Some may say thatÂ Modern Family is the funniest show on television.
But there will be nothing funny about one of the upcoming storylines on Season 10 of the beloved ABC program.
According toÂ co-creator Christopher Lloyd, the first half of the upcoming season will feature a significant character death.
That’s certainly something new for the series.
âWeâre handling some bigger life events in this season,â Lloyd told Entertainment Weekly today, adding as a tease:
âWe do deal with a death, which is certainly a topic that families have to deal with, and on television, itâs not easy to do because thatâs a heavy subject. But at the same time, it would seem unusual for a family not to go through it.”
As you might expect, Lloyd isn’t about to divulge the identity of the corpse.
But he does say that it will âsignificant character on the seriesâ and the death âwill be a moving event – and an event that has repercussions across several episodes.â
Modern Family stars Ed OâNeill, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland, Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould and Aubrey Anderson-Emmon.
It has maintained the same cast throughout its duration on the air.
It also set a record by winning five straightÂ Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy Awards.
The sitcom is heading into its final contractual season, meaning this very well could be the show’s final season.
Lloyd, however, hopes this won’t be the case.
“Thereâs goodwill on both sides to make it happen, but thereâs also complicated matters that have to get worked through, and thereâs a time constraint on it, because we canât have it take too long,â he says.Â
âIâm hoping that that doesnât make the whole thing go away, but I think thereâs a decent chance weâll see it happen.”
Lloyd continued as follows:
“From our standpoint creatively weâve gotten excited writing this season and changing the lives of the characters – some in a significant way – and itâs made us think, âWow, thereâs a lot to explore in the lives of these characters.â
“Theyâre in many ways such different characters than they were five or 10 years ago when we started and theyâre just as interesting and just as funny. So our standpoint was, âWell, if we can do another season, we may as well.’
“Iâm hoping that we have some news on that [soon], and if it winds up that we tried and just couldnât make it work, we will have a great final season for sure.”
Modern Family Season 10 premieres on Wednesday, September 26 at 9/8c.
Our best guess is that Phil’s father, played by the amazing Fred Willard, is the one who kicks the proverbial bucket.
As for what else fans can expect from upcoming episodes?
He told EW the following:
“There is a significant change in the dynamics of the family that people maybe thought was going to happen at some point down the line that is happening sooner than expected.”