Emmy wins prove "modern" families are U.S. hits

Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:03am EDT
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Gay marriage and interracial adoptions can be divisive topics across America, but a new crop of TV shows and films showing "modern" families are winning audiences and awards.

Television show "Modern Family" won the best comedy series Emmy on Sunday. "Glee" was also honored and new films such as "The Kids Are All Right" and documentaries are finding that families outside the mom, dad and two kids norm can make decent financial returns.

"Television is reflecting the way the American family has evolved, the way society has evolved," said Todd Gold, managing editor of Fancast.com. "The shows we are seeing on prime time as well as movies like 'The Kids Are All Right' are looking at a new kind of family."

Mockumentary-style comedy "Modern Family" features a gay couple and their Vietnamese baby and a man married to a much younger Colombian woman. Eric Stonestreet, who plays one of the gay fathers on "Modern Family", won a best supporting actor Emmy for his performance.

The characters on musical comedy "Glee," include a gay teen who has a crush on a straight football player and a geeky girl adopted at birth by two men.

The two TV shows, which won a combined total of 10 Emmys on Sunday, currently reach a healthy ten million strong U.S. audience each.

"We knew we didn't want to do things that family shows had done before," said "Modern Family" co-creator Christopher Lloyd.

Both Lloyd and pop culture experts said Hollywood was following society rather the other way round.   Continued...

<p>Cast members of "Modern Family", (L-R) Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julie Bowen, executive producer Steven Levitan and Ty Burrell, pose outside the Governor's Ball after the show won for outstanding comedy series, following the 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, August 29, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>