The Pritchetts and Dunphys aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. ABC inked a deal with Modern Family to return for Season 9 and 10. With the two-season, 44-episode order, the comedy’s episode tally will reach at least 232. The renewal is similar to the one negotiated by all parties a couple years back for Seasons 7 and 8.
“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 [Levitan] and Chris [Lloyd] have created such endearing characters, and the cast is second-to-none.”
Despite being a veteran series, it’s still a ratings force. During 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. The comedy has 22 Emmy awards from 75 nominations, including winning Best Comedy for its first five seasons.
“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.
Reportedly, the older cast members– Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, and Ty Burrell- will see their paychecks rise to $500,000 per episode, up from about $350,000 under their previous contracts. Ed O’Neill will earn more due to the fact he had a higher profile during the series premiere in 2009. Each core cast member will also see a piece of the series’ back end. The children will receives raises too, but nearly as much.
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