While I get it that Hollywood is all about keeping the audience's appetites whetted and that over-saturation is a bad idea for any enterprise, I have to say that I am a little underwhelmed at the quantity of new episodes for "Modern Family" this season. I mean last week it was the Country Music Awards on ABC, but it always seems to be something. Is it just me, or are fans of "Modern Family" being cheated out of new episodes?
You would figure that the producers of "Modern Family" would at least double up on new episodes around the end of the season if indeed they have sold us short at the beginning of it. But even if that does come to pass, what does this mean? My biggest fear is that we are all going to be going out for our Thanksgiving obligations Wednesday after work and miss another new episode.
Sofia Vergara and Ed O'Neill were already established Hollywood names before the first episode of "Modern Family" aired. I guess principals like Ty Burrell and Sarah Hyland have found themselves a little more in demand since the wave of "Modern Family" overtook the airwaves. But really ABC? Is this really what you want to do to this awesome show? Hold back on new episodes and frustrate your viewers? That's the way modern TV is though. If a show happens to fall on a night of the week where there are other things happening, then that show is going to suffer. It's not as though ABC could just move "Modern Family" to another night and shove any of their "Dancing with..." or Island survival shows out of their spots.
So nights like this past Wednesday, religious viewers to "Modern Family" like myself just sit and sigh. Hopefully "Modern Family" will step out onto the floor of real television magic and see what they can do for ABC on Thursday nights. I would gladly love a reason to turn on ABC during "Whitney" on NBC. Of course that could be asking just a little too much from the television gods.