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. The order covers 44 episodes, which will bring the total to 232 when the two-season extension is over. The 20th Century Fox Television comedy, which is now in its eighth season, has signed on for seasons 9 and 10 with chances that it could be extended further in the future.
It has now been announced that Modern Family, which stars the likes of Sofia Vergara, Ed O'Neill and Ty Burrell, will continue into a tenth season after it was re-commissioned for two more seasons by ABC.
Because ABC does not own Modern Family and does not benefit from the comedy series' rich off-network deals and worldwide 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. It also wraps up a negotiating process that was lengthy but not almost as contentious as the one in 2012, when adult cast members boycotted a table read and filed a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox Television, which produces the show, to void their contracts.
"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. 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.
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Modern Family remains a key property for both 20th TV and ABC.
Modern Family remains TV's second highest- rated comedy in the USA, behind The Big Bang Theory.
Co-creator and executive producer Christopher Lloyd said he sees "so much more to explore in the lives of this family". "Truly, it's a humbling experience". "Ty Burrell has already pointed out that Alexander the Great's entire reign only lasted eight and a half years (326-317 BC) so yes, everyone is deeply humbled by this". (It's the No. 4 scripted series on broadcast in the demo.) The series, which tied an Emmy record with its fifth straight best comedy series win, also commands top dollar for advertisers, with 30-second spots said to have been raking in more than $200,000 this season. "We feel incredibly proud to be the studio supporting them and look forward to many more hilarious episodes".