While fans prepare to say goodbye to Modern Family as it heads into its final season, hope springs eternal that the show will live on not only in reruns but spinoffs. Better yet for the fans, this isn’t just a pipe dream.
ABC has been actually pursuing a follow-up, including one focusing on Sarah Hyland’s character and her children. Call it Modern Family: A New Generation. However, that idea may have to go on the back burner for a while.
Is a ‘Modern Family’ spinoff actually happening?
No one has signed on the dotted line, but the network definitely wants a spinoff to happen, according to Deadline. The idea being pitched is a follow-up focusing on Haley’s infant twins with her on-again-off-again significant other Dyan (Reed Ewing.)
“I get smacked down every time I bring it up to (co-creator) Steve Levitan, so I’m going to stay quiet for a little while,” ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said in August. “They’ve just started production on the final season — I was at the first table read last week, which was so great, and I’m going to let them focus on that.”
There’s only one problem with that: E! reported Hyland already has another show booked. She will not only star in but executive produce a show with Emily Gordon of The Big Sick fame. The show has no title as of yet, but it might be about the real-life health struggles both Gordon and Hyland have faced.
What were Sarah Hyland’s health problems?
Hyland has talked openly about these issues, saying she got a kidney transplant from her father to fend off kidney dysplasia. Unfortunately, the situation worsened when her body rejected the kidney. Her brother tried to give her one too, but for a while, that only made the situation worse.
“When a family member gives you a second chance at life, and it fails, it almost feels like it’s your fault. It’s not. But it does,” Hyland said to Self. “For a long time, I was contemplating suicide, because I didn’t want to fail my little brother like I failed my dad.”
Despite this and other health issues, Hyland has recovered and said yes to marrying boyfriend Wells Adams.
As portrayed in The Big Sick, Gordon had started dating Kumail Nanjiani when she fell seriously ill, was hospitalized and placed into a medically-induced coma. Nanjiani starred in and co-wrote the movie with Gordon, who was played by Zoe Kazan. Nanjiani and Gordon have been married since 2007.
Does the new show mean the ‘Modern Family’ spinoff isn’t happening?
With Hyland otherwise engaged, both E! And Deadline note that the proposed Modern Family spinoff would have to wait. We suppose it’s possible that Hyland could pull double duty like Kristen Bell did, working on both The Good Place and a new Hulu season of Veronica Mars — Hyland happened to guest star on the latter.
It’s also possible that Hyland could do the spinoff if the new show doesn’t work out. Even if it doesn’t, Zimbio suggested a few other possibilities. Besides Haley and her new and her even more modern family, these included Phil Dunphy pursuing his real estate business and/or his magic career. (Combining those two somehow might be even wilder.)
But do fans even want a spinoff? Comments on the Deadline piece seemed to suggest no, with one person saying: “Once tv shows run long enough for the kids to have their own babies, and, in this case, for a geriatric character to become a father (Jay /Ed O’Neill), you know the show has jumped the shark.”
At least for now, with nothing confirmed, the best course may be to hope Modern Family goes out on a strong note. The Modern Family premiere is Sept. 25.
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