The Pritchett-Dunphy-Delgado family have been a massive sitcom staple for eight seasons. Since debuting in 2009, Modern Family has won numerous awards including multiple Emmys and Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as a Golden Globe. However, after filming on Season 8 comes to an end this week, the cast will find themselves without contracts to continue with a possible Season 9.
Yep, despite the fact that Modern Family is ABC's highest-rated show and the number two primetime comedy (behind The Big Bang Theory), THR has reported that the show's studio, 20th Century Fox Television, has yet to begin contract negotiations with the show's big six stars — Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet and Jessie Tyler Ferguson — due to a fight between the studio and the host network, ABC, over the high cost of the series.
THR goes on to say that by the time a show has been running as long as Modern Family, it's standard that the network (in this case ABC), rather than the studio (20th Century Fox Television), funds most of the production. However, Modern Family has a higher production cost thanks to the high salaries of its stars. Currently each of the six main stars are thought to receive $350,000 per episode, as well as a cut of the back-end profits, with the stars likely wanting an increase for Season 9.
This isn't the first time that Modern Family's negotiations have turned into a battle, with discussions turning into a lawsuit back in 2012, when all six main stars joined forces to demand raises, which resulted in the current deal.
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But fear not, despite the currently fights over funding, Modern Family is still the shining gem in the crowns of both ABC and 20th Century Fox Television. The series popularity reportedly enables ABC to sell 30-second advertising spots for over $200,000, meanwhile for Fox Television the show helps to attract other creators to its studio, as well as being a massive cash cow thanks to its numerous syndication deals.
Ultimately it seems like although the stars of Modern Family may not be able to command quite the salary of the stars of The Big Bang Theory, which has been renewed for an eleventh season, they will reach a similar deal as its stars, including new contracts and a series renewal.
Modern Family airs Wednesday nights on ABC
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