At the end of Modern Family‘s Season 2 finale, Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) teased viewers with the mention of adopting another baby. Specifically, a boy. The decision came after Cam bonded with Manny throughout the episode, giving him advice about how to win over a girl. This season, the story is picking up as a seasonal arc for the couple as Cam and Mitchell will undergo the process of attempting to adopt a son.
Executive producers Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan affirmed that they will be dealing with the process in a very realistic way. It will be hard, oftentimes disheartening, and not necessarily successful in the end. However, it will definitely be filled with comedy (likely at the couple’s expense). We are promised a “surprise ending” to the whole ordeal.
Last season, stories developed about Cameron being a “stay-at-home mom” who is excessively attached to his young daughter, whereas Mitchell was painted as a workaholic who didn’t spend as much time with his family as he wanted to. Both of these stories are to be further explored this season, in accordance with the growing Lily (now played by Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) and the potential new baby. You can even see hints of Cam’s obsessive attendance to his daughter in this preview of the Season 3 premiere. Mitchell’s constant quest to repair his relationship with his father will also be further explored this year, now with additional motivation on Mitchell’s part in order to be able to be the perfect father for his son-to-be.
Modern Family‘s hour-long Season 3 premiere (where we’ll get to see the Pritchetts, Dunphys, Delgados, Tuckers and… Dylan at a dude ranch) tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.