Nathan Fillion, Martin Short to guest star on 'Modern Family'

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"Castle" star Nathan Fillion and "Maya and Marty's" Martin Short will visit "Modern Family" in Season 8, Variety has confirmed. Executive producer Steve Levitan revealed the casting at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, where he was participating in a panel with showrunners for other ABC comedies.

Fillion — whose veteran ABC procedural "Castle" was cancelled in May after eight seasons — will play Rainer Shine, a local weatherman who becomes entangled with the Dunphy family. Short, who is also set to appear in NBC's "Hairspray Live," will guest star in episode two of the upcoming season as promotional maven Merv Schechter.

During the panel, it was also revealed that sophomore comedy "The Real O'Neals" will tackle a storyline involving a bakery refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, which will be presented from the point of view of 16-year-old protagonist Kenny (Noah Galvin), who will struggle to reconcile his love for the bakery's cupcakes with his desire for equality.

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LOS ANGELES - 1989: Actor and comedian Martin Short poses with wife, Nancy Dolman and kids, Katherine Elizabeth and Oliver Patrick for a portrait in 1989 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joan Adlen/Getty Images
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 17: Martin Short (2nd right), wife Nancy (center), and their children (l. to r.), Katherine, Henry and Oliver, get together at Tavern on the Green during an after-party following the opening night performance of Short's Broadway musical, 'Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me.' (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 17: Martin Short's wife, Nancy, and their children (l. to r.), Katherine, Henry and Oliver, get together at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on W. 45th St. before attending the opening night performance of the Broadway musical 'Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me.' (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 06: Martin Short and Nancy Dolman arrive at the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors at Kennedy Center Hall of States on December 6, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - JUNE 25: Actor Martin Short and wife, actress Nancy Dolman attend the 2009 Shakespeare in the Park opening night gala performance of 'Twelfth Night' at the Delacorte Theater on June 25, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK-AUGUST 15: Comedian Martin Short and wife Nancy Dolman arrive at the Roseland Ballroom for the Broadway musical Hairspray opening night after party August 15, 2002, in New York City. The musical is based on the 1988 film of the same name. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
THE 50TH ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Nominee Martin Short, wife Nancy Dolman on the red carpet at the 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA on September 13, 1998 -- Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBCU Photo Bank
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LOS ANGELES - 1989: Actor and comedian Martin Short poses with wife, Nancy Dolan and kids, Katherine Elizabeth and Oliver Patrick for a portrait in 1989 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joan Adlen/Getty Images
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"Real O'Neals" showrunner Casey Johnson also addressed the controversy that resulted from an interview Galvin gave in which he criticized fellow actors Colton Haynes and Eric Stonestreet, dismissing rumors that ABC had threatened to cut the episode order of the second season as a result.

"That part of that story is not true, there wasn't any threat to cut our order or anything like that. ABC's been incredibly supportive," she noted. "There wasn't much going on behind the scenes. The article came out, Noah regretted what he said and apologized very quickly. I think we've all said things we wish we hadn't. We all got back to work ... We were busy on Season 2, which we're all super excited about. We're three days into shooting. It's all good."

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