Will ‘Modern Family’ return? Rumours fly after star’s latest photo

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Some fans are speculating the ABC sitcom “Modern Family” may have a reboot after Jesse Tyler Ferguson shared a photo from the set Thursday, the latest star to hint at a potential reunion—though ABC has not indicated it will revive the show more than four years after its finale.
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The cast of ‘Modern Family’

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Key Facts

Ferguson, who played Mitchell Pritchett on the show, posted a picture of the “Modern Family” set to his Instagram story Thursday with the caption “Haven’t seen this view in a while,” causing fans to speculate online about a potential reboot.

Ferguson’s on-screen husband Eric Stonestreet also posted a picture of Ferguson, who appears to have been aged, to his Instagram story on Thursday with the same caption.

Several fans questioned the possibility of a reboot on social media, with some wondering if Ferguson’s photo showing the set still intact is an indicator of a potential reunion, while others shared a viral photo of a “Modern Family” semi-truck promoting the show—though it’s not clear when either photo was taken.

When asked on “The Tonight Show” about the possibility of a reboot in January, Sofia Vergara, who also starred on “Modern Family,” said “I feel like we need a little more time,” then joking the show actually doesn’t have much time because of the age of 78-year-old Ed O’Neill, who played her TV husband.

O’Neill said he doesn’t “like to do that stuff” when asked about a reboot by TV Insider earlier this month, though he’s “open to it” because he likes everyone involved.

The cast reunited in February at the SAG Awards to present the Ensemble in a Comedy Award—which the show won four times during its run—and they reminisced about the good times they had while filming, leading Ferguson to ask if it was “too early to talk about a reboot,” going on to jokingly say “they made me park a mile away from here.”

Ferguson told Entertainment Tonight during the 2022 Tony Awards there’s a script for a spinoff show out there and it’s “very good,” so “if someone wants to produce it, maybe.”

Forbes has reached out to ABC for comment.

Big Number

7.4 million. That’s how many viewers the show’s final episode in 2020 raked in, its highest rating since the season 10 premiere in 2018, according to Variety.

Key Background

“Modern Family” premiered in September 2009 and ran for 11 seasons, with its final season ending in 2020. The mockumentary-style sitcom follows the lives of the extended Pritchett family, and was one of ABC’s biggest sitcoms. During its prime, 30-second ads on the show typically went for around $250,000, one of the highest prices for a sitcom, according to Ad Age. “Modern Family” won awards during its run, including the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical, five Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.

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