‘Modern Family’ Gets 2-Year Renewal By ABC, Closes New Deals With Core Cast

Following The Big Bang Theory‘s two-year renewal at CBS, the other big broadcast comedy series, Modern Family, also just scored a two-season pickup at ABC. Simultaneously, producing studio 20th Century Fox TV has closed new two-year deals with the main sextet of actors on the show, Ed O’Neill, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara. I hear they landed significant salary increases, from around $350,000 an episode for the current eighth season to about $500,000 an episode for Season 9 (they also have plus a little piece of the series’ back end). I hear the studio will next negotiate new contracts with the series’ younger cast.

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 Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment. “Steve and Chris have created such endearing characters, and the cast is second-to-none.”

With the two-season, 44-episode pickup, Modern Family, created/executive produced by Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, will extend its run to 10 seasons and 232 episodes, with the door left open for more.

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.”


Reaching both agreements, especially a new license-fee pact with ABC, was not easy. Talks between the network and 20th TV started awhile ago. The studio originally sought a two-season renewal, which was met with resistance by the network at first until the two sides finally came to a deal. It followed an agreement in principle ABC and 20th TV reached at the end of February, which outlined what the license-fee structure should look like predicated on making new salary agreements with the actors. Because ABC does not own Modern Family and does not benefit from the comedy series’ rich off-network deals and international sales, it was reluctant to pay full-freight cost — as a network is required to do late in a series’ life — above certain price point.


Modern Family, in its eighth season, remains ABC’s highest-rated comedy series and the second highest-rated overall among adults 18-49 in Live+7. The show also is a five-time Best Comedy Series Emmy winner.

In a sign of confidence that Modern Family would come back, the upcoming Season 8 finale was shot as a regular season closer, not as a series finale.

“We are beyond thrilled that we get to spend more time with these characters, these amazing actors, our ridiculously-talented writers and our incredible crew – all of whom are like family to us.  And the good kind of family, not the kind that argues with you all the time,” said co-creator Steve Levitan.

Added co-creator Christopher Lloyd, “We have been blessed since day one on Modern Family, and having the opportunity to spend two more years with these characters — and the brilliant actors behind them — is is the latest, and best, in a series of gaudy gifts. There is so much more to explore in the lives of this family, and so many pressing needs in the lives of our own actual families to go on ignoring, that this timing could not have worked out any better.  Truly, it’s a humbling experience.  Ty Burrell has already pointed out that Alexander the Great’s entire reign only lasted 8 1/2 years (326 -317 BC) so yes, everyone is deeply humbled by this.”

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  1. J.D.on May 10, 2017 3:55 pm

    WHY?!? “Modern Family” has run its course. This show stopped being funny two seasons ago in my opinion.

    • Edon May 10, 2017 7:47 pm

      Oh my god, will they please just let this show die. It’s been dead man walking for three years now. Even Last Man Standing has finally been cancelled. Yeesh.

    • Martin Hanley-Frost (@MrFrost_39)on May 11, 2017 12:03 am

      Stop watching it then and let the people who still enjoy it watch it. Problem solved.

  2. Stan Heckon May 10, 2017 4:17 pm

    The show is in a creative coma now

  3. Christianon May 10, 2017 4:20 pm

    Why don’t they do 24 episodes anymore?

    • lsbon May 11, 2017 12:29 am

      For the same reason they don’t do 44 episodes any more this ain’t 1960 any more.

  4. MAGA Manon May 10, 2017 4:29 pm

    The funniest character is Ben

    • TrumpTrainMegon May 10, 2017 6:19 pm

      Totally agree I loved the one in the college dorm

  5. Muffyon May 10, 2017 4:51 pm

    Why does broadcast tv refuses to let anything die? Why must a show stay on the air until becomes a shell of its former self?

    • Terrenceon May 10, 2017 9:10 pm

      TV program development today is dreadful. So there are fewer hits. And the ones they have, they keep long past what is necessary, reasonable or wise because they have nothing else.

