The complete series of “Modern Family” is available on digital, with season 11 due on DVD June 9.
The series, which just completed its run on ABC, follows the diverse, complex, and sometimes nutty Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan. The family is headed by Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill), who is now married to his second wife, the young, gorgeous Gloria (Sofia Vergara), assumed by some to be his daughter. In their care is Gloria’s daydreaming son Manny (Rico Rodriguez). Jay’s driven daughter Claire (Julie Bowen) and her real estate agent husband Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) want an open, healthy relationship with their three kids, which isn’t always easy. Their oldest daughter Haley (Sarah Hyland) grows up a little too fast. She moves out, and then moves back in again with her fiancé and their twin babies. Middle child Alex (Ariel Winter) is a too-smart-for-her-own-good daughter, and the youngest, Luke (Nolan Gould), is a rambunctious son. Where Phil wants to be the “cool dad,” Claire is determined to keep her kids from walking in the wayward footsteps of her younger days. Jay’s very serious son Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and his gregarious husband Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) become doting parents to Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons), the Vietnamese girl they adopt.
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In season 11, as Haley and Dylan and the twins move in with Phil and Claire, Manny heads for college, Alex tries out life beyond academics, and Luke seeks his next move. Mitch and Cam try to understand their gifted teen, and Jay and Gloria navigate their now seasoned marriage as the large family lives, loves and laughs in the acclaimed series’ final season.
A byproduct of Disney’s acquisition of Fox may be more Dolby Vision titles, if the most recent announcement of a Fox home entertainment release is any indication.
Previously, Fox was a supporter of HDR 10+, a no-license-fee competitor to Dolby Vision, but Fox’s recently announced Alita: Battle Angel will be available in 4K UHD Blu-ray with HDR 10, HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision, according to press release. Dolby Vision and HDR 10+ employ dynamic metadata, allowing the picture to adjust scene by scene.
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“Twentieth Century Fox aims to deliver the best possible viewing experience for consumers,” according to a Fox statement provided to Media Play News on the subject. “The formats for each title release are determined on a case-by-case basis in partnership with the filmmakers.”
Disney has been a supporter of Dolby Vision.
Richard Parsons has resigned from the CBS board of directors, including his position as interim chairman.
In his place, CBS named veteran entertainment executive Strauss Zelnick to assume Parsons’ positions – garnered following the resignation of Les Moonves due to allegations of inappropriate workplace behavior. The appointment follows a unanimous Oct. 21 decision by the CBS board.
The 70-year-old Parsons, former chairman/CEO of Time Warner who once also served as interim CEO of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers franchise after the league banned (now former) owner Donald Sterling for life for racism, continues to deal with previously diagnosed health issues related to multiple myeloma, a blood cancer related to lymphoma and leukemia.
“As some of you know, when I agreed to join the board and serve as the interim chair, I was already dealing with a serious health challenge – but I felt that the situation was manageable,” Parsons said in a statement. “Unfortunately, unanticipated complications have created additional new challenges, and my doctors have advised that cutting back on my current commitments is essential to my overall recovery.”
Zelnick, 61, who has held management roles in all forms of entertainment, including recorded music at BMG Entertainment, motion pictures and television programming at 20th Century Fox, international television distribution at Columbia Pictures, and chief executive of Take-Two Interactive Entertainment, oversees a management team led by interim CEO (and former CFO) Joe Ianniello.