It's officially back to work for the adult cast of Modern Family
now that their salary negotiations have finally been resolved with 20th Century Fox TV. As reported previously
, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara and Ed O'Neill filed a lawsuit against the studio in attempt to renegotiate their contracts and boost their salaries but now Deadline.com
reveals that the court case has been dropped.
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The studio reportedly made a new offer to Bowen, Burrell, Ferguson, Stonestreet and Vergara between the $170,000-180,000 an episode range for the upcoming season, as well as bigger year-to-year increases and a portion of the show's back-end. On the other hand, O'Neill, negotiated separately as he was already getting more than $100,000 per episode and had back-end earnings as well.
It is not clear whether series creators Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd chipped in to the new financial arrangement for the cast though Levitan said that he's "extremely relieved that the distraction is over" adding that he's "happy to get back to work on Monday."
Meanwhile, the Modern Family
kids appear to be following the footsteps of their on-screen parents. A source tells The Hollywood Reporter
that the young cast members of the series, who share equal screen time with their adult co-stars, are planning their own contract renegotiations with the studio. Rico Rodriguez (Manny) , Nolan Gould (Luke) and Ariel Winter (Alex) are rumored to be negotiating as a group with uniform salary demands.
Sarah Hyland (Haley) is also expected to renegotiate her contract though her case is different since she is reportedly earning more than her younger co-stars and has already several TV credits prior to joining the cast of the award-winning ABC comedy series. Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (Lily) is not expected to receive a big salary increase since she plays a smaller role.
In other news, producers have recently replaced Jay Pritchett's (O'Neill) dog. A source told TMZ
that Brigitte, who originally played Stella, was let go by Hollywood animal agency Good Dog Animals, which subleases to the show. Consequently, she was replaced by a French bulldog lookalike named Beatrice. Check out the photos here.
(Image courtesy of ABC)