A new Lily for 'Modern Family'?
July 7th, 2011
10:11 AM ET

A new Lily for 'Modern Family'?

"Modern Family's" baby Lily was going to have to grow up some day, right?

According to E! Online, there's a casting notice out for an "Asian, 3- to 4-year-old daughter of Mitchell and Cameron" to join the acclaimed show as a series regular.

But don't cry for twins Ella and Jaden Hiller, who portray the adorable tot - Jesse Tyler Ferguson explained to E! previously that a recast may be on the way since Lily's supposed to have a stronger role in the storyline.

"Lily will definitely be more prominent in season three. It's interesting with children because we can't force this 2½-year-old child to start speaking, and we don't know if the twins who play Lily are inclined toward acting, so maybe we'll cast another older child who can talk and who wants to be an actress to play Lily," Ferguson explained in the earlier interview. "But definitely we'll explore more with Lily next season. She'll be almost 3, so you have to have her as an integral part of the storyline. You know, she'll be going to preschool and socializing more and all that stuff, so it will be fun."

What do you think - are you ready for a new Lily? While you chew that over, here's some more casting news:

  • “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office over the weekend, and what do you know: Johnny Depp may be pulling out his Captain Jack Sparrow accent for another round. According to the Wrap, Depp is close to securing a deal to reprise his character in a fifth “Pirates” installment. Back in May it was reported that writer Terry Rossio, who scripted the first four movies, was back on board to craft a fifth film. According to the Wrap, Depp hasn’t seen the rough draft yet, and his signing on again will depend on whether he likes what he reads.

  • “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer is ready to make her debut as a producer, but this film has nothing to do with the undead. Instead, Meyer is tackling a romantic comedy called “Austenland,” to be directed by “Nacho Libre” and “Napoleon Dynamite” co-writer Jerusha Hess, according to the Hollywood Reporter. (It’ll also be Hess’s first time in the director’s chair.) Starring Keri Russell, JJ Feild (“Centurion”) and Bret McKenzie (“The Flight of the Conchords”), “Austenland” tells the story of a single 30-something woman who has a huge, secret crush on Mr. Darcy in the BBC adaptation of “Pride & Prejudice," which has Colin Firth in the role. She’s so infatuated that it starts to get in the way of real life romance because no guy can live up to the character, but when she heads on vacation to a resort in England called Austenland, she meets an actor playing Mr. Darcy who’d like to try.

  • Meanwhile, Christopher Walken, Sharon Stone, Edie Falco and Phylicia Rashad have all signed on to play the titular gods in the upcoming adaptation of “Gods Behaving Badly,” according to Movieline. Walken will be your Zeus, Stone is Aphrodite, Falco will be Artemis, and Rashad is taking on Demeter. The movie tells the story of Greek gods who are alive and living in a brownstone in NYC when they come across a young couple, Kate and Neil. When the mortals meet the immortals, it threatens Kate and Neil’s relationship plus everything else. Kate will be played by new mom Alicia Silverstone, and Neil will be portrayed by Ebon Moss-Bachrach ("The Lake House"). The rest of the gods are: Apollo, played by Oliver Platt; Dionysus, played by Nelsan Ellis; Eros, played by Gideon Glick; Hades, played by John Turturro; Hermes, played by Henry Zebrowski; and Persephone, played by Rosie Perez.

  • And then there’s Jennifer Aniston, who, according to reports, wants to work on nothing but herself for the next year and is going on a hiatus, an insider tells Us Weekly.

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  3. evie

    The change was inevitable. I've been pointing out to people all season that they have no affect whatsoever. None. Their faces are always impassive. Not a single smile has been caught on camera in two years. That isn't going to work in tv, especially a comedy. I'm just glad they are not letting it go for a third year.

    July 12, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. oi

    TV magic means the tiny snippets of "lily" that you see isn't reflective of the actors that portray her. Just like how actors are only captured at their most attractive angles and under the best lights but in real life, especially when without makeup, they look like regular people.

    The sick Fs that are insulting these babies are just gross hateful people. Who the hell insults babies?!

    And frankly, plenty of quiet stoic babies grow up to be successful academics. Research has shown that people with observant personality learn more and are more conscientious of things i.e. recipe for success

    July 10, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. School Science Experiments

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    July 10, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Shes just a kid...

    all you have to do is google "lily modern family" and real pictures of the girls will show up with them smiling. Just because they arent shown doing things normal toddlers do doesnt mean there's somthing wrong with them. There's no reason to jump to conclusions like that because they're shown how the show WANTS them to be shown, and thats as the quiet, somewhat awkward little girl. Her role in this show is precious, and adds to many of the laughs associated with it. She'll be a hard one to replace/forget, but im glad to hear this "new lily" will have a stronger role from now on.

