The news has finally arrived: ABC will be saying goodbye to one of its most beloved comedies next season.
The network has announced this afternoon that “Modern Family” will be returning for an eleventh and final season, the news of which comes after the show’s main cast all signed new deals to appear in another season. An official episode count for the final season has yet to be determined.
The long-running series now joins “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “The Good Doctor,” and “A Million Little Things” as ABC’s fourth scripted series renewed for the 2019-20 season.
“Chris and Steve have created one of the most seminal and iconic comedies in television history,” said ABC Entertainment President, Karey Burke. “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.”
Created by Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, “Modern Family” focuses on the lives of three different but related families, as they all face different trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways. Its cast includes Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Ed O’Neill, Sofía Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, and more.
“For 10 years, our characters have bravely faced turning points in life and moved through them to great personal enrichment; we have chosen a different path by doing one more season of Modern Family,” said Lloyd.
Levithan added, “Even after 10 years together, we realized there are still some things our writers don’t yet know about each other’s sex lives.”
Always a strong ratings performer for the network, “Modern Family” is the network’s second-highest-rated comedy (behind only “The Conners) of the season, with it currently averaging a 1.4 live + same day rating in adults 18-49 and 5.06 million viewers.
“Modern Family” airs Wednesday nights on ABC.