Mitch and Cam, in Modern Family.
Could Mitch and Cam be enticed to Canberra, arguably Australia's most gay-friendly city?
ACT deputy chief minister Andrew Barr, one of the country's few openly-gay politicians, is rolling out the welcome mat as news broke on Thursday that the cast and crew of the American smash-hit comedy Modern Family are planning to film an episode in Australia.
Qantas has confirmed it will fly the cast and crew from Los Angeles to Australia in February for filming across two weeks as "the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan takes a vacation down under for an episode to be broadcast later this season".
A Qantas spokeswoman said producers of the show would arrive this month to scout for possible locations and seek out potential storylines.
Canberra would be primed for at least a short stopover by two of the show's most popular characters, gay partners Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet).
Canberra made global headlines with its history-making same-sex marriage laws late last year before they were struck down by the High Court.
Andrew Barr. Photo: Rohan Thomson
Mr Barr has also made no secret of his ambition for Canberra to be "the most LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) friendly city in Australia".
Mr Barr on Thursday even suggested an event for the lovable couple to attend.
"Mitchell and Cameron are most welcome at the special 20th anniversary screening of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert at the National Film and Sound Archive next month," he said.
The screening is in Canberra on February 28 and the movie's Oscar-winning costume designer Tim Chappel will also be attending. There is no word yet on the exact dates for the Modern Family filming.
There have been rumours for a while about Mitch and Cam getting married on the show.
Ferguson, who in real life is married to his partner Justin Mikita, told Channel Ten late last year, in the midst of the same-sex marriage debate, that Australia might lose out to another country for the Cam-Mitch nuptials.
"We could do it in New Zealand though - sounds like I just laid down the challenge. C'mon Australia, pull it together," he said at the time.
Ferguson and his husband also started Tie the Knot, selling bow ties and other neckwear to help fund organisations "fighting for the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans every single day".
"Millions of Americans are denied the basic civil right to marry the person that they love," their website said.
The Modern Family shoot in Australia is the result of a partnership between Qantas, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products.
The entire cast will join co-creator and executive producer Steven Levitan for the visit to Australia.
“We are so excited about our trip down under and we promise not to do any 'down under' jokes. We look forward to a fantastic shoot in many exotic locations," Levitan said.
"We loved the family vacation episodes we shot in Hawaii and Wyoming – this one is certainly our most ambitious yet. We promise to feature a kangaroo, a koala and a boomerang. I'm sure there will be lots more, but so far that's all we know about Australia – our American school system is a disaster. So we thank Qantas for this amazing opportunity to broaden our horizons. Plus it'll be nice to go to a place where everyone looks like Hugh Jackman and Miranda Kerr. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!"