Get ready to see the Dunphy-Prichett-Tuckers down under!
Modern Family has partnered with Qantas to fly the ABC hit comedy's cast and crew to Australia to film the show's annual vacation episode, 20th Century Fox Television and the airline announced on Wednesday. Qantas will fly the entire cast, including Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen, from Los Angeles to Australia in February for a two-week shoot. The Aussie ep will air later this season, with some very lucky producers heading down under later this month to scout locations and potential storylines. (And probably get a tan while they're at it, too!)
"We are so excited about our trip down under and we promise not to do any 'down under' jokes. We look forward to a fantastic shoot in many exotic locations," co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan said in a statement. "We loved the family vacation episodes we shot in Hawaii and Wyoming – this one is certainly our most ambitious yet. We promise to feature a kangaroo, a koala and a boomerang. I'm sure there will be lots more, but so far that's all we know about Australia – our American school system is a disaster. So we thank Qantas for this amazing opportunity to broaden our horizons."
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce added, "We are excited to partner with Twentieth Century Fox to promote what Australia has to offer to the world though this special holiday episode. The humour of the show is a great fit with Australia's own and as the national carrier we are proud to support this innovative way of encouraging more people to fly here."
The Emmy Award-winning sitcom has previously filmed vacation episodes in Hawaii way back in season one and Wyoming in the season three premiere.
Modern Family is up for several awards on Sunday night at the 2014 Golden Globes, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Best Supporting Actress (Sofía Vergara).
Modern Family airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.