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Laugh tracking

The secrets to a great sitcom are revealed in the progress of three new shows

By Matthew Gilbert
Globe Staff / November 29, 2009

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Maybe it was when 10-year-old Manny put down his newspaper to get another cup of espresso, like a little executive Buddha, or maybe it was when he insisted on wearing his traditional Colombian poncho to grade school, that it came to me: “Modern Family’’ is an instantly lived-in and fleshed-out sitcom. The ABC comedy arrived in September fully formed, filled ... (Full article: 1500 words)

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