The cast of Modern Family are heading down under for a vacation.
Thanks to a partnership with Qantas the shows entire main cast and crew to Australia to film one of the shows iconic vacation episodes.
The partnership between Qantas and Twentieth Century Fox Television’s follows the airline’s support in 2013 for a visit by The Ellen DeGeneres Show which increased flights to New South Wales by 22%.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said it is a huge coup for Australia to feature in an episode of the multi Emmy award-winning show.
“We are excited to partner with Twentieth Century Fox to promote what Australia has to offer to the world through 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 to here,” said Mr Joyce.
“Qantas is the biggest private investor in promoting Australia as a destination, and the United States is one of the biggest source markets for people visiting our country. An estimated 25 million people will watch this episode when it first airs, which is fantastic exposure and great news for tourism,” he added
Producers will travel to Australia in advance of the shoot in January to scout and identify preferred filming locations and potential storylines. with the cast and Co Creator Steven Levitan to follow in February.
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. 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. Plus it’ll be nice to go to a place where everyone looks like Hugh Jackman and Miranda Kerr. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! ” commented Levitan.
Filming of the episode is expected to take two weeks and will air later this year on Ten, who is expected to return the show soon.