'Modern Family' cast going back to work, but salary dispute drags on
The studio canceled a scheduled table read on Tuesday after five of the hit comedy's adult cast members didn't attend. Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara then filed a lawsuit on Wednesday ( Ed O'Neill later joined as well) seeking to get out of their current contracts as they seek sizable raises for Season 4 of the very profitable show.
Negotiations between the actors and 20th Century Fox are still going on, but the actors have agreed to attend a table read Thursday morning, Deadline reports. The site says that despite the hardball tactic of going to court, the actors don't want to hurt a show that has been very good to them, so they'll continue to work while negotiations continue.
The actors are seeking sizable raises over their reported $65,000-per-episode salaries from last season (O'Neill, who's also looking for a pay increase, reportedly earned $105,000 per episode). "Modern Family" was the highest-rated scripted show on TV last season among adults 18-49 (tying with "The Big Bang Theory"). It averaged about 13 million viewers while generating more than $160 million in ad revenue for ABC. It also has a syndication deal in place with USA.