After a summer of heated salary negotiations that led to a lawsuit, the cancellation (and subsequent rescheduling) of a table read and a tense week of back-and-forth negotiations, the six adult actors on ABC’s top-rated comedy have agreed in principle to new contracts with producer 20th Century Fox Television.
The end to the messy stalemate allows the fourth season of the Emmy-winning comedy to begin production on time next week in advance of its Sept. 26 premiere. The series is a profit center for both 20th TV and ABC, for which it regularly draws 13.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen. In 2011, Modern Family generated $164 million in advertising revenue for ABC, up 40 percent from a year earlier, reports Kantar Media.
Simmering tensions in the battle over the spoils from a wildly successful sitcom boiled over in public Tuesday as five “Modern Family” stars filed a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox TV amid a stalemate in their contract renegotiation talks.
Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara claim in the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, that the original contracts they signed for the show violate California’s seven-year limit on personal service contracts. That legal precedent was established in 1944 after actress Olivia de Havilland waged a long contract fight against Warner Bros.
The other adult star of the series, Ed O’Neill, was not named as one of the plaintiffs but has since joined the litigation in a show of unity with his co-stars.
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EW.com is reporting that the “Modern Family” star has been tapped to guest star as Peter Griffin’s fantasy love interest on an upcoming episode of the hit comedy, “Family Guy.” In the same episode, the talented comedienne will also play a woman selling roses in a restaurant where Quagmire is “wooing” Peter so that Peter will do him a big favor.
“Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane has also tapped the Colombian star to guest star on his other FOX comedy, “The Cleveland Show,” where she’ll be playing a woman who tries to convince Cleveland to host a quinceañera for his son’s 15th birthday.
Source: Huffington Post
“Modern Family,” last year’s winner, is again among the top nominees for primetime Emmy Awards on Thursday.
“Modern Family” scored 14 nominations including best TV comedy to lead other series in that grouping.
Source: Chicago Tribune
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Ty Burrell; Ed O’Neill; Eric Stonestreet
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series- Julie Bowen; Sofía Vergara
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy – Greg Kinnear as Tad
Outstanding Directing For A Comedy – Steven Levitan, Director
Outstanding Casting For A Comedy
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series – Ryan Case, Editor; Steven A. Rasch, A.C.E.
Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series Stephen A. Tibbo, Production Sound Mixer,Dean Okrand, Re-Recording Mixer,Brian R. Harman, Re-Recording Mixer
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, “Modern Family”‘s Lily, mom Amy Anderson posted this adorable video of Aubrey, 5, singing Adele, with “Someone Like You.”
“Aubrey is crazy into Adele right now which I love,” wrote Anderson on the video’s YouTube page. “It’s so cute hearing her belt her songs in the car. This is where she likes to sing the most. At first she didn’t know if she wanted to learn this song because she thought it was too slow, but now it’s one of her favorites.”
Executive producer Steven Levitan tells TV Guide the new season will open with “everybody learning about Gloria’s pregnancy.” And it’s a safe bet that Claire and Mitchell will be none too pleased to find out they’ll be getting a new brother or sister.