If you think Modern Family’s been on for-freakin’-ever, you’re not wrong. The show already has eight seasons and was recently renewed by ABC for two more seasons after that. But even Emmy-winning shows must end someday, and according to Modern Family co-creator/executive producer Steve Levitan, the end is near. In an interview with Deadline, Levitan got candid about when and how Modern Family will end.

First, Levitan basically confirmed Modern Family will conclude after 10 seasons. He said a decade was not the original goal he and fellow co-creator Christopher Lloyd (no, not that one) had in mind — not until they realized it was possible, at least.

“Our original goal was to just stay on the air,” Levitan said. “But after awhile we though we may be in control our own fate, and 10 sounded like a nice round number.”

Ten seasons is certainly an impressive run. Other hit sitcoms like Friendsand Happy Days also capped off their success off at 10 seasons. Others. though, have kept going even longer — The Big Bang Theory is in its 11th season, and is already planning Season 12.

Of course, having children as some of the main characters on the show does put more of a timeline on things — this season Alex was off at college, and we have to assume Hayley, Luke, and Manny will also move out eventually.

NOLAN GOULD, RICO RODRIGUEZ, ARIEL WINTER, AUBREY ANDERSON-EMMON MODERN FAMILY – “The Graduates” – In the season finale, Manny's father, Javier (guest-star Benjamin Bratt), shows up for his graduation and takes him out on a wild night of celebration, and then Jay steps in to pick-up the pieces. Meanwhile, the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan is getting ready for Luke and Manny's big day and dealing with the emotions that come with seeing your kids grow up and leave the nest.

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Though he didn’t have specifics, Levitan did drop some hints on where the final season of Modern Family will leave the Dunphys and Pritchetts.

Levitan said,

We haven’t had that exact conversation yet how we want to end the show episode-wise. We’ve talked about areas that we want to go and tonally what we want to do. I think we will end the show the way we started it in the pilot, with a big family event.

He didn’t elaborate on what that “family event” might be. The family event in the pilot episode was Cameron and Mitchell introducing their newly adopted daughter, Lily, to the family, so it might be fitting to have the family come together around Lily again. But I’m just spit-balling here.

Levitan said he and Lloyd also considering ending the show on a death or a crazy twist, so let’s just all keep praying that doesn’t happen. I don’t think I could handle it if Jay dies.


Modern Family co-creator confirms how show will end, says season 10 will ‘likely’ be the last


Modern Family co-creator Steven Levitan has confirmed plans to end the series with its tenth season.

ABC renewed the long-running sitcom for two more seasons in May bringing its overall count to ten – the same number Friendsran for – with Levitan telling Deadline that sounds “…like a nice round number.”

He even went so far as to express how he plans to wrap the series with co-writer Christopher Lloyd.

“We haven’t had that exact conversation yet how we want to end the show episode-wise. We’ve talked about areas that we want to go and tonally what we want to do.”

He added that, after considering ending the show with a shock death or twist, they will ultimately “…end the show the way we started it in the pilot, with a big family event,”

Modern Family – which began in 2009 – follows the stories of different members of the Pritchett family including Jay (Ed O’Neill), wife Gloria (Sofia Vergara), daughter Claire (Julie Bowen), son Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and sons-in-law Phil (Ty Burrell) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet).

Cameras are now rolling on season nine and Levitan confirmed that the tenth run will be mapped out during the latest season’s second half.

Over its eight years on the air, Modern Family has won 22 Emmy awards, five of which were for Outstanding Comedy Series for its first five seasons.


‘Modern Family’ Co-Creator Steve Levitan On When & How ABC Comedy Will End

After lengthy negotiations, ABC in May renewed Modern Family for two more seasons, taking the Emmy-winning comedy’s run to ten seasons. That will likely be the show’s final chapter, according to co-creator/executive producer Steve Levitan.

While a 10-year run was not something he and fellow co-creator Christopher Lloyd had envisioned from the get-go, it had been a milestone they had been building toward for the last few years. “Our original goal was to just stay on the air,” he told Deadline during ABC’s TCA party. “After awhile though, we felt we may be in control our own fate, and 10 sounded like a nice round number.” And while they could conceivably go beyond 10 seasons if asked to, Levitan said that he fully expects that the show will end with Season 10.

