Modern Family has found not one but two streaming homes for its vast 11-season library. Disney-backed Hulu and NBCUniversal’s Peacock will share streaming rights for all 250 episodes, with the family comedy from creators Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd making its debut Feb. 3 on both platforms. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.
ABC’s Modern Family, a show that gently pushed at social boundaries while remaining something parents and kids watched together, will end its 11-season run on Wednesday. The show’s finale will be proceeded by the documentary A Modern Farewell looking back at its creation and run.
The series following the extended Pritchett-Dunphy clan was an immediate sensation upon its 2009 debut. It holds the record with Frasier of five consecutive Emmy Awards as television’s best comedy.
Raw numbers for Modern Family, Law & Order: SVU and Hawaii Five-0 have dropped off considerably, but they’re still relatively strong shows compared to the rest of the broadcast landscape.
When ABC announced this week that Modern Family had been renewed for its 11th and final season, and will wrap up for good in 2020, the reaction was fairly muted. Even if the collective reaction is a shrug, it’s worth looking back at the comedy’s somewhat groundbreaking beginnings to remember it helped change TV.
ABC announced Tuesday that it has handed out a formal renewal for the Emmy-winning comedy after its adult stars inked rich new deals to return. The decision to bring back the Steve Levitan- and Christopher Lloyd-created single-camera comedy comes as the series is poised to become owned in-house as studio 20th Century Fox Television is included in the assets moving to Disney as part of Fox’s $72 billion sale.
Modern Family is on its way to an 11th season on ABC, as the show’s six adult stars are negotiating to continue their roles. Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O’Neill, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara are in talks with producer 20th Century Fox TV to continue their roles in 2019-20.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland says she had a second kidney transplant last year, replacing a kidney from her father with another from her brother. Hyland detailed her lifelong health struggles in an interview in Self magazine, and tweeted Monday that she hopes it “spreads awareness of organ donation” and “brings a sense of support” […]
In one week, Modern Family will premiere its 10th season on ABC. Behind the scenes, groundwork continues to be laid out for an eleventh season of the Emmy-winning family comedy, and all sides appear optimistic that it could become a reality. I hear conversations are still ongoing between ABC and Modern Family producer 20th Century Fox TV for a shorter 11th season, with a final season order in the neighborhood of 18 episodes discussed.
The Middle and Modern Family premiered within a week of each other in 2009 and set the template for the next decade of ABC comedies: brightly-colored, well-written, big-hearted family sitcoms that look at the American experience from a particular demographic perspective. But after a strong run, both comedies are winding down. That will leave ABC without the identity-defining sitcoms it’s relied on for ratings for years. So what does that mean for the future of the Alphabet’s comedy brand?
Modern Family aired its 200th episode on Wednesday night, with the milestone episode ranking as the top-rated show of the night. Airing at 9 p.m. on ABC, Modern Family drew a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.8 million viewers. Yet despite the fact it was the show’s 200th episode, it was approximately even with its performance last week in both measures.
The 10 stars of the five-time Emmy-winning family series have inked new rich contracts to return to the network’s top comedy, which has been renewed for a ninth and 10th season. It’s unclear if season 10 will be its last. The renewal is for 44 total episodes, 22 per season.
ABC and studio 20th Century Fox TV are said to be fighting over the top-rated series’ costs.
This week, Phil Dunphy twice makes the point that he’s a Realtor. The plot twist was part of a new advertising campaign by the National Association of Realtors. At a time of fear among advertisers that their messages are getting lost, it represents a tactic beyond the casual product placement of a soda can or car in the background of a television scene.
This week’s episode of the ABC sitcom recorded entirely with the iPhone and other Apple products offered a fresh, clever way of storytelling — with jokes and plot twists not possible with the documentary-style approach that Modern Family typically uses.
Other than a few scenes shot with the MacBook Pro, the Feb. 25 episode was captured entirely with iPhone 6s and iPads, series co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan said. The ABC comedy will play out on screen completely on a computer and in the realm of social media.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Modern Family” actress Sarah Hyland’s ex-boyfriend has been ordered to stay away from the actress and not contact her for three years. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Andrea Thompson granted Hyland the protection from actor Matt Prokop on Thursday. A hearing on Hyland’s request for a stay-away order had been scheduled […]
ABC’s Modern Family won a fifth best comedy series Emmy, tying the record set by Frasier, while the final season of AMC’s Breaking Bad captured the top drama award and a trio of acting honors for its stars.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mother and sister of “Modern Family” star Ariel Winter have settled a guardianship dispute over who will care for the teenage actress. Winter’s mother Chrisoula Workman and sister Shanelle Gray announced the accord on Monday in Los Angeles just before a guardianship trial was set to begin. The 16-year-old actress […]
SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police have charged a man with indecently assaulting a star of the hit television comedy “Modern Family,” Sarah Hyland, in Sydney. The cast of the ABC series arrived in Sydney this week to shoot an Australian episode. The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported the 23-year-old was attending a social function for […]
Ted Stephens, VP-GM of KCWI-KDMI Des Moines-Ames, Iowa, to Twentieth Television: “As a broadcaster I am incensed by how you sold our industry down the river. The double standard you demonstrated in the terms of the syndication rights to Modern Family for cable and broadcasting is nothing short of unethical.”
NEW YORK (AP) — Typically one sign a TV series is doing well is if there’s a budget to travel and film on location. By that definition, “Modern Family” is doing extremely well — the cast is heading across the globe. Qantas Airlines says it is partnering with the show’s production company, 20th Century Fox […]
A Christmas-themed episode of ABC’s Modern Family hit a four-week high last night, finishing as the No. 1 show on broadcast. Family averaged a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating, up 11% over the previous week. It also gave lead-out Super Fun Night a bump from last week. Fun, which has yet to receive a full-season order, drew a 1.8, growing 13% over last week.
In the TV industry’s eternal search for younger viewers, USA Network has decided to stress comedy over crime, making Modern Family reruns the focus of its primetime lineup. Ratings have fallen short of expectations.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The cast and creators of the Emmy-winning sitcom hit “Modern Family” gave back Monday, honoring some 600 of the show’s devotees with a so-called “fan appreciation day.” The fans “have really gotten us where we are,” noted actor Nolan Gould, who plays the youngest Dunphy child, Luke, on the series, […]
Modern Family just launched in syndication on USA Network, a big win for the cable network that’s not usually known for it’s comedy. If you’ve never seen Modern Family, or heard of the hit show you might not even know it’s only a syndication launch with the network’s smart, social-TV savvy launch strategy. Here are the details.
Details are sketchy as conversations are in very early stages with multiples ideas discussed, but one offshoot concept that is being explored is for a show built around standout Modern Family guest player Rob Riggle and the character he played in two episodes last season. The idea is being spearheaded by Modern Family executive producers Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh who would run point and write the script.
The first Wednesday of the new fall season goes to ABC, thanks to its Emmy award-winning comedy Modern Family. ABC averaged a 2.8 among 18-49 and 8 share for the night, according to Nielsen. That was just ahead of Fox at 2.5/7, backed by The X Factor. CBS, with CSI, and NBC, with Law & Order: SVU, tied for third at 2.4/7.
ABC’s top-rated network show started strong with a 1.5 houshold rating, becoming the second-highest rated off-network sitcom to debut in the past five years, trailing only the 2011 debut of Warner Bros. The Big Bang Theory.