Faster than an express Christmas, Modern Family’s contract renegotiation impasse is over.
The adult members of the ABC sitcom’s cast have settled their dispute with 20th Century Fox TV, and production of the Emmy-winning series’ Season 4 is back to normal.
The first hint that the talent and the Powers That Be would come to terms happened at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills Friday. ABC President Paul Lee said he expected the comedy’s season would begin when it was scheduled to, despite a contract-voiding lawsuit filed earlier in the week by stars Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sofia Vergara and a hastily rescheduled table read (that, in the end, the entire cast attended). “We hopeful and optimistic that we’ll be able to resolve it,” Lee said.
All of the adults mentioned above will more than double their current $65,000-an-episode salaries (to roughly 170,000, per Deadline) and receive a piece of the show’s lucrative back end. The change will make their per-episode pay closer to that of co-star Ed O’Neill, who made roughly $105,000 an episode for Season 3 and whose deal entitles him to a larger cut of the back end than his peers. The actors agreed to drop their lawsuit and add a year onto their existing seven-year contracts.
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With 14 nominations, Modern Family is the most-lauded scripted comedy series going into this year’s Emmys. The series returns for its new season on Wednesday, Sept. 26 (9/8c).