The Modern Family Season 11 finale will air Wednesday, April 8 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on ABC. The descriptions for the final two episodes of the series reads, “Mitchell and Cam start to adjust to their new normal; Phil and Claire came up with a plan so they can take control of the house again; Gloria notices that Manny, Joy and Joe does not need her as much as before; The whole family deals with saying goodbye.” The last two episodes will air back-to-back until 10 p.m. ET, totaling an hour.
The series finale will be preceded at 8 p.m. ET by a special tribute titled A Modern Farewell, which celebrates 11 years of television success.
“We tried to balance the right level of comedy and emotion that our show has always done — perhaps leaning with a slightly bigger dollop of emotion than usual, which seemed fitting here,” co-creator Steve Levitan told EW ahead of the finale. “But we still wanted to tell funny stories and not get too maudlin about things. There’s some nice comedy right to the end… We knew the audience was going to have to say goodbye to these characters, and we wanted them to have that cathartic experience.”
ABC Announced Last Year That Season 11 Would be the Last
Modern Family premiered in 2009 and stars Ed O’Neill, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Nolan Gould, Ariel Winter and Rico Rodriguez. ABC announced back in February 2019 that the Emmy-winning family comedy was renewed for one final season and will not be returning following the Season 11 finale.
“For 10 years, our characters have bravely faced turning points in life and moved through them to great personal enrichment. We have chosen a different path by doing one more season of Modern Family,” series creator Christopher Lloyd said after news of the cancellation surfaced. Co-creator Steve Levitan jokingly added, “Even after 10 years together, we realized there are still some things our writers don’t yet know about each other’s sex lives.”
It’s unclear exactly why the showrunners decided to end the popular mockumentary-style sitcom after 11 successful seasons; however, according to Express, the network originally planned to end the show after ten seasons, but decided to extend it out for one last season to wrap up a few storylines and give fans some extra closure.
Modern Family Has Won a Plethora of Emmys, Golden Globes & Screen Actors Guild Awards Over the Years
Over the last decade, Modern Family was nominated for 22 Emmys, winning 5 altogether for “Outstanding Comedy Series.” The show also won a Golden Globe for “Best TV Series: Comedy or Musical,” as well as four Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Peabody Award and two GLAAD Media Awards, according to IMDb.
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