As for how exactly Modern Family will end, “We haven’t had that exact conversation yet how we want to end the show episode-wise,” Levitan said, adding that those discussions will start in earnest as the writers start mapping out the second part of the current ninth season. “We’ve talked about areas that we want to go and tonally what we want to do.”

He said that he and his team have bounced around different scenarios — ending the show with a death, in the vein of the shocking Season 3 finale of M*A*S*H*, or with a twist, like Newhart. Ultimately, “I think we will end the show the way we started it in the pilot, with a big family event,” Levitan said, declining to elaborate what that event might be.

The Modern Family pilot followed the stories of the different Pritchett families which did not intersect until they all got together in the final scene to celebrate the arrival of Cameron and Mitchell’s adopted baby daughter from Vietnam.

Modern Family just started filming on Season 9, with 13 episodes already broken by the writers. The Season 8 season finale centered on Manny and Luke’s high school graduation. In the new season, Manny is off to college while Luke is taking a gap year. With Levitan’s son also in college, he has plenty of stories to draw on.



Rachel Griffiths throws support behind bid to end modern slavery

Child slavery victim Sophea Touch with actor Rachel Griffiths.

As a nation, we need to be better educated about the illegal trade happening in our own backyard, award-winning actor Rachel Griffiths says.

The star of iconic Australian film Muriel’s Wedding, as well as hit TV series Six Feet Under and Brothers & Sisters, has thrown her support behind a push to bring in new laws stopping slavery.

Actor’s advocacy past:

  • In 1997 Griffiths flashed her breasts at the opening of Crown casino, reportedly saying the venue was “raping our state of dignity”
  • Griffiths joins women and children’s rights group Hagar Australia as its patron in 2012
  • She was credited with being an early supporter in a move to cancel passports of convicted sex offenders
  • In 2015, Griffiths spoke out about the history of abuse at a Melbourne church which was destroyed by fire

She appeared in Melbourne on Wednesday as part of an inquiry looking at whether UK laws to stop modern slavery could be put in place in Australia.

The laws would include requirements for businesses to report on how they have stamped out modern slavery from their global supply chains.

Griffiths, who appeared as a patron of child protection organisation Hagar Australia, said an estimated 45 million people were trapped in slavery around the world.

“Human beings should never be treated as commodities,” she said.

“It’s astounding that so many still believe that slavery is a horror of the past, that it’s been nobly all but eradicated by an enlightened and globalised world.

“The truth is that there are more people in slavery today than any other time in history.

“It’s the second biggest illicit trade behind drugs on our planet. It’s happening mostly in our region. It’s happening via international criminal networks, it permeates labour from sex work to fishing to construction to domestic services.”

Child exploitation fears drive push to outlaw ‘orphanage tourism’

It could become a crime to organise trips for Australians to visit orphanages in countries like Cambodia.

Griffiths, who has spoken out in the past against child sex abuse and gambling, said change needed come from all quarters.

“We as a nation need to fully understand who these players are, how they operate and what mechanisms we have to thwart their operations,” she said.

“I feel very positively that we can make, as Australians and individual consumers, a considerable impact.

“It’s closer to home than many of us ever believed. It’s a shocking truth that slavery-like practices are being employed by suspect operators here in Australia.

“Not every business can see the edge transparency gives them in an ethically competitive market.

“We do believe in order to make such practices the norm, government, business civil society and media must join forces to enact and support a modern slavery act.”

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VIDEO: Modern slavery in Australia “hidden in plain sight” (7.30)

Orphanage tourism must stop, Griffiths says

Sophea Touch, a victim of child slavery from Cambodia, told the hearing she was forced into work after she was removed from her family at the age of four.

Ms Touch broke down as she recounted how she was forced to sell cakes as a child at villages and was beaten or starved if she did not sell enough.

“I wanted to be like other children that they could go to school, have friends, [be] loved,” she said.

