In the age of the spinoff (Fuller House, Better Call Saul), it seems that, as ABC’s Modern Family starts to wind down, that a spinoff may be on the horizon for fans of the long running show.
Although nothing is official yet, Steve Levitan, and Christopher Lloyd, the show-runners of Modern Family, has floated the idea of the spinoff just as they celebrate the show’s 200th episode this week. Modern Family has the title of being ABC’s longest running comedy, currently in their ninth season.
Season 10 is set to be the show’s last, and the idea of a spinoff was virtually unheard of when the show debuted back in 2009. But due to the show’s large cast, it is not difficult to imagine many entertaining directions that a spinoff could take. While Lloyd is enthusiastic about the idea of a Modern Family spinoff, Levitan has a few reservations: “Our plan is to end it at 10 [seasons]. If we can leave with most of our audience wanting more, I think that’s the right way to do it. Never say never, but I just can’t imagine that we’d go past that.”
Apparently ABC considered a spinoff in 2013, but quickly relinquished the idea because they felt that the storyline just wasn’t solid enough. Levitan and Lloyd admitted in their interview that they haven’t had “substantive conversations” about a spinoff, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t going to happen. Not by a long shot. Especially given the popularity of spinoffs of popular shows that fans just don’t want to die, these days.
Levitan is also pursuing other projects, in anticipation of the end of the show’s tenth season. He is directing and producing a new Fox series La to Vegas. If the show does not follow up with a spinoff following the tenth seasons close, it can still be said that Levitan and Lloyd have left the show as one of the most iconic family comedies ever before. But still… we’d miss it.