Modern Family may have been renewed for Season 8, set to air on September 21, but a new report confirmed that the popular ABC series could end after two more seasons.
In an interview with ABC News, Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan revealed that the series could go on for a few more years before they decide to wrap things up.
“I’d love to see the show go 10 years. I’m not sure why, it just seems like a nice, even number,” he said.
Probably making things worse for Modern Family fans, Levitan added that they could actually end it in Season 9. However, he said that they wanted to give the series and the fans the ending they deserve.
“I think nine years would be okay but we gotta just sort of assess it and make sure we’re not limping out. We wanna go out strong,” he explained.
The publication confirmed that the major cast members have all agreed to do Modern Family for one more year. Veteran actor Ed O’Neill, who plays Jay Pritchett, said that he would be open to reprising his role for much longer, saying that it was the “best job he ever had.”
“Sure. I work two-and-a-half days a week on that show. It’s the best job I ever had.”
Modern Family has been nominated for another Emmy this year against Black-ish, Master of None, Silicon Valley, Transparent, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Veep. The show has been nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series since it premiered in 2009 and enjoyed a five-year win streak, only to be dethroned in 2015 by HBO’s Veep. Modern Family has received over 20 Emmy awards over the past seven seasons.
Ty Burrell, who plays Phil Dunphy, was also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in Comedy. Burrel has been nominated seven times and won in 2011 and 2013.
Indiewire predicted that Veep would win Outstanding Comedy Series again this year. They held that among the other nominees, Black-ish and Master of None had the best odds.
“Modern Family seems to be on the decline, so despite its record-tying run in this category, odds aren’t great for a return to the top.”
In an interview with Variety, Julie Bowen, who plays Claire Dunphy, shared that she likes to prepare for the worst. The Modern Family star shared that she cannot help but think of what’s next for her when the show comes to an end.
“I always find the downside to a winning lottery ticket; it’s like, what am I going to do after this? I worry about the fact that I’ll never have this good a job again, but I mean, I’ll never have this good a job again. I started worrying about that like three years ago, it’s how I protect myself.”
Amidst several reports that Modern Family is slowly losing its touch, co-creator Christopher Lloyd believed that there is still “a lot of life left” in the show. He said that there is still a lot to be explored. Lloyd also said that they always try their best to find new ways to keep the comedy fresh, while staying true to the characters.
“We try not to repeat ourselves and not let the characters flatten out. We try to find new sides to the characters, whether it’s Claire as a boss or Gloria as a new mom,” he explained.
Modern Family Season 8 premieres on September 21, with the new episode picking up where the Season 7 finale left off. Steve Levitan told Moviefone that they would be shooting some of the scenes for episode 1 in New York. The co-creator added that fans could also look forward to another exciting Halloween episode this year.
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