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Modern Family renewed for 11th and final season

Modern Family: Season 2

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ABC’s Modern Family is returning for an 11th and final season.

The renewal comes as the result of lengthy negotiations with the principal adult stars, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O’Neill, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara, who each agreed to ink new deals to return for a final run for the 2019-20 broadcast season.

It also hinged on the studio signing new pacts with young stars Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould and Rico Rodriguez.

Announcing the news, ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said: “Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd have created one of the most seminal and iconic comedies in television history. In its final season, there will be more milestone events that anyone who has been a fan of the series won’t want to miss.”

Lloyd added: “For 10 years, our characters have bravely faced turning points in life and moved through them to great personal enrichment; we have chosen a different path by doing one more season of Modern Family.”

Rumours persist of a potential spin-off series, but Burke refused to confirm whether there were any in development.

As things stand, an episode count for the final season has yet to be determined, although Levitan has indicated that it is unlikely to be for a full order of 20 or more.

He told The Hollywood Reporter in October last year: “I thought season 10 was going to be it. I think everyone has said season 11 is it. If we were to do it, season 11 would be it, for sure. And I’m not sure it would be a full season. We’re all trying to figure that out.”

Modern Family has been a major hit for 20th TV. It currently holds the joint TV record for best comedy series Emmys, having won five straight. The series is currently ABC’s longest-running comedy. (Grey’s Anatomy is its oldest drama at 15 seasons and is expected to return for its 16th.)

The series can also count a Golden Globe win, four SAG Awards for best comedy, a Peabody, six WGA and four PGA awards, among its awards haul.