    July 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Colleen

    Lily NEVER smiles though, it freaks me out!!!

    July 9, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ripley1977

    If the show is having a successful run, why change it now?

    July 9, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joe

    So if I have the math right....if we were to make Johnny Depp movies a fund raiser for the national debt, it would take 9,000 releases just like "On Stranger Tides" to pay for the total....crazy....

    July 8, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sllepless

    Has anyone seriously considered that, just maybe, the twins don't speak English????? Or that they may only speak a little??? Honestly, some of these comments are just plain mean.

    July 8, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. JT

    My daughter did not speak much when around a lot people when she was that age. She was timid and shy but definately not "developmentally challanged." Today she is a well adjusted, very intelligent med-student. Just because someone does not feel the need to talk does not mean something is wrong. After all, look at all of our politicians who won't shut up and they don't have a brain between all of them.

    July 8, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jean

    No!! I love the little girls who play Lily. I love the blank looks and lack of expression... It's a good blance to the craziness of her 2 fathers. Keep the old Lily!!

    July 8, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. NanookoftheNorth

    CNN – when I hit 'reply' I expect my post to show up under the the comment I'm replying to. Why the hell is it showing up at the end of the comments ??

    July 8, 2011 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. NanookoftheNorth

    When I enter 'reply' I'd expect my post to be under the comment I'm replying to. Why the hell does it show up at the end and not under the comment ? This happened the other night as well, please look into it.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. Terrapintexan

    The twins they have now are nearly brain dead. Replacing them is a good idea.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  16. suzy diamond

    I find it WILDLY strange that never a WORD is uttered by these twins that play Lily! I don't think they're right for the part. They are incredibly QUIET. It's WEIRD!! They need a baby that says SOMETHING, ONE WORD AT LEAST! They definitely need someone else for the role of Lily.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  17. lizzy10

    Hey, do you recast the people in your lives if they don't live up to your expectations? Only the girls who play Lily should play Lily until they don't want to anymore.

    July 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  18. C

    I figured at some point they would need a new Lily, she(the twins) was either going to grow up to fast or not fast enough.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Truth

    As long as she is not replaced by Betty White...

    July 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  20. ToCin4

    Nooo!!!! Why are they recasting!! Audiences like to grow with the show and their characters! And they are so cute. Its a shame if they replace them. I won't watch if there is a new Lily.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cinnabuns

      You won't tune in anymore if they re-cast Lily? If your sole reason for watching Modern Family is the Lily character, the human prop who gets maybe 2 minutes of airtime once a week and does nothing but stare, then I suggest you spend your Wednesday nights watching your socks tumbling round and round in the dryer. It'll probably entertain you just as much as Lily did.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Casey Anthony

    Anybody who thinks Aniston is sweet and innocent has a screw loose! Get real will you!!
    And personally I don't care who plays Lily on Modern Family.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Jeezus is dead- and so's he kid

    Get rid of the stone kid and the "parents"- will be a much better show. like the show a lot, but got fed up with what's becoming the obligatory gay character.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • You Dumb

      The gay couple have been on the show since day one – so I'm not sure how you used to like the show a lot but don't like shows that have the "obligatory gay character."

      July 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  23. TouchedByJesus

    They should just kill this character off by saying the gays realized they were carrying a dead baby around for 2 years. Or perhaps, she could have been adopted by the Florida murderer. What a worthless, creepy little character. No expressions, no sounds, no movements. Worthless.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • BurnBabyBurn

      You do realize that is a CHILD you're horribly insulting, don't you?! "TouchedByJesus" my @ss! Unless Jesus was a real jerk! Seriously, if you were being real in your post, I think you deserve to die.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • FriendOfChrist

      Oh no you dinnit, "Touched By Jesus". The only place Jesus be touchin you is yo doodoo hole. If dey wanna kill dat bebe, dat's dey decision. You ain't my real dad.

      July 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Todd

    This show is so gross.If I want to watch a show with a gay male couple at least make them hot and not the toads above.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • bryan

      Thanks for enforcing the superficial stereotype of our community, jackknife. We can't all be twinks, you know.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • JimS.

      Yes, because all gay couples on TV, as well as all straight couples, should be gorgeous, right?

