"Modern Family" Season 11 "Dead on A Rival": Some Familiar Faces Bring New Opportunities [PREVIEW]

With ABC's long-running hit comedy series Modern Family set to shuffle off the network's programming coil after eleven seasons, Bleeding Cool's Alejandra Bodden is offering viewers an episode-per-episode critical look at the final season (with her recent review of "Legacy" here). Because let's face it: after over a decade on the air, everyone's just a little bit curious to see if the writers "land this plane" Breaking Bad-style… or do they pull a Dexter or How I Met Your Mother high dive into an empty pool?

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But there's still a ton of family madness to get through until then – including this week's episode "Dead on A Rival". Though from what we can see from the previews below, it doesn't look like they're letting up on the "emotional gas pedal" when it comes to scenarios that look to split up our on-screen family – and crush us with "The Feels" while they're at it!

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"Modern Family" season 11, episode 12 "Dead on A Rival" – Mitchell learns a valuable life lesson when Murray (Paul Dooley), a former resident of the house, shows up unexpectedly. Meanwhile, the Dunphy's old neighbor-turned-tech-titan, Kenneth (Josh Gad), comes to visit with a big surprise for Phil. Then, Manny's dad, Javier (Benjamin Bratt), shows up with a big opportunity for his son. Written by Jeffrey Richman and Ryan Walls, and directed by Jason Winer.

Modern Family
ABC
Modern Family
ABC

"Modern Family" Season 11 "Dead on A Rival": [PREVIEW]
ABC
"Modern Family" Season 11 "Dead on A Rival": [PREVIEW]
ABC

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MODERN FAMILY (ABC/Robert Ashcroft)

ABC's Modern Family stars Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett, Jeremy Maguire as Joe Pritchett, and Reid Ewing as Dylan Marshall.

About Ray Flook

Proudly serving as TV Editor, Ray started with Bleeding Cool in 2013 as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought aboard as staff in 2017. Counting John Cusack as his pop culture "spirit animal," his "word fu" stays strong as he continues trying really hard to be the sheppard...

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