ABC has set an end date for “Modern Family,” renewing the sitcom for an 11th and final season.
The announcement was made by ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke on Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour.
“Chris and Steve have created one of the most seminal and iconic comedies in television history,” Burke said. “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.”
During its run, “Modern Family” was among the most-nominated comedy series, winning a total of 22 Emmys, including five straight years for Outstanding Comedy Series (2010-2014). “Even after 10 years together, we realized there are still some things our writers don’t yet know about each other’s sex lives,” co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan said.
The end of “Modern Family” could also mean the end of Levitan’s long relationship with the show’s studio 20th Century Fox. His deal expired last summer, with Levitan staying on until “Modern Family” ended. In July, Levitan said he would “take some time” to consider his future with the studio, following his criticism of Fox News. Twentieth Century Fox is set to be acquired by Disney when the company’s $71.3 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox assets closes by June of this year.
“Modern Family” will wrap a year after another long-running sitcom, “The Big Bang Theory,” which will end its 12-year run on CBS in May.
The series stars Ed O’Neill, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Nolan Gould, Ariel Winter and Rico Rodriguez.
Levitan and Christopher Lloyd are co-creators/executive producers. Jeff Morton, Danny Zuker, Paul Corrigan, Brad Walsh, Abraham Higginbotham, Jeffrey Richman, Elaine Ko, Bill Wrubel, Vali Chandrasekaran, Stephen Lloyd, Jack Burditt and Jon Pollak also serve as executive producers.