ABC’s Emmy-winning sitcom “Modern Family” will tackle the historic Supreme Court ruling that led to the legalization of same-sex marriage in California in its first episode of the show’s fifth season. As reported by Deadline on August 14, writer Jeffrey Richman admitted at an onstage table read that he started writing a storyline prior to the ruling.
“We would have been extremely unlucky writers had the decision gone the other way.”
He joked that he was more happy to be a writer on that historic day of June 26 than as a gay man because it meant he could write the episode that is set to premiere on September 25.
Creator Steve Levitan and the cast remained tight lipped on any other plots the show has in store for viewers. Levitan actually pleaded with tweeters not to spoil any of the premiere’s surprises including whether or not there will be a same-sex wedding between the show’s gay couple Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet).
The popularity of “Modern Family” as well as the exposure of gay characters like Mitch and Cam gives Richman an opportunity to migrate a current real life issue like gay marriage into a show that has a broad enough audience to show the effect and emotions of the ruling through two of the show’s more popular characters.