You never asked why nobody ever paid for a beer. LLOYD I don’t think it’s too often that you have actors feeling the same things the characters they portray are feeling. So, personally, I think I took that forward in my career: Rather than write something where everybody's sarcastic and snarky and mean-spirited, it's better to write something where the audience can be amused by the characters, but also just genuinely enjoy their company. LEVITAN Jay was the character who started out with one foot in the old way of thinking, and he was trying to figure out his way in a new world. It would be better to be stepping into a life with lots of distractions and new things to think about. We went through this on “Frasier” after “Cheers” ended. I think it's very unlikely you'd find yourself in that situation [now]. From award-winning writing and photography to binge-ready videos to electric live events, GQ meets millions of modern men where they live, creating the moments that create conversations. For this finale, we’ll all be in our individual homes with no co-watching. Yet it often felt more like a beginning than an ending, as the members of the show’s extended clan were sent off in new directions. GQ: Growing up, how much time did you spend on the Cheers set? Joe Corallo: Diversity, Big and Small. Phil and Claire (Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen) decided to embark on a cross-country RV trip after all three of their kids moved out of the house; Jay and Gloria (Ed O’Neill and Sofia Vergara) planned to spend the summer visiting her relatives in Colombia; and Mitchell and Cameron (Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet) moved to Missouri after Cameron landed his dream job as a college football coach. Our world had gotten so fast. Miscellaneous Crew | This sounds like the greatest thing ever.". "When I was beginning my career," Christopher says, "I'd get Cheers scripts and try to break them down and outline them, so I could understand their structure. (age 75) All rights reserved. The showrunners discussed what it was like to have the finale land during the coronavirus crisis, the possibility of a spinoff and the episode’s homage to “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” These are edited excerpts from the conversations. Feeling it come to an end was a sad notion for us, but at the same time, I can’t complain for one second. LEVITAN If a good idea comes around that we all believe in, I’m open to it. In the old days, there were such enormous audiences for the big hits that you could get away with shows trickling along, because the other shows were making enough money. 2009 And the characters weren't mean. He wrote Woody's wedding episode, which was one long, continuous, farcical scene. That’s not something you see in real life these days, so it feels like we shot that 20 years ago. To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. With Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell. How does this finale feel different from the end of “Frasier,” which also ran 11 seasons? LLOYD It’s not a great synchronicity because there’s a natural sadness to saying goodbye to what’s been a charmed life. | He didn’t know so much would be thrown at him in this do-over, but it was nice to see him evolve. Napercise Is Our New Dream Workout, 05 May 2017 It just needs to find its audience." That must be very personal for you, Christopher, since your late father, David Lloyd, co-wrote that episode. David Lloyd was born on July 7, 1934 in Bronxville, New York, USA as David Gibbs Lloyd. “Everybody was heading towards something that sounded pretty good.”. It was a dream run, and to protect the legacy of the show, it was time to let it go. Do you feel the finale has a different resonance now than when you shot it, before the coronavirus crisis had started to have a widespread impact on Americans? You went with it, because the spirit of the show was so great. **Christopher Lloyd: **I was in college by the time the show was on, so I never went to a filming. So there was a lot of very real emotion coming from our actors. This interview contains spoilers for the “Modern Family” series finale. By the end, he has fully planted his other foot on the more progressive side. LLOYD: I think that Modern Family always had an appeal to people and families because it was a little more sophisticated than most family shows. Would you say Jay’s evolution as a character — he now embraces both Mitchell and Cameron as his sons, and he’s learning Spanish so he can converse with Gloria — reflects some cultural changes that have happened in America since the show started?
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