"Modern Family" season 8 just recently came back on TV but the show is dealing with a sensitive issue right off the bat. This week, the show openly cast a transgender child actor in the episode titled "A Stereotypical Day." While next week's episode titled "Blindsided" will feature Luke and Manny's fight for class presidency.
"Modern Family" season 8 director Ryan Case posted a photo of herself with 8-year-old Jackson Millarker on Instagram. A representative of ABC has also confirmed Millarker's appearance.
Millarker plays the role of Tom, Lily's (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) new friend, on the Sept. 28 episode. Tom visits Lily's house for a playdate and everything seems to be going smoothly, but Lily's parents, Cam and Mitchell, overhear Lily badmouthing Tom and the two will teach her a lesson on acceptance.
Meanwhile, next week's episode of "Modern Family" season 8 will feature a feud between the Dunphys and Pritchetts. Luke (Nolan Gould) will suddenly decide to run as class president against Manny (Rico Rodriguez) thinking it would land him to a good college. However, campaign managers Jay (Ed O'Neill), Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and Claire (Julie Bowen) are actually more worried about the results. Luke seeks help from his competitive mother, Claire, while the equally aggressive Jay and Gloria are on Manny's side.
Based on the official synopsis ABC relesead for the Oct. 5 episode, "Blindsided," Hayley (Sarah Hyland) might have some problems in promoting her new business, and her father Phil (Ty Burrell) introduces her to a marketing expert, Merv Schechter (Martin Short). Moreover, Cam and Mitchell are going to have a cramped home for a while. Cam discovers that his star football player is moving and he makes a sudden decision to let him stay in their house.
"Modern Family" season 8 airs every Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.