  6. on May 10, 2017 4:56 pm

    It’s played out

  7. tjon May 10, 2017 5:27 pm

    this show jumped the shark when they added another kid (Joe, the baby). and they constantly ram “vacation” themed episodes down our throats.

  8. Rodon May 10, 2017 5:33 pm

    Great news. It is still as fresh and smartly written as season one.

  9. kenn fulleron May 10, 2017 5:56 pm

    Sorry folks, nobody is worth $500,000 per episode to say jokes written by somebody else.

    • on May 11, 2017 10:27 am

      Yes i agree!

  10. BDon May 10, 2017 8:56 pm

    W H Y ? This is embarassing. And TWO seasons? This show has been dull, stale, repetitive and extremely annoying for well over two seasons, and they’re giving it two more?

  11. Nero tTVfiddleron May 10, 2017 10:49 pm

    Sometimes when a series get renewed for a full two seasons at this stage of its life, I wonder if it says more about the show itself, or the network making the renewal (and paying the freight cost).

    Much like with CBS and TBBT, clearly ABC does not see anything coming along that has the capability of holding down a night as a comedy series tent-pole. That should be of concern to ABC, and to Disney shareholders.

    When a network brings in a new head of entertainment programming, ‘change’ is to be expected. This renewal of Modern Family is anything but that needed change for a network that is running forth in what is essentially a four horse race.

    ABC is the network to watch next Wednesday at Upfront in NY. Change should be on the agenda at ABC for the fall schedule. Anything that signals ‘more of the same’ should be seen as a warning to those invested (financially and otherwise) in ABC and parent Disney.

    • Nero tTVfiddleron May 11, 2017 7:40 am

      I did it again… my typo… ABC announces this coming Tuesday at Upfront, not Wednesday (that is CBS’ day). Having just read my post from last night again this morning, perhaps I sounded a bit too harsh regarding ABC. Having just cancel Last Man Standing, and with Scandal reaching the end next season 2017-18, clearly ABC is planning changes, and that is to be expected.

      If any network needs a reboot next week, it is ABC. But they have the pilots and the mgmt team in place to pull all this together, so we’ll see what comes on Tuesday (regardless of my feelings that Modern Family should have gotten just a single season renewal to allow things to wrap up.) Frankly, TBBT should have gotten just one more season as well. Must begin to turn the page at CBS and ABC.

  12. Chrison May 11, 2017 8:55 am

    This show should’ve wrapped up at least a couple seasons ago. It has aged as rapidly as it’s young cast and gotten extremely boring and repetitive as a result. I loved the first few seasons, but frankly the show lost a lot of its charm when the kids got older and it’s just not good anymore. It’s sad ABC has to have it as its comedy anchor, and for two more seasons, because they have little else.

  13. She Franklinon May 11, 2017 9:27 am

    Lovely. Cancel Last Man Standing (only decent show left on ABC) and keep this one? Let it die!

    • on May 12, 2017 8:02 am

      Last man standing was not boring or left side unbalanced. The message was benificial. Modern family is best watched not by watching the main character but ev every thing in the background. Watch it and play “spot the lies/agendas” and you’ll get to over whelped to wacheck the shallow characters in the foreground.

  14. Rubyon May 12, 2017 2:57 am

    I am so disappointed that Last Man Standing, is being cancelled, it’s the last show on television I still watch every week. They just keep giving America away to trashy series. God bless us all. Thanks to Tim for a lot of hearty laughing. I’m done with this network.

  15. on May 12, 2017 7:52 pm

    Last Man Standing was the only ABC show we watched and are so disappointed that it got cancelled. See ya, ABC.

  16. on May 28, 2017 9:45 pm

    I hope they keep renewing the show. Anything with Julie Bowen is worth watching! If you don’t like the show, turn the TV off. Simple