'Modern Family' Star: Sitcom Characters Don't Grow

The cast and executive producers shared thoughts at PaleyFest on keeping the show fresh after six seasons.
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Steve Levitan, Ed O'Neill and Sofia Vergara

It was one big happy family at PaleyFest Saturday night.

Modern Family's stars and producers gathered to talk about keeping the magic alive six seasons in and their recent experimental episode shot completely with Apple products.

Co-creator Steve Levitan said he conceived of the Feb. 25 episode while talking to one of his two daughters over Facetime. "Connection Lost," took place on Claire's (Julie Bowen) desktop as she communicated with her family.

"Everybody here can think of times when much of their life is revealed by what's on their computer screen," said Levitan.

Meanwhile, Ty Burrell (Phil) shared thoughts on keeping the show fresh as the years go on.

"Part of the challenges of being in the sixth season is … not just wanting to do the slotted thing that you've worked into over the years," said Burrell, who said he doesn't believe "characters grow on a sitcom," but rather they are just put into new situations which reveal new sides to them.

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"I don't think you guys really want us to grow because if we did, I wouldn't fall over things anymore," he said.

Sarah Hyland (Hayley) said she enjoyed having a potentially romantic storyline with Andy (Adam DeVine), teasing that she hopes they end up together.

"I'm rooting for a certain outcome," she said, adding that she is as in the dark as viewers. "They never tell me what's going on. It's kind of been that way since the beginning."   

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Executive producer Danny Zuker talked about his famous Twitter feud with Donald Trump. Asked if enough time had passed for him to be over it, he indicated that no, he was not over it.

"I would say something nice over his rotting corpse. He's an awful human," said Zuker.

Eric Stonestreet (Cameron) dismissed criticism of less than savory choices Cam and other characters make, saying it's perfectly realistic if they mess up.

"We all are flawed human beings," said Stonestreet. "We hold that mirror up to people, and I feel smart people see into all of our flaws in life and that we don't always make the best choice."

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