Shelley Long, best known for playing Diane Chambers on Cheers, has signed on to play the ex-wife of Ed O’Neill (Married…with Children) in Modern Family.
Long will play Dede Pritchett, described as somewhat “fragile” and “searching for herself in the world.” She will arrive in town when Jay (O’Neill) marries his much-hotter and much-younger new wife Gloria (Sofía Vergara).
According to producers, although Dede’s original intentions are to right a wrong she committed before leaving the picture, she’ll instead make a huge scene at Jay’s nuptials after downing a little booze.
The series will air in Australia on TEN.
As Programmer David Mott recently told TV Tonight: “It’s multicamera, about an eclectic group of people in a suburb. It’s through the eyes of a German camera crew who don’t feature in it. It’s about a group of individuals and how they intertwine with each other. It is a drop-dead riot. You have to see it to believe it.”
Modern Family is executive produced by Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd (Frasier, Wings, Cheers).