'Modern Family' Table Read Canceled Over Salary Dispute

Tim Kenneally & Tim Molloy
The WrapJuly 24, 2012
'Modern Family' Cast Sues to Void Contracts in Salary Dispute

"Modern Family" canceled a table read after its cast rejected the latest salary offer from 20th Century Fox television.

The offer would have given Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara $150,000 per episode and a $50,000 bonus per episode for the upcoming fourth season, and $200,000 for the fifth season, a person familiar with the negotiations told TheWrap.

20th Television and ABC declined to comment.

The stakes are high for one of television's most-loved comedies: The two-time Emmy winner for Outstanding Comedy Series is ABC's top-rated show and is tied for television's fifth highest-rated show overall, averaging 7.1 million viewers in they key 18-49 demo and 10.5 million total viewers.

"Modern Family" has also helped ABC launch other shows, including the midseason hit "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23."

Pamela Chelin contributed to this story.

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