      July 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • canucken

      This show is gross? What, are you 12 years old? Gross? The show is gross. Sorry, have to keep repeating because it's so juvenile. Gross? Wow.

      July 7, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  25. MM

    Maybe the child just became aware she doesn't have a mommy.....

    July 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  26. jeff

    I hate the gay couple in this show.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • canucken

      You like the gay couple in another show?

      July 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      Lol. idiot. Did you know one of them is straight? Gasp! Homphobes are sad little creatures. Same as your regular good ol bigot, you miss out on so much in life using only half your brain. You can't shut out out the human race.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Sherry

    So glad Aniston is taking a year off. Maybe she can find a movie that is half way decent to act in. All her movies are pretty much the same crap. So tired of "sweet and innocent" Jennifer.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Aunt LoLo

    Yaaaaay! I've been wondering if that child was ever going to say ANYTHING! A new LIly that interacts (like the Olsen Twins did) would make the gay couple's part in the show so much more interesting.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Bean

    I actually think the children who play Lily might be autistic. Her lack of expression worries me. I'd be happy for a child who interacts more.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jill

      I've been thinking exactly the same thing. I've never seen such a lifeless toddler.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • :(

      I agree. Watching Lily now that she's older and the twins still aren't speaking is quite sad.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • JimS.

      So you assume that just because they doesn't talk on the finished product, that the kids don't talk off-camera? I guess you're saying "TV always reflects reality"?

      July 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • canucken

      My wife and I say the same thing about 'Lily' as well. She never, ever shows any expression. Nothing. That's not normal.

      July 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Will

    Who the eff uses phrases like "tot"?

    July 7, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Paulina

    YES!!! FInally that girl (twins, whatever) can get out of there! Her semi-autistic blank stare and lack of verbal communication is downright creepy.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  32. sean

    I'm glad for the change. The little girls that play that role, while cute, do absolutely nothing but sit and stare blankly, which, personally, I do not find funny. A rock could replace them and it wouldn't make a difference. Let's hope the new Lily can bring something to the show.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  33. DuhWinning

    I hear Charlie Sheen is available.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  34. Jeremy

    I would prefer them to keep this Lilly. I agree that the blank stares are what make her so precious! You just know she's thinking "get me the hell away from these two!!!"

    July 7, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  35. FaithLynnette

    .,..betcha Kate Gosselin is wishing one of her girls was younger...'bout now....{{,,,just sayin'}}

    July 7, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  36. stacy

    SNL should ask casey anthony to host. she'd be great. she's very pretty and she's also very smart. my daughter thinks she's hilarious.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  37. Jan

    Didn't take long for the racists to start commenting - and first comment no less!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  38. Carly

    More excited about the Jennifer Aniston hiatus. May it last until eternity.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  39. HELL NO!


    July 7, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  40. Baker1

    I agree, Lily doen't have to say a word to get some of the biggest laughs. She is one of my favorite characters.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |

      So true. Just the look she sometimes has on her face is so funny that she really doesn't have to say anything.

      July 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |

    Lily is the straight person to her absurd Dads. I love her "wow, these two adopted me?" look.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Kukla Fran and Ollie

      What you people find so funny about her "looks" is really a cry for help. Behind those little innocent eyes she is thinking..."Dear God, Please KILL ME KNOW."

      July 7, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Bond

      Straight being the operative word.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Noooo

    Those signature Lily blank stares are soooo funny! When Gloria opens the door to Lily holding a flower, anyone? Love those twins.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • BMX99

      personally, i like glorias twins better

      July 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paulina

      Funny? No way, man, I find that kid creepy. What's with the writers, putting a kid in front of the camera who is clearly like 2 years old but never says a word. Maybe they need to write a storyline explaining why a 2-year-old can't talk.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Forme?

      Touché BMX99, touché.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • :(

      No, something is obviously wrong developmentally with the twins that play Lily. It's not funny, it's rather sad.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • wilson

      Because of that kids lack of reaction, I think that most people who watched thought she might have "special needs".

      July 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • JimS.

      How are you so sure those twins are "developmentally challenged"? Just because the kids don't talk on the final edited product, doesn't mean they aren't yammering their heads off in filming, that needs to be edited out. Maybe they'd talk your ear off at home, but they clam up in the weird environment of the film studio. Lots of kids would!

      July 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • sora

      the new lily!

      July 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ava


      July 7, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoeBlow

      But don't cry for twins Ella and Jaden Hiller, who portray the adorable tot

      July 7, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |

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