After 11 seasons, ABC’s Modern Family is coming to an end tomorrow with a two-part finale entitled, fittingly, “Finale.” As someone who hasn’t regularly tuned in since season five, when it won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for a fifth straight year !, I cannot speak to the quality of the show. So, I’ll leave it up to Sarah Hyland.
The actress, who plays Claire and Phil Dunphy’s daughter Haley, told Cosmopolitan that she was disappointed with how her character’s arc came to an end. She wanted to see Haley “own her badassery in the fashion world, becoming a badass stylist or brand mogul or anything like that.” Instead, she had twins, and became defined by her struggles with parenthood. “There are so many amazing mothers who are also hard workers and excel at their jobs and kill it every day in both aspects,” Hyland said. “That would have been a really cool thing to see, especially from someone like Haley.”
This isn’t the first time Hyland has expressed her irritation with Modern Family. When fans noticed that Haley was absence from over half the episodes in the final season, she tweeted, “Apparently I’ve been busy with the twins.” Hyland also didn’t know that Haley’s grandfather Frank played by the great Fred Willard died until the episode aired. “So I don’t read scripts of the episodes of Modern Family that I’m not in, so I just found out that my grandpa’s dead along with all of you,” she said on Instagram. “I still feel special.”
If that’s what happened to Haley these past six seasons, I can’t wait to learn what Manny is up to. Oh, he’s still the worst? Never mind. The Modern Familyseries finale airs Wednesday, April 8, at 8 pm EST.
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SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details about tonight’s series finale of Schitt’s Creek.
In the penultimate episode of Schitt’s Creek, we hit one of many emotional mile markers on its journey to Tuesday night’s final hurrah with the Rose family. The scene in question shows David Dan Levy and Stevie Emily Hampshire sitting on a car in front of a house that David’s soon-to-be-husband Patrick Noah Reid wants to buy for them. It is here, where David shares one of the most touching scenes of the series with Stevie, where she tearfully asks him not to leave to New York. David cries and in turn, we all cry…and then we laugh when David asks Stevie if she was wearing deodorant. Even so, this was not the last tear shed as there were buckets more in the finale.
Dan Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Noah Reid Courtesy of Pop TV
“You know, a lot of the tears were real and some were from the character,” show co-creator and star Dan Levy told Deadline in regards to shooting the series finale. “Knowing that it was the last day we were shooting on our sets, that played a part in just how special the day was. I think getting to watch our entire cast all dressed up was really emotional for all of us as well.”
Levy says that if you look in the background during one scene, Rizwan Manji who plays real estate agent Ray, is legitimately crying while videotaping David and Patrick’s wedding.
“It’s moments like that where you just realize we had a really great team and we had a collection of actors who loved each other so much and loved what they were doing and cared so deeply for the work — and you don’t get that often. Shooting that wedding scene was just so special for all of us.”
Noah Reid and Emily Hampshire Courtesy of Pop TV
David and Patrick’s wedding was the perfect way to cap six seasons of the Pop TV series that Levy created with his father Eugene Levy, who plays his father Johnny — but the episode does not kick off perfectly.
On the morning of David’s big day that he has been meticulously planning with painstaking aplomb, we find out that his outdoor festival of matrimony has been rained out. Obviously, David is freaking out while his father, mother Moira Catherine O’Hara and Alexis Annie Murphy attempt to do some damage control.
Moira agrees to be the officiant after David’s “haiku-ist” is unable to attend. Meanwhile, Johnny tries to find an alternate venue — but naturally, David is still in full panic mode. Luckily, Patrick has been prepared for this. He is one step ahead of the game and has scheduled a relaxing massage for David because he had a feeling something like this would happen.