory
    09:00 Modern Family
    09:30 How to live with your parents
    10:00 Nashville

    As it should’ve been in the first place.

  • CarShark

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

    Probably because they were expecting more out of Scandal. Low 2s during the spring is nothing special, but it did go up for the finale, thanks to Grey’s. I figured that with a little promotion, a few choice reruns and a big pop from Grey’s premiere, Scandal might see the right side of 2.5. Alas, it wasn’t to be.

  • simonal

    Nashville is the umpteenth All About Eve remake that will only appeal to the country audience.

  • Justin121


    They actually decided to give Scandal the post-Grey’s slot before it got its finale bump. It never seemd like a show that would grow into becoming a hit.

    On the other hand, a Grey’s/Nashville pairing could’ve been reminiscent of the Housewives/Grey’s pairing years ago (two top 3 hour-longs back-to-back).

    I actually think the poster who said Rhimes has some kind of deal to have only her shows follow Grey’s might be on to something…

  • Aeiouy

    2.5-2.7 premiere. 2.2-2.3 second week.

  • forg

    ABC needs a freshman hit so I hope it does well for them

  • Made in Philly

    You guys can have Nashville I’ll be watching Chicago Fire.

  • Mark


    I’ve seen the pilot and Nashville is nothing like Smash because it is actually good.

  • DenverDean

    Over the course of the couple of weeks, CSI will be back on top, that’s what happened last year (and it had similar SVU against it)… ABC is already having problems at 10/9 across the board. Castle/PP/Scandal/666 are all underperforming. With GA doing better than expected, I agree with the board that it might be a better lead-in to hold that big demo. Another option might be DWTS (Tuesday), that timeslot is wide open.

  • s0303

    i love connie britton, so i will definitely check this out…but i think this show would be better paired with greys anatomy and scandal…and last resort should have been on wed…

  • Dan

    Revenge was the rare gem that helped ABC for wednesday at 10. Maybe viewers were getting tired of the two oldest dramas on television also airing in that slot (CSI and SVU). I don’t think lightning can strike twice for ABC in that slot. CSI and Chicago Fire are the only competition but at best Nashville will likely lose to CSI and beat Chicago Fire.

  • simonal

    Revenge was not a big hit. Networks haven’t any BIG scripted hits in years since probably Modern Family.

    Wonder why this press release was done now when the on-screen listings and TV Guide had this last week. Plus they did an print ad last week.

  • Kris

    Smart move on ABC’s part. Nashville didn’t originally look like something I’d care for, though the trailer intrigued me a tad with the political aspect of the show. Seems to be garnering good reviews from critics and viewers alike, to boot. If Nashville does well, I could see ABC moving it to Sunday’s at 10. Seems like it would pair well with OUAT and Revenge.

  • ABCFanatic2012

    NASHVILLE is gonna be a HIT!

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