The Modern Family cast is holding out for a big pay day but things aren’t going their way right now. They were supposed to start filming season 4 yesterday but the cast didn’t show up so it was cancelled.
Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara all filed a lawsuit yesterday asking to have their contracts voided. The contracts have them locked in for another four more seasons but they want a lot more money to continue on with the successful show.
Everyone was given a good pay raise last season but it wasn’t enough. They were earning between $60k to $150k an episode but the show is bringing in some bank. The show earned $164mil last season, plus another $110mil in a syndication deal.
The cast rejected the studio’s latest offer, which was $200k an episode for seasons 4 and 5 and $225k for season six, with additional raises going up to $325k per episode for season 9.
ABC’s likely going to have to budge on those paychecks because they probably aren’t going to cancel such a successful show and they can’t start filming without the cast.
Other TV news– Brad Paisley’s name is getting thrown around as the next judge to join American Idol. He’s had ties with the show and some of the winners for awhile. He recorded a duet with Carrie Underwood and Scotty McCreary joined him on tour.