(LOS ANGELES) — If ABC’s Modern Family wins the Emmy Award for best comedy again, it’ll tie the all-time leader, Frasier, with five wins. Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cameron Tucker on the series, said he’s confident the show is up to the task.
“We hope we win. It’d be nice,” he told ABC News Radio while promoting his new partnership with Swiffer to encourage men to get clean.
“I don’t know how much more love the Emmys have for Modern Family. I feel like we’ve been around long enough now and won enough Emmys individually and collectively that maybe people are getting tired of us,” Stonestreet continued. “I still think, obviously, we’re the best comedy and most well-written comedy on TV. I know the stories we tell each week, week in and week out, and I know that they’re worthy of Emmy love still. But hopefully we’ll win, and then tie, and then next year break the record.”
This year, Modern Family is up against Louie, Silicon Valley, Veep, The Big Bang Theory and Orange Is the New Black.
Eyebrows were raised when Netflix’s dramedy OITNB ended up in the comedy series category, as many felt it should compete in the drama series category. Stonestreet said he doesn’t mind that the hit show ended up in the category.
“Where they end up is where they end up. I certainly don’t have anything to do with it,” he said. “I just think our show is funny. I think our show is well crafted, interweaved in telling multiple stories each week and I don’t know that other shows are necessarily doing that.”
“I think other shows are doing things we’re not doing as well. Veep is really funny. Orange Is the New Black is funny. Big Bang Theory is funny. I don’t think it’s anything better; it’s just different,” he added.
Last season on Modern Family, Stonestreet’s Cam and Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s Mitch tied the knot in a two-part season finale. Stonestreet tells ABC News Radio that his onscreen same-sex relationship could bypass the honeymoon phase when the series returns Sept. 24.
“I think they’ll find their balance of Cam and Mitch just kind of falling into the old married couple role, which is funny when you think about it. We’ve been married all of a few months, and all of a sudden we’re just like that old married couple, you know? But who knows what they have in store,” he pondered. “We’re always surprised each year when we return to hear the upcoming story lines and to see what the writers can create and what they want to do for our characters.”
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, will air live on NBC next Monday.
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