Fans of ABCs long-running Modern Family will be glad to learn that the network will extend the show’s run into a ninth and tenth season – and perhaps longer.
The 10 stars of the series have signed new contracts that include healthy raises, committing to stick with the show for at least two years more.
Modern Family has earned five Emmy awards. ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey says the show “has been the centerpiece of our comedy brand for eight seasons and we are thrilled to have it on our schedule for two more years."
“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 Modern Family creator and showrunner Steve Levitan.
Raises have been awarded to the show’s six stars – Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jessie Tyler Ferguson, and Ed O’Neill. Young cast members Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland, and Ariel Winter will also enjoy salary bumps.
The show’s stars earned about $350,000 per episode during season eight, plus a portion of series profits. Their new salaries are described as significantly higher, but almost certainly do not approach the earnings earned by cast members of television’s top-rated comedy, CBS’s The Big Bang Theory. That shows top stars negotiated $1 million-per-episode deals, though they recently took pay cuts to fund salary bumps for other cast members.
Modern Family is ABC’s top comedy and prime-time televisions second-ranked half-hour program, beaten only by Big Bang Theory. The series tied an Emmy record last year with its fifth straight trophy as best comedy series.