On Sep. 5 Huffington Post shared a bit of TV trivia that many aren't aware of. When it came to who would play Jay Pritchett of the popular ABC comedy "Modern Family" Ed O'Neill was not the first choice. In fact, Craig T. Nelson of "Parenthood" and "Coach" fame was the original choice, but casting director, Jeff Greenberg and Nelson couldn't come to an agreement on what pay would be, so Craig declined.
Craig T. Nelson shares that he liked the idea of the show, the character he would play, and the other cast members but in the end, when he named his price ABC didn't want to pay it. He shares,
"I really wanted to do 'Modern Family' and I really liked the script and I liked the people. I just said, 'You know what? I’ve been doing this too long.' We’re in the middle of a cutback here, ladies and gentlemen, in Hollywood and salaries have gone way, way down."
Ed O'Neill jumped at the chance to do the part as soon as it was offered to him and couldn't wait to sign. After O'Neill told his manager to make the deal, Nelson was cast in NBC's "Parenthood."
Both actors seem to be happy in the places they have settled into and the shows they are now on. "Parenthood" will be starting it's fifth season this September while "Modern Family" is entering into its sixth season. Could you picture Craig T. Nelson as Jay Pritchett instead of Ed O'Neill?