HOLLYWOOD (EON) – Modern Family just got reunued for another season.
ABC has renewed the long-running comedy for a ninth and 10th season, meaning we’re getting at least two more years to hang out with the Pritchett-Dunphy clan, with the option for more seasons beyond that. Will we finally find out who’s behind this very lengthy documentary about the family?
The series has earned 22 Emmys over its eight seasons so far out of a total of 75 nominations. The ensemble cast of Modern Family includes Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons and Jeremy Maguire.
“Modern Family has been the centerpiece of our comedy brand for 8 seasons and we are thrilled to have it on our schedule for two more years,” ABC president Channing Dungey said in a statement. “[Creators] Steve and Chris have created such endearing characters, and the cast is second-to-none.”
Co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan said, “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.”
Co-creator and executive producer Christopher Lloyd also released a statement, joking that the show’s run will last longer than Alexander the Great’s reign.
“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.”
Not only does Modern Family remain ABC’s highest-rated comedy — with 8.8 million viewers and a 2.9 rating in the 18-to-49 demo, including DVR playback — it has been a huge critical darling, winning the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in each of its first five seasons, tying Frasier for the most consecutive Emmy wins. (It was nominated in that category for the last two ceremonies.) In addition, stars Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, and Julie Bowen have each won two supporting actor Emmys for their roles.
The adult cast also includes Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, while the younger stars include Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, and Jeremy Maguire.