‘Modern Family’ Renewed for Two Seasons by ABC

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After a little behind-the-scenes drama, “Modern Family” has been renewed for two more seasons by ABC.

The long-running 20th Century Fox Television comedy’s season-eight finale is scheduled to air May 17. The renewal signals a conclusion to lengthy negotiations with the show’s adult cast members, whose contracts expire at the end of the current season.

Sources tell Variety that most of the show’s core cast members — Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, and Ty Burrell — will see their paychecks rise to nearly $500,000 per episode for the next two seasons, up from about $350,000 under their previous contracts. Ed O’Neill has in the past commanded a higher fee as he has since the series premiere. O’Neill also has a bigger profit participation stake than his co-stars given his higher profile at the time the series bowed in 2009.

The other five actors earned small profit-participation stakes in the show during the previous contract negotiations but they are not believed to have gained any additional points this time around.

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Deals are still being hammered out for the show’s younger stars: Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould, and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons. Those actors are expected to get a pay bump but not to the same level as their TV parents.

Created by Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, “Modern Family” remains TV’s second highest-rated comedy, behind CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” — which landed its own two-season renewal in March after contract wrangling with the show’s five original cast members. In its eighth season, “Modern Family” has averaged a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demo and 7 million total viewers, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers.

“Modern Family has been the centerpiece of our comedy brand for 8 seasons and we are thrilled to have it on our schedule for two more years,” said ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey. “Steve and Chris have created such endearing characters, and the cast is second-to-none.”

“Modern Family remains one of the studio’s most prized assets and we are enormously grateful to ABC for this two year pickup. Steve and Chris are genius producers who created nothing less than a television classic, and they would be the first to tell you that their cast and crew are the best there is. We feel incredibly proud to be the studio supporting them and look forward to many more hilarious episodes.”

“Modern Family remains one of the studio’s most prized assets and we are enormously grateful to ABC for this two year pickup,” said Jonnie Davis and Howard Kurtzman, presidents of 20th Century Fox Television. “Steve and Chris are genius producers who created nothing less than a television classic, and they would be the first to tell you that their cast and crew are the best there is. We feel incredibly proud to be the studio supporting them and look forward to many more hilarious episodes.”

Speaking at an Emmys FYC panel moderated by Variety‘s Elizabeth Wagmeister last week, “Modern Family” executive producer and co-creator Steve Levitan said that the writers room for the show’s ninth season would soon be up and running. “In about a month or so, the writers will re-gather and we will sit down and we will start the season with a big, ‘What now?’” Levitan said.

(Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report.)

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  1. wpcodr says:

    It was a good show for the first 6 seasons. In The 7th it started to wane but is still watchable. The 8th season is an absolute wreck. It’s obvious the writers and actors couldn’t care less about working on this show any more. I can’t believe they’re pushing another 2 seasons. Well, I guess I can, they’re simply milking out the last drops of profit and sanity. Take a hint from Seinfeld: go out on a high and let this show die.

  2. Kara says:

    Holy cow, almost all of the comments on here are nasty and offensive on both sides. So what if someone doesn’t like this show, that doesn’t make them dumb. I think this is a great show, but not everyone has to agree with me. I also like Last Man Standing, because it is funny and it is a television show. Calm down and be nice to one another, isn’t there enough hate and anger in the world. Learn to embrace each others differences rather than persecute each other for them.

  3. Yealink says:

    Check your editing. The quote from Davis and Kurtzman is duplicated.

  4. NYC says:

    I couldn’t make it through one episode of that beast of a show. Renewed for two more seasons after running for eight? That’s just 10 seasons too long.

  5. so odd says:

    So going about 4 seasons to long.

  6. TimeOut says:

    It’s not funny at all anymore. They went for the agenda instead of laughs. Now look, it stinks.

  7. Paul says:

    I once watched about seven episodes of this show just to give it a chance and I chuckled twice. Well written? Maybe, but who cares since it didn’t make be laugh. I never went back. Last Man Standing is funnier and that gets cancelled. I guess it’s not liberal enough.

    • Caligula says:

      No, dumb ass-Modern requires intelligence to understand. Last Man is just dumb redneck stuff-that’s why its gone and was never a ratings winner like Modern!

  8. Ellie says:

    I don’t care about the gay angle, but the show just isn’t funny. Have never understood why it gets so many awards when “The Middle” is so much better written and acted.

  9. ravengirl57 says:

    Such nasty comments. Even after several viewings, the writing and acting is so good I laugh every time. Obviously, the haters here are in the minority, thank goodness. Get over your homophobia, Kruger and Chuckie, and enjoy the show.

    • Jim says:

      The Middle is great.

    • Kruger says:

      Good for you if you like it, but looking at the ratings, it appears you are in the minority. It’s insistence on the gay angle, even including a boy-girl child, drove away viewers. The show now is a shell of itself, and is more sad than funny.

      • Caligula says:

        No, idiot-its still the second highest rated comedy on TV! What are you talking about?

  10. Kruger says:

    Pretty much just an unfunny gay-propaganda show at this point.

    • Caligula says:

      Kruger the show is A HUGE hit. No one besides idiotic trump voters says “Gay-propaganda”-what does that mean? showing gays as they are-normal, married, rich like most of us are? imebcile-don’t breed. Go watch last Man Standing until before its last eps airs in a few weeks if you like redneck stuff

    • Dave says:

      Oh you Conservative Trump voting half wits never cease to amaze me. Guess what 11% of the world’s population is LGBTQ so get over it!!! It focuses on 3 different mini-families in equal proportion only a homophobe would say it’s a “gay-propaganda” show.

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