A document published by “Weeds” writer/producer Stephen Falk has most TV websites talking about the cast that “Modern Family” could have had — maybe. Falk writes:
Found the Modern Family pilot script in some old folder on my computer and discovered this interesting cast breakdown with (mostly) temp/wishlist actors as models for the development executives. Very instructive as a writing practice (I do this as well), and interesting to see who they had in mind.
The notable names on the list are Craig T. Nelson as Jay (instead of Ed O’Neill), Lisa Kudrow as Claire (Julie Bowen), and Andy Richter as Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson). Check out the document below:
And yes, that’s “Arrested Development’s” Tony Hale as Cam, now played with Emmy-winning flair by Eric Stonestreet. Everyone’s all, “OMG LISA KUDROW?? ANDY RICHTER??” But if you take this for what it’s actually worth — a preliminary guide to help visualize the characters — it doesn’t seem so insane. Like, this is just a hunch, but I don’t think the creators actually wanted to travel back in time to cast a young Sara Gilbert as Alex. But hey, that’s just me. I enjoy small pleasures like thinking and not throwing hissy fits.