ABC’s “Modern Family” was once the toast of the Emmys, winning Best Comedy Series five times (2010-14) from a whopping eight nominations. With increased competition from cable and streaming networks, will the recently concluded ninth season continue the show’s Emmy streak? As a refresher, “Modern Family” is currently tied with “Frasier” at five wins and eight nominations. Only four comedies in Emmy history earned more than eight series bids — “All in the Family” (9), “Cheers” (11) and “M*A*S*H” (11) — so “Modern Family” is hoping to join that esteemed list this year.
Created by Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd and produced by 20th Century Fox TV, “Modern Family” broke boundaries for its storylines of inclusion and acceptance. In the wake of sister company Fox News’ right-wing reporting, Levitan recently announced that he would be leaving Fox after “Modern Family” ends. “I’m disgusted to work at a company that has anything whatsoever to do with @FoxNews. This bulls*** is the opposite of what #ModernFamily stands for,” he tweeted.
“Modern Family” currently sits pretty at 80 Emmy nominations and 22 wins after eight seasons, including six victories for its actors. Ty Burrell prevailed as Best Comedy Supporting Actor in 2011 and 2014, Julie Bowen earned back-to-back trophies for Best Comedy Supporting Actress in 2011 and 2012, and Eric Stonestreet won Comedy Supporting Actor in 2010 and 2012. The other adult series regulars — Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara and Jesse Tyler Ferguson — were nominated throughout the years, but weren’t able to prevail.
As for the all-important writing and directing Emmy races, “Modern Family” won a pair of trophies for scribes Levitan and Lloyd (2010) and Levitan & Jeffrey Richman (2011), and it prevailed four consecutive times for directors Michael Spiller (2011), Levitan (2012) and Gail Mancuso (2013-14). Could the show make a comeback in the writing/directing categories this year after missing out in the past several Emmy cycles? It has submitted two episodes each on the writing ballot (“Ten Years Later” and “Wine Weekend”) and the directing ballot (“Mother” and “The Escape”).
Currently none of Gold Derby’s Emmy Experts predict that “Modern Family” will earn Emmy nomination #9 for Best Comedy Series. Instead, they think these seven laffers will be nominated: “Atlanta,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Black-ish,” “Silicon Valley,” “Will and Grace,” “GLOW” and “Barry.” (See more Emmy odds and rankings from our Experts.) TV’s reigning three-time champ in this category, “Veep,” did not air any new episodes within the 2017-18 eligibility period, so its Emmy title is up for grabs.
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