Elizabeth Banks, Edward Norton to liven up ‘Modern Family’

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As if “Modern Family” wasn’t fabulous enough, they go and recruit Elizabeth Banks (‘The 40 Year Old Virgin” and “Zack and Miri Make a Porno”) to guest star as Mitchell and Cameron’s best girlfriend, Sal.

Banks, who I completely loved in ‘Slither’ no matter how awesomely bad it was, has this moxie about her that I adore. And judging by the spoiler alert photos I saw (I won’t give it away), she’s every little bit the ‘Miri’ I fell in love with. I wonder if she remembers the awkward encounter we had at IKEA. I was trying NOT to notice her, but I ended up a complete creep and wound up bumping her cart in the bedroom aisle. How awkward, for me.

Also in the same episode, two-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Edward Norton will play Izzy LaFontaine (Worst. Name. Ever.), a ‘famous’ musician who is hired by Claire as a surprise anniversary gift for Phil.

‘With a history of giving bad gifts, Claire is determined to surprise Phil with an amazing anniversary present -- a private performance by one of their favorite musicians, Izzy LaFontaine! However, it turns out to be a surprise in more ways than one,’ ABC said in release. Am I the only one hoping for: (A) a completely ridiculous outfit – I’m hoping and praying it will be a mixture between Rick James and Prince (you know -- flashy, bad makeup, pearls, long glistening hair and lots and lots of glitter) and (B) a train wreck vocal performance à la “Tardy for the Party.”
The episode is set to air Nov. 18, the network said.

-- Gerrick Kennedy (Follow me on Twitter @GerrickKennedy).