Shelley Long and James Marsden Get Into the “Modern Family” Business

Big-name guest stars – including a madcap mom and some major man-candy – will be dropping in on the Dunphy clan on “Modern Family.”

Shelley Long is coming back!” says Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who’s stoked to see the classic sitcom star reprise her role as Mitchell and Claire’s prodigal mother DeDe Pritchett. “We have a birthday party for Lily and she's coming back in, and the writers have assured me that something crazy will happen with her again. I think her first episode was kind of classic, so another incident might happen with Shelley Long.”

Actor James Marsden (Hairspray, X-Men) is also making a splash on the show as Mitchell and Cameron’s easy-on-the-eyes neighbor, says Ferguson. “He ends up in our hot tub, which is quite a sight. He was very sweet, very fun to work with – and then on top of that very handsome! So it was a nice day.”

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