Modern Family says goodbye after 11 seasons

After twelve years and 250 episodes, Modern Family, one of America’s most popular comedies, has finally drawn to a close.

There are no spoilers in this article.

 

The hit US ‘mockumentary style’ show, over eleven seasons, follows three modern-day families from California.  We see the families try to deal with their kids, quirky spouses and jobs in their own unique ways, often falling into hilarious situations. It has been a huge success with viewers and critics alike since it debuted on ABC in 2009.

The two-hour finale on Wednesday evening began with a documentary and concluded with a two-part episode. Viewers in the UK will get to see the finale on Sky One in May as we are six episodes behind the USA.

Actor Josh Gadd, who has previously guest starred on the show, congratulated the show on Twitter.

 

And Ellen DeGeneres tweeted her thanks.

 

After the show aired an emotional Jesse Tyler Ferguson, star of the show, tweeted:

 

An award-winning modern family

Modern Family reached its peak popularity in 2013-2014, when it would attract audiences of over 14 million viewers each week. But as streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu became more popular, it struggled to maintain its popularity, dropping to four million viewers in later seasons.

Over its twelve year run the show won several major awards, including a 2012 Golden Globe for best comedy series. It also won five consecutive Emmy awards for outstanding comedy series.

When it won five awards in a single night at the 2011 Emmys, host Jane Lynch famously joked after a commercial break: “Welcome back to the Modern Family Awards.”

The finale of Modern Family was unaffected by coronavirus as it had already been filmed before the outbreak and subsequent worldwide lockdown.

Jake Gyllenhaal reveals gay joke is reason Heath Ledger refused to present at Oscars

Heath Ledger refused to present at the Oscars in 2007 after being asked to make fun of their characters’ gay romance in Brokeback Mountain, according to co-star Jake Gyllenhaal.

Based on a 1997 award-winning short story of the same name, “Brokeback Mountain” depicts a relationship in the Wyoming mountains between cowboy Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and farmhand Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal). The film received eight nominations at the Academy Awards in 2006, winning three. It won best adapted screenplay, best musical score and best director for Ang Lee. It was expected to win best picture but surprisingly Crash, starring Sandra Bullock and Matt Dillon, took home the gong.

The pair were asked to present at the ceremony the following year, but a joke written into the opening monologue about the same-sex love story dissuaded Ledger from attending, according to Gyllenhaal.

He would never joke

In the interview for Another Man Magazine Jake Gyllenhaal spoke about Ledger’s refusal to attend.



“I mean, I remember they wanted to do an opening for the Academy Awards that year that was sort of joking about it,” he says. “And Heath refused. I was sort of at the time, ‘Oh, okay… whatever.’ I’m always like: it’s all in good fun. And Heath said, ‘It’s not a joke to me – I don’t want to make any jokes about it.’”

“I mean, I remember they wanted to do an opening for the Academy Awards that year that was sort of joking about it,” he says. “And Heath refused. I was sort of at the time, ‘Oh, okay… whatever.’ I’m always like: it’s all in good fun. And Heath said, ‘It’s not a joke to me – I don’t want to make any jokes about it.’”

“That’s the thing I loved about Heath. He would never joke,” Gyllenhaal added. “Someone wanted to make a joke about the story or whatever, he was like: ‘No. This is about love. Like, that’s it, man. Like, no.’”

When released in 2005, the film was deemed controversial by conservative critics who were unhappy at its portrayal of homosexuality.

Ledger went on to star as the Joker in The Dark Knight, but died following an accidental overdose of prescription medications in January 2008, before its release later that year.

 

Jodie Comer in Killing Eve

Killing Eve: Season Three Divides Critics

The eagerly anticipated third season of Killing Eve has received a mixed reaction from critics. While some reviewers have praised the latest series as “hilarious” and “gripping” others have panned it saying it is “pretty dull” and “a bit iffy”.

In a break from the norm the third (and possibly final) season won’t be released in its entirety. Instead the BBC have opted to release one episode per week on its BBC iPlayer platform. Fans will be delighted to know that due to the Coronavirus pandemic the series will premiere two weeks early. It will be available in the UK from Monday 13 April.

What is Killing Eve about? (spoiler alert)

Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh return as Villanelle and Eve in the new series of the assassin thriller, which also sees Harriet Walter and Steve Pemberton join the cast.

Based on Luke Jennings’ Codename Villanelle novellas, Killing Eve tells of a sultry professional assassin and a dogged MI6 operative on her trail. The second season climaxed with Villanelle apparently shooting Eve in Rome. The third season begins with Eve in a thankless new job, having survived Villanelle’s attempt on her life. Before long, however, a shocking death once again sets them on a collision course.


The honeymoon phase is over

Ed Cumming from The Independent believes it is being released early because the BBC knows the show is “a bit iffy these days, and wants to get it out while the entire Western world is under house arrest, glued to their TV”.

He added: “It’s 2020, and phones still click and whoop when texts are sent. The humour is weary. Comer remains watchable, but she could film herself opening her post and it would be better than a lot of what’s on TV.” He gave the series a two star review.

TV Guide‘s Kaitlyn Thomas says the new series “feels like a copy of its former” while Anita Singh of The Telegraph says “the novelty has worn off” and it is “no longer TV’s must-watch”.

“Where can the story go now, and does anyone care about the show as much as they used to?” she asked. “The killings in Killing Eve used to be inventive – remember the poison perfume – but the one featured in this episode was pretty dull.”

In a more forgiving review Metro‘s Tilly Pearce says the darkly comic thriller is “as hilarious, gripping and extra as ever”.

“It’s juicy and entertaining and shocking and stylish as always,” reassured Observer‘s Brandon Katz. “But the Honeymoon phase is over. We know these two can’t make it together in the long run and so does the show itself. That’s the problem.”

Killing Eve returns for season 3 on:
Sunday 12 April on BBC America in the USA
Monday 13 April on BBC iPlayer in the UK
You’ll also be able to watch episodes weekly from Saturday 19 April at 9pm on BBC One.

Kevin Smith aims to make Moose Jaws

Moose Jaws will be made says Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith, known for his hilarious budget flicks, has said he wants to make Moose Jaws a reality, years after it had apparently been shelved.

The comedy horror has been in the pipeline for a few years but the Jay & Silent Bob Reboot star has never had the chance to get it in the can. Until now that is. With the Coronavirus pandemic putting a stop to life as we know it, Smith has used this time to start making plans to bring this unusual movie into production.

During a live Q&A session on his YouTube channel last Friday (3 April) Smith said:

“Moose Jaws is the movie I’m doing that’s Jaws but with a moose instead of a shark. It’s so weird that you bring it up. We have a phone call about it with some of the folks that we made Reboot with next week. A conference call. So yeah, it may be bubbling back to life. Wouldn’t that be nice? Head up to the Canadian outdoors, spread far apart from everybody, making movies. One day, when we’re allowed to do that sort of thing again. So yeah, movement on Moose Jaws!”



It’s Jaws but with a moose!

Smith made no bones about how much he loved the concept for this new comedy film. The Clerks writer/director said at Sundance back in 2016:

“Moose Jaws is like, it’s my favourite thing I’ve ever written. This is a fuckin’ fan film. This is like pouring my heart out on a page. I love Jaws, and I love Canada, and I combined the two of them. So the whole thing is beat-for-beat Jaws, up until the third act. In the third act it becomes Godzilla, Destroy All Monsters, Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan, and ends with Return of the Jedi. It’s pretty magical.”

“Justin [Long] returns as Tusk,” he added, “and he fights Moose Jaws.”

You can watch the Q&A in full here:

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