05/22/2013 10:43 am ET Updated Jul 22, 2013

Death On 'Modern Family': Steve Levitan Talks Phil's Tragedy


Modern Family will find surprising comedy during a family tragedy in Wednesday's season finale.

In the season-ender (9/8c on ABC), Phil (Ty Burrell) learns that his mother has died, leading the entire Pritchett-Dunphy clan to head to Florida to say goodbye. "We're always looking for an interesting way to wrap up the season, and it felt just like what we get to deal with a real-life issue, something that felt a little more substantial than the normal kind of stuff," executive producer Steve Levitan tells "At the same time, we want to make sure everybody knows it's a very funny episode. It's very touching, but it's also very funny. We're very happy with it."