'Modern Family' will end next year after 11 seasons
For a decade, viewers have watched the blended Dunphy-Pritchett-Tucker family navigate their wacky lives in suburban Los Angeles. However, next year the hit ABC sitcom and perennial Emmy magnet will finally come to an end. Season 11 will be its last - the last time Cam and Mitchell bicker about something trivial, the last time Phil helps Jay reveal his sensitive side, and the last time Gloria tells a crazy anecdote about her life in Columbia.
Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan created the series, which revolves around three different types of families: nuclear, step and same-sex. It uses a mockumentary single-camera format, similar to The Office, although Modern Family never acknowledges the film crew. (At least, not yet, anyway.) The star-studded ensemble cast includes Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Sarah Hyland, Sofia Vergara, Ariel Winter and Ed O’Neill, who famously played Al Bundy on the raunchy 90's sitcom Married... With Children. (Whoooa, Bundy!)
On Tuesday, ABC president Karey Burke made the bittersweet announcement during the Television Critics Association press tour. "So proud to announce that Modern Family is returning for its 11th and final season," she stated. "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."
Will Phil ever fix that darn step? Will Lily continue to disappear for multiple episodes at a time without explanation? Will Cam ever visit his family farm in Missouri, that he is supposedly so proud of? Will Manny continue to pursue his creepy crush on Haley, who is technically his niece? Will recently deceased matriarch DeDe Pritchett return as a zombie and terrorize her ex's young voluptuous wife Gloria? Stay tuned to find out!
Critics praised Modern Family for its positive depiction of diverse American families, including one comprised of a gay people. Over the years, the show won 22 Emmy Awards, including five for Outstanding Comedy Series. The series was consistently a ratings juggernaut for ABC, and the most popular scripted show of the 2011-2012 TV season. So, obviously, the network is interested in a spinoff!
After all, the show recently revealed that Phil and Claire's eldest daughter, Haley, is pregnant. That seems to open the door for a spin-off series, doesn't it? When asked about the possibility after her TCA panel, Burke said, "I would love it. No one would be happier if there were one. This next year, from what I hear, is all about...they have big plans. There are some surprises and big milestones coming. They intend to really, really go out big. So, it would be terrific if a spinoff were part of that."
Sitcom spinoffs have a checkered history, as for every Frasier from Cheers, there's a Joey from Friends. But hey, maybe it could work out? They could call it Post-Modern Family.