'Modern Family' Cast Dispute Update: Table Read Scheduled for Tomorrow

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July 25th, 2012

Yesterday, the cast of Modern Family -- minus Ed O'Neil- did not show up for a scheduled table read and filed a lawsuit against Twentieth Century Fox as part of an ongoing contract dispute. Like the stars of Big Bang Theory and Friendsbefore them, they want a substantial raise now that the show has scored a lucrative syndication deal. Now Deadline reports that the table read has been rescheduled for Thursday and the cast is expected to attend as a gesture of good will. Reportedly, there has been no progress in the contract negotiations, but everyone involved seems to think that the show will return as scheduled in the fall.

 
  • Richard Steven Hack

    While a case might be made for a show’s cast as being the primary draw for the show’s profitability, they should keep in mind that increased cast expenses tend to drag down a show later in its run when the ratings start to sag. It would behoove them to keep their demands reasonable over the length of a show’s run. Better to work for more years at a lower rate than get a high rate now and kill the show budget-wise later (and pay the taxes on it, assuming any of them do.)

    In any event, regardless of a show’s profitability, it’s pretty clear that TV actors make a damn good living (as long as their show remains on the air more than one season.) $500-600,000 an episode is just absurd. No one is worth that much, especially if the show is not oriented around just one or two people, regardless of how much the network takes in.

    I just read that Snooki of Jersey Shore gets something like $150,000 per episode and is worth some $4 million – just for being herself! Bizarre…

    Without the producers, writers and crew, who are just as essential as the actors to the success of a show, the actors would be working for peanuts in off-Broadway theater productions…

  • James C.

    I’m baffled how anyone thinks NBC Universal executives deserve the vast majority of the millions the show makes, not the writers, actors and others who are the indispensable ingredients of the show.

    YES, the WORKERS deserve the money that they literally make.

  • Pete

    How do people not get that if you sign a contract you are expected to honor it. If the show lost money all year, do you think the actors would have given money back?

  • Matthew Chapman

    ABC’s premiere dates have been announced-http://tvline.com/2012/07/26/fall-tv-abc-announces-premiere-dates/

  • Lord Seth

    @ James C.

    I’m baffled how anyone thinks NBC Universal executives deserve the vast majority of the millions the show makes, not the writers, actors and others who are the indispensable ingredients of the show.

    I don’t know, do the “vast majority” go to them? I’d presume that it goes into new investments, e.g. production costs, advertising, etc.

    As for the general thing, the amount apparently offered to them seems only a little less than the amount The Big Bang Theory main stars are getting, and considering the ensemble cast that seems reasonable (we’re not talking about something like House, where Hugh Laurie’s $700,000/episode salary made some sense because he was the show). But given how infamously unstable the career of a TV actor is, them trying to get as much money as they can while the show is going is understandable.

  • city kitty

    Fire them all.

    Get some new blood in there and revitalize the show.

    We need some redistribution going on here.

    Spread the jobs around. These people had them for awhile, they should have saved their money, now let new people have a chance to earn and save.

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