HUMANITAS Winner Christopher Lloyd Responds to Modern Family Emmy Nominations

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chris-lloyd-mainIt wouldn't be Emmy nominations morning without seeing ABC mainstay "Modern Family" on the nominees list.

The four-time Emmy-winning show's co-executive producer Christopher Lloyd was pleased by the comedy's nod when he spoke to The Times from his home in Los Angeles on Thursday.

This year, the ensemble comedy also scored acting nominations for its stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen and guest star Nathan Lane.

Where were you when you heard?

Probably about six inches away from where I am now because it's been about four minutes since I heard from my publicist, and we had a happy little cheer to one another on the phone.

"Modern Family" keeps getting nominated each year. Were you surprised by the nod this year?

You're always a little surprised because you could say that there may be a growing reason to leave us off the list because we've been very well-rewarded by the Emmys in past years. The main thing wasn't a surprise; we're very edified by it because we work for things like this. It may sounds shallow, but we take it seriously. We have been lucky enough to have won a few times, and we don't want to do the season that everyone says, "Oh, it finally stinks." So we work very hard to try and maintain a quality of the show. Getting a nomination like this is a real marker for us, and we celebrate it.

Read more of the interview at The Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/tv/la-et-st-emmys-2014-modern-family-christopher-lloyd-20140710-story.html#page=1