PASADENA, Calif. -- The new comedy that is getting the best critical buzz this fall is ABC's "Modern Family," a very funny mockumentary in which cameras follow around one traditional family and two non-traditional families.
ABC originally asked critics to avoid giving out the show's big secret in their reviews of the pilot, which stars Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen and several other actors with less recognizable names.
To be honest, I didn't see the secret coming and executive producer Steve Levitan said that even his cynical writing friends didn't guess it.
"We wanted to preserve the surprise," said Levitan. But he added that ABC changed its mind about keeping the secret after it did audience testing.
If you don't want to know the secret and haven't seen any promos that have revealed it, stop reading now. I will say not knowing probably would help your enjoyment of the pilot but not later episodes.
So here it is -- all three of the families are related.
Levitan said ABC changed its mind about keeping that secret because one of the things that test audiences liked about the show "is the fact that they are all one family."
-- Alan Pergament