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Steve Zahn joins 'Modern Family' season 6 in key role

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Modern Family scoop: The ABC comedy hit has cast Steve Zahn in a key sixth season role as The Dunphys’ horrible new neighbor.

Zahn (Treme, Mind Games, Joy Ride) will play “Ronnie,” the husband of an annoying family that moves in next door to the Dunphys. The part is described as a recurring guest-star role.

The casting news comes as Modern Family aims for the history books at Monday’s primetime Emmy Awards. If the show wins best comedy series, it will tie NBC’s Frasier as the all-time most-winning series in that category with five awards each. Modern Family returns to ABC on Sept. 24.