Modern Family is coming to an end. ABC announced they’ve renewed the show for an eleventh and final season. Previously co-creators Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan said that the tenth season would be the last for the long-running family sitcom.
When the show premiered in 2009, it was groundbreaking for its portrayal of diverse family structures including a set of same-sex fathers played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet. The show follows an ensemble cast as they raise children, deal with marriage woes, and try to all stay together. The show has earned 22 Primetime Emmy Awards (five for Outstanding Comedy Series), five SAG Awards, and a Peabody Award.
ABC says ‘one last time’ for Modern Family
Karey Burke, ABC Entertainment President, said of the show at the Television Critics Association press tour, “Chris and Steve 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.”
The show stars Ferguson, Stonestreet, Ed O’Neill, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, and Rico Rodriguez. The adult actors in the cast all signed on to be a part of Season 11 in December, but some of the younger actors were still closing deals up to the night before the renewal announcement.
Lloyd said of the decision to make one final season, “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.”