‘Modern Family’ Star Jesse Tyler Ferguson Explains Why a Spin-Off Series Fell Through

Nowadays, it seems like every show is getting either a spin-off or a reboot. Even though Modern Family only ended two years ago, fans have been wondering if the beloved comedy series would ever get the sequel treatment. Unfortunately, a possible spin-off might not be in the cards—as far as ABC is concerned.

While appearing on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (AKA Mitchell) shared there was a spin-off series based on his character and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) in the works. However, ABC decided to scrap the entire project.

“There were discussions,” the actor said. “I think the network decided against it. That's the first time I’ve ever said that.”

So, what made the network decide it was a no-go? According to Ferguson, it seems ABC didn’t want to tamper with the Modern Family universe. “I think they [are] just wondering if this is the right family to tell this story,” he explained. “I think they were—you know, we’d been on for 11 years and I think they were ready to move in a different direction.”

Modern Family aired on ABC for 11 seasons. Created by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan, the comedy series followed one big family living in three households in Los Angeles. The show went on to receive several accolades, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series five years in a row.

In addition, the ABC comedy series took home a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy in 2011. Alongside Ferguson and Stonestreet, the show’s stars included Sofía Vergara, Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Sarah Hyland and more.

Are we the only ones who would’ve loved the idea of a Mitchell and Cam spin-off?!

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Karelle McKay is the Assistant Editor of News and Entertainment at PureWow. Before she started writing about all things pop culture, she was a literal couch potato who loved...