Fred Willard Due For “Big” ‘Modern Family’ Encore

Fred Willard (Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

Fred Willard (Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

He’s baaaaack.

Fred Willard is returning to ABC’s ‘Modern Family,’ where in a December episode he made his debut as Phil’s father.

This time around, however, the improv film vet will appear in person, as opposed to via iChat.

“It’s a big episode” for Willard, series boss Steven Levitan tells Fancast. The encore appearance has already been filmed and is slated to air during February sweeps.

But what of Phil’s mother aka Willard’s on-screen – though thus far off-screen – wife? Will ‘Family’ fans be meeting her as well? Quite possibly not.

“That’s a plot point,” says Levitan, “and I won’t spoil it.”

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