“Every day I lived with fear because I had to sell all the cakes.”

She said she moved from family to family and continually faced violence.

Ms Touch said she tried to end her own life twice before she found Hagar. She said her life turned around when she was placed with a new family and given a support counsellor.

“I felt so hopeless because I thought there was not any other better ways for me,” she said.

“[Now] I have mum and I have dad.

“They loved and cared for me. That, I have never received before.”

Griffiths said Australian organisations needed to understand how orphanage tourism impacts countries like Cambodia.

“Australian organisations such as schools, universities, communities, sport and faith-based groups need to become better educated about the orphanage economy, the negative outcomes for children that our engagement is causing,” she said.

“Vulnerable children should not be visited by Australians who lack protection, training and skills to engage appropriately with children who have experienced trauma.

“Parents living in poverty should not be incentivised to break


Texas Senate readies to pass bathroom bill and others by end of week

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick presides over the Texas Senate on the second day of a special session ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, in Austin, Texas, Wednesday, July 19, 2017.Click through our gallery that details some of the things you should know about the 'bathroom bill'... Photo: Eric Gay, STF / The Advocate

An early morning start had the Texas Senate on track to pass out all 20 of Gov. Greg Abbott’s priority items by the end of the second week of the session.

After a rare midnight session Thursday and a weekend of around the clock committee meetings, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, had dozens of bills primed to be heard on the Senate floor over the next three days starting at 9 a.m. Monday. That includes bills dealing with highly controversial issues like abortion, transgender bathroom policies, school vouchers and tree ordinances.

DEBATE: 10 hours of public testimony in Austin over ‘Bathroom Bill’

But while the Senate plows through the agenda with Patrick’s promise to pass all of them by week’s end, the prospects of each in the House remains in doubt. House Speaker Joe Straus and the House met for less than 2 hours all of last week and have yet to pass out the one bill considered must pass — a bill reauthorizing the Texas Medical Board and four other agencies. That bill cleared the Senate early Thursday morning.

Though “bathroom bills” targeting transgender people fizzled in deep-red states across the U.S., the issue continues to be white hot in Texas. The Legislature is heading into special session prepared to revive it, and conservative groups are vowing revenge on Republican lawmakers who don’t approve it.

Media: WochIt Media

The Legislature’s regular session ended in May, but Abbott forced lawmakers back into a 30-day special session to restore the Texas Medical Board and the other boards. But he said last week that if he was going to call the lawmakers back, he was going to make it count.

OPPOSITION: Turner tells lawmakers ‘bathroom bill’ tries to solve non-existent problem

That has meant adding 19 other items to the special session call that are mostly celebrated by conservative groups, such as the bathroom bill, which would bar schools and local governments from enacting transgender bathroom policies and instead give the state full authority to set the rules. On Friday, a Senate committee overwhelming passed a bill that would require all people to use the bathroom of the sex that is listed on their birth certificates.

That legislation and other controversial items had hundreds of people filling the Texas Capitol over the last seven days, mostly in protest against the conservative agenda that Abbott has lined out.



Salvias are fantastic to drop into borders to fill gaps after earlier flowers such as lupins and poppies have faded. Due to their long flowering periods they’re perfect for jazzing up clumps of asters, anemones. Half of them come from Asia and Europe and these include largely shrubby and herbaceous types, but the other half of the species come mainly from South and Central America and it’s these that are the most useful for late displays, even though many are not fully hardy. Most of these salvias grow best in rich, fertile soils in full sun and thrive in warm, sheltered positions.

Once established, they rarely need extra watering. The tender kinds make great potted, patio plants that can be moved into a cold greenhouse in winter or used as late bedding plants. Keep them rather dry in winter and cut them back to just above soil level in spring. All are easy to grow from stem cuttings taken in summer to enable them to be overwintered as small plants. Hardy types such as S. uliginosa can be lifted and split in spring.

FACT: There are 900 salvia species that are native to mostregions of the northern hemisphere and South America. Among the most famous are the common or herb sage Salvia officinalis and Salvia hispanica, the source of chia seeds.




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