The seventh season of “Modern Family” premieres on ABC Wednesday, 23 September.
This season Jay (Ed O’Neill) and Gloria’s (Sofia Vergara) son Joe Pritchett (Pierce Wallace), will be replaced by a “slightly older” actor. The reason for the change is a change in the character of Joe who will be more “rough and tumble”. More Luke (Nolan Gould) than older brother Manny (Rico Rodriguez). The new Joe is played by Jeremy Maguire.
Joe is not the first character in Modern Family history to undergo a change, Lily Tucker-Pritchett was previously played by a different actress.
In the finale of the sixth season, Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) quit his job and in the new season is busy looking for a new job leaving Cameron (Eric Stonetreet) in charge of the finances – probably not the best idea!
Meanwhile, a new relationship is on the horizon for Hayley (Sarah Hyland) and Alex (Ariel Winter) is off to College, where she has to deal with homesickness.
Finally Jay (Ed O’Neill) is thinking of retirement and Claire (Julie Bowen) feels under pressure to follow in his footsteps.