Modern Family is still going strong. Today, it was revealed that ABC had renewed the popular TV show for two more years — seasons nine and 10.
The long-running sitcom stars Ed O’Neill, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sofía Vergara, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, and Rico Rodriguez.
A renewal is hardly a surprise. Modern Family has been ABC‘s top comedy for several years now, and the current season has been no different. So far, season eight is averaging a 2.15 rating in the 18-49 demo and 6.97 million viewers, making it the network’s highest-rated series for the 2016-2017 season.
Two-year deals have been made for O’Neill, Bowen, Burrell, Ferguson, Stonestreet and Vergara. All landed significant increases in their salaries. The studio is expected to negotiate new contracts with the younger cast members soon.
“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.”
What do you think? Are you a fan of Modern Family? Are you glad it’s been renewed for two seasons? How many more seasons do think the comedy should last?