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Kobe Bryant's cameo appearance on 'Modern Family' to air on May 19

May 13, 2010 |  2:12 pm

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant took a simple approach when he made a cameo appearance in ABC's "Modern Family" following a Lakers home game. Let's just say he didn't obsess over the script as much as he does  game film.

"I'm winging it. They just told me to be myself," Bryant said in March. "So I'm just going to be a smart."

Well, the approach paid off. His appearance made the cut for "Modern Family's" season finale, which will air May 19 at 9 p.m. Though Lakers forward Pau Gasol also was filmed, his appearance didn't make the final cut, ABC representative Yani Chang said by e-mail.

As far as what the episode entails, we do know this: Sophia Vergara (as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett) and Ty Burrell (as Phil Dunphy) appeared at the Lakers' game March 2 during their 122-99 victory over the Indiana Pacers and filmed a segment that featured the Kiss Cam locking in on them, leading to an awkward exchange where the two hesitated to kiss. In a press release, ABC mentions that Julie Bowen (as Claire Dunphy) plans for the family to take a new family portrait but obstacles arise. That includes Gloria and Manny (played by Rico Rodriguez) going with Phil and Alex (played by Ariel Winter) to a Lakers games, Luke (played by Nolan Gould) being tied up with a school project and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) getting a gig as a wedding singer.

-- Mark Medina

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