Jesse Tyler Ferguson Q&A: ‘Modern Family’
"This is so classic Gold Derby," Jesse Tyler Ferguson exclaimed at the "Modern Family" Season 5 wrap party when we asked him if he wanted to take down co-stars Eric Stonestreet and Ty Burrell for stealing his Emmys.
After saying a quick "No," Ferguson then joked back in response, "The real answer is yes. [Fellow Emmy loser] Ed O'Neill and I have done everything we can possibly do. I think Ed's going to break Eric's knees this year. We're gonna go total Tonya Harding. Now we have Tony Hale to worry about. They're all gonna have to go down."
What does Ferguson think about the cable vs. network debate at the Emmys? While "Modern Family" continues to churn out 24 episodes every season, Hale's show "Veep" is at the other end of the spectrum, only producing eight to 10 episodes per year.
"I think there should be a separation [at the Emmys] for shows that are dramedies like "Orange is the New Black" and "Shameless." But as far as number of episodes, I wouldn't necessarily separate that. I love that there are so many different platforms and so many different venues right now for all types of shows, drama and comedy. I personally think we're in the golden age of television."
Regarding the much buzzed-about finale centered on the gay wedding between Mitch and Cam, Ferguson admitted, "The finale is great and I was really, really proud of it. It could have been a missed opportunity and our writers just took it and ran and made it a really beautiful story, and did it with a lot of heart and with a lot of sincerity and a lot of humor. I really applaud them for being able to take it to a place that felt special without being too over-the-top."
As far as the show's endless roster of amazing guest stars, Ferguson says about frequent guest Elizabeth Banks, "She was robbed, if you ask me. I feel like she deserves several Emmys for playing Sal."