Warning! The following contains spoilers for the Modern Family series finale. Read at your own risk!
Modern Family has concluded, but it's been no secret for quite a while that this may not necessarily be the end of the road for all characters. ABC has been candid about being open to a spinoff featuring one or more characters, and co-creators Steve Levitan and Chris Lloyd aren't denying that there have been discussions about a spinoff happening at some point.
Both creators made it clear that it's far too early for specific plot details or ideas to be shared, but Chris Lloyd did tell THR that this wouldn't be a single character spinoff scenario. Lloyd explained his thought is to do a spinoff with multiple characters, and explained the fine line between creating a spinoff that's not quite the original show, but also not so far removed either.
As Chris Lloyd said above, the goal of a spinoff (for now anyway) would be to create a show that isn't just Modern Family 2.0, but also isn't so radically different it doesn't feel like Modern Family. That sounds like a complicated line to walk, though the analogy between Cheers and Frasier shows that Lloyd and Steve Levitan aren't looking to go quite that far. More familiar characters would, potentially, help keep that Modern Family feel, while still granting freedom to introduce new characters and a new story.
Modern Family viewers could make their guesses towards whose story would continue, though even Chris Lloyd admitted that's a tough decision for them as well. In fact, there's temptation on his end to do stories for every character, though Lloyd talked about the potential risk in doing so as well.
So, what can Modern Family fans gather from this? It appears that if a spinoff happens, it will pick up with one of the families of Modern Family. That means either following Cam and Mitchell to the midwest, Claire and Phil in adjusting to an empty nest, or maybe even Hayley or Dylan. Given Alex's move to Switzerland, Manny's film career, and Luke going to University of Oregon, they probably won't be the focus of the spinoff. Then again, talks are still early, and who knows if ABC, Steve Levitan or Chris Lloyd will change their minds on what a spinoff premise may be along the way?
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