‘Modern Family’ Co-Creator Christopher Lloyd Still Negotiating Contract as Writers Convene

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With work starting on the upcoming sixth season, “Modern Family” co-creator still negotiating agreement with 20th Century Fox TV

“Modern Family” is missing a key member as its writers begin work on the sixth season of the ABC hit comedy.

Co-creator Christopher Lloyd is still locked in contract negotiations with 20th Century Fox Television, an individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap on Wednesday.

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Lloyd — pictured above left with “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson at a screening of the series’ wedding episode last week at the Fox lot — was not present when the writers reconvened to begin work on the upcoming sixth season of the series on Tuesday.

Fellow “Modern Family” co-creator Steven Levitan re-upped with 20th TV with a four year extension of his overall deal in March.

Lloyd  hasn’t worked directly with Levitan since after the first season of the series, which stars Ed O’Neill and Sofia Vergara, instead alternating episodes with Levitan.

Contract drama for “Modern Family” is nothing new. A contract dispute with the cast of the series resulted in a lawsuit filed by the actors, which was dropped when the dispute was resolved in 2012.