- Title: The 'Modern Family' cast premiere their season finale
- Date: 5th May 2017
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (MAY 3, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** CO-CREATOR STEVEN LEVITAN ON PRESS LINE (SOUNDBITE) (English) CO-CREATOR, STEVEN LEVITAN, SAYING: "I'm confident we'll be back. I think all signs are good. I know the writers want to come back, the cast want to come back, the network studio wants us to come back so I'm sure we'll figure a way to make it work." ACTRESSES JULIE BOWEN AND ARIEL WINTER DOTE ON CO-STAR NOLAN GOULD (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTRESS, JULIE BOWEN, SAYING: "Well this year we obviously at this point we don't have a closed contract so it's definitely more of a question - is this the last? I have confidence and faith that we will have another season and that will be very emotional and we'll probably close ranks and do some quiet sobbing because who wants to say goodbye to your family? Nobody. I would do this until I dropped dead but at the same time it's really up to the writers about what stories they have to tell." ACTRESS SOFIA VERGARA (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTRESS, SOFIA VERGARA, SAYING: "You know, even when I go as a tourist to go and see people everywhere in the world... I've been to Japan, I've been in Europe, I've been in South America and everybody acknowledges 'Modern Family' and comes to me like 'Gloria' so it's very exciting." (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTRESS, JULIE BOWEN, SAYING: "I have friends who will send me pictures saying 'I'm in South Africa, I'm in Nigeria' and they're in front of a billboard with me like, you know, as Claire Dunphy. And I'm like 'That's there? That's real?' Those things are just bizarre because I 100 per cent go to the grocery store and most of the time am left utterly undisturbed so to think that I'm on a billboard in Nigeria... it's like really? Crazy."
- Embargoed: 19th May 2017 02:13
- Keywords: season finale comedy Ariel Winter Julie Bowen Ty Burrell Sofia Vergara Modern Family
- Location: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES; UNIDENTIFIED FILMING LOCATIONS
- City: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES; UNIDENTIFIED FILMING LOCATIONS
- Country: USA
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Television
- Reuters ID: LVA0036FK87KD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hit American television show 'Modern Family', which is widely distributed globally, held the season finale of its eighth season at a special screening in North Hollywood on Wednesday (May 3).
Cast members Sofia Vergara, Eric Stonestreet, Ariel Winter, Ty Burrell all turned out on the red carpet with confidence, despite not knowing whether the program would be brought back for a ninth season.
However, the show's co-creator Steven Levitan admitted on the carpet he was "confident" the show would return as all parties involved wanted it to happen.
'Modern Family' is a fly-on-the-wall comedy and follows the intertwined eccentric members of the Dunphy and Pritchett families. The series is part documentary with characters talking to the camera and part straight comedy.
The show has been syndicated internationally and has even been remade in territories like Chile and Greece.
Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cameron, one half of the gay couple offshoot of the family, said the show's success had a lot to do with the casting.
"We all just like each other. There's no drama," he said. "You'll notice they've never been able to say 'There's drama on the 'Modern Family' set' and there's the reason because there is nothing because we just go to work and do our best to make people laugh."
The season 8 finale hits US television screens on May 17.
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