james marsden modern family 'Modern Family' preview: James Marsden guests, without shirtIs it just us or does 2011 seem exceptionally front-loaded with new TV?

“Modern Family” returns from the mini-holiday hiatus on Jan. 5, with James Marsden (“X-Men”) guesting as Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell’s (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) new neighbor Barry.

Initially sketchy neighbor, stealing time in their hot tub, Barry is revealed to look very good in a swimsuit — and have charming anecdotes about intimidating animals of prey.

Cam and Mitchell react accordingly: