Cast of 'Modern Family' prepares to ask for raise
ABC's Modern Family may be getting a lot more expensive to produce, as word is the six adult cast members are preparing to band together to make a ton more money by renegotiating their contracts for the show's fourth season. Winning 11 Emmys in one year will do that.
The Hollywood Reporter says Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara want a significant bump up from their $65,000-per-episode deal, which was already increased once after the cast rocked the Emmys (Stonestreet was making $20,000 the first two years before his win). Sources say they could be asking for as much as $200,000 per episode, a drop in the bucket, considering the show brought in $164 million in ad revenue last year.
Ed O'Neill, mind you, already makes about $105,000 each week, which is the windfall you can expect by being the big-name actor on a fledgling show. Good thing Craig T. Nelson passed to go be on Parenthood, huh, Ed?
The $200k figure has been thrown around by analysts who cite the tactics of the three leads of The Big Bang Theory, although negotiations for Modern Family have yet to begin. It's a plan most successfully seen in use by the cast of Friends, who used all-or-nothing negotiating to secure $1 million per episode by the show's final, dreary season. THR says it's common practice to renegotiate in a show's fourth season in order to sign the cast to longer terms, guaranteeing longer syndication life.
It's not like they can just cancel the show: It's the No. 1 comedy on TV and has almost single-handedly revived the network sitcom -- plus it pulls in almost 14 million viewers a week. Those are numbers sitcoms haven't seen since (wait for it) Friends was in its prime.