A day after key “Modern Family” actors sued the studio, 20th Century Fox TV has reskedded the first table read of the show’s fourth season in an effort to get the sitcom’s production schedule back on track.
On Tuesday, 20th TV hastily scrapped the first table read of the season when it became clear that five of the ABC sitcom’s key stars would be no-shows amid a contract wrangle with the studio (Daily Variety, July 25).
The five actors — Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara — are in the midst of renegotiations with the studio, with the actors seeking sizable pay bumps in light of the show’s success.
Although the actors made the disupte highly public with a lawsuit, it is expected that the thesps will attend table read reskedded for 10:30 a.m. today. Sources said there had been no significant progress in bridging the money gap between the sides but studio execs are reps for the actors are expected to huddle today in an effort to reach an agreement.
In the suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court asserts that the original contracts the five actors signed for the show violate California’s seven-year limit on personal service contracts. The lawsuit was seen as a dramatic gesture by the thesps to force the studio’s hand rather than a serious effort to pursue a legal claim.
“Modern Family” patriarch Ed O’Neill was not initially one of the plaintiffs in the suit but came aboard later in the day in a show of unity with his co-stars.
Still uncertain is whether filming of the first seg of the season begin as skedded on Monday.
Reps for the thesps did not return calls seeking comment; 20th TV confirmed the rescheduling of the table read but otherwise declined comment.
“Modern Family’s” behind-the-scenes drama stems from winfall the show is about to generate through syndication deals that begin in fall 2013.