ABC Prepping ‘Modern Family’ Spin-Off

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ABC is in the very early stages of development on a spin-off of their hit comedy series Modern Family.

Deadline is reporting that ABC and Modern Family producer 20th Century Fox Television have had a preliminary meeting regarding a potential spin-off. One of the many concepts being discussed include a series which would follow the character of Gil Thorpe (Rob Riggle), who was introduced last season as the nemesis of Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell). Paul Corrigan, Brad Walsh and Steven Levitan are behind the potential spin-off

The news comes at a time when more networks are pursuing spin-offs of established series; due in no small part to the fact that they are less risky to launch than new series as they come with established audiences. And while Modern Family did see a dip in the ratings for its season premiere, it is still a huge player for ABC, making a spin-off a no-brainer.