Modern Family Season 9 cancelled? The ABC sitcom’s expected ninth season has hit a hurdle with cast contracts set to expire as Season 8 filming wraps, per THR:
Despite the Emmy-winning comedy’s still-significant ratings, sources say its studio, 20th Century Fox Television, has yet to begin negotiating with the show’s six stars – Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jessie Tyler Ferguson and Ed O’Neill – for a not-yet-ordered though all-but-inevitable ninth season. The hold-up, two insiders tell The Hollywood Reporter: a fight between 20th TV and host network ABC over the cost of the long-running series.
This far into a series’ run, the network (rather than the studio) traditionally funds most of production as part of its licensing agreement; though just how much currently is in question. And in the case of Modern Family, that price tag is hefty thanks in large part to the already rich salaries being paid to the award-winning ensemble. In its eight season, which is now airing, the stars of Levitan and Chris Lloyd’s hit half-hour are said to be making roughly $350,000 per episode as well as getting a cut of the series’ profits. They will no doubt demand considerably more to continue. Both the network and studio, which technically have until mid-May to make a decision about the series’ fate, declined to comment.
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the renew/cancel status of Modern Family Season 9…
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