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Keeping ‘Modern Family’ Modern: ABC Sitcom Offers a Twist on the Second-Screen Experience

Feb 17, 2015  •  Post A Comment

ABC has come up with a way to make sure “Modern Family” keeps up with the times. USA Today reports that the show will air an episode that puts a twist on the second-screen experience, taking place entirely on the computer.

“Watching a TV show on a computer screen is commonplace. Watching a computer screen on a TV show is something different,” the article notes.

The episode “acknowledges the reality of busy online lives with a story that appears to take place entirely on a computer screen, with all communications via Facebook, Facetime, instant message and other forms of digital communication (Feb. 25, 9 p.m. ET/PT),” the story reports. “The TV screen takes on the appearance of a computer for the episode, with images of and communications between the various family members overlapping with other visual and text boxes.”

Steve Levitan, co-creator of the show and the director of the episode, talked about it at a recent screening, saying, “This is how families are communicating today. I see it in my family all the time.”

The report adds: “The episode centers on Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen), who is at an airport awaiting a flight home as she unsuccessfully tries to contact eldest child Haley (Sarah Hyland) after a big fight.”

The episode was reportedly recorded using iPhone 6, iPad and MacBook Pro.



  1. Wow. So creative. *Yawn*

  2. That is awesome. Although not exactly wonderful. *yawn again*

  3. Cool. That is just crazy! *go Pokes!*

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