Seasons 9 and 10? Are we, or am I really this old? I’m having a tough time accepting and believing that Modern Family first debuted on television all the way back in 2009. I was still living in Manhattan at the time, had no children and wasn’t even technically married yet!?!?! What the hell? Where in God’s name has the time gone? Fast forward to now and it’s 2017, the show has amassed tremendous success and Modern Family has been renewed for seasons 9 and 10.
In a move that kind of reminds me of The Big Bang Theory, the stars are now (not that they weren’t already making money) cashing in on the show’s monumental ratings run. I personally think the show’s been on a downhill trajectory since Manny and Luke began puberty but don’t let me dissuade you from watching. Ratings don’t lie and the show still has plenty of kick. According to THR.
Sources say each star has scored a raise to remain with the comedy from showrunners Levitan and Christopher Lloyd and producers 20th Century Fox Television. Securing raises are the six primary stars – Sofia Vergara (Gloria), Julie Bowen (Claire), Ty Burrell (Phil), Eric Stonestreet (Cameron), Jessie Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell) and Ed O’Neill (Jay) – as well as younger castmembers Rico Rodriguez (Manny), Nolan Gould (Luke), Sarah Hyland (Haley) and Ariel Winter (Alex).
Season eight of the comedy, which wrapped production in February without new deals for the stars, saw the cast making roughly $350,000 per episode as well as a portion of the show’s profits. The stars are said to have landed significant raises – though their take-home remains far less than the cast of TV’s No. 1 comedy, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. (The original stars of the Chuck Lorre comedy each get Friends-level $1 million per episode, though they recently took $100,000 per-episode cuts to help co-stars receive healthy raises. The CBS comedy from Warner Bros. Television earned a two-season renewal that will take it through what is expected to be its 12th and final run.)
“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,” said Lloyd. “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 eight and a half years (326-317 B.C.), so yes, everyone is deeply humbled by this.”
Admittedly I still watch the show because the writing is still solid but I just wish they’d axe Luke and Manny.