It looks like the cast of Modern Family is pulling a Friends -- the dysfunctional sitcom family is apparently asking for more money, as season three comes to a close (on air).
The adult cast members (Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara) are planning to ask series producer 20th Television for a pay raise, multiple sources told The Hollywood Reporter.
For season three's 22 episodes, all (but Ed O'Neill and the kids) made $65,000 per episode. O'Neill cashed in some $105,000 per episode, but is apparently on the fence to join this contract renegotiation battle. THR reports that the cast could ask for as much as $200,000 per episode when season four starts.
It's going to get ugly, a source revealed to THR.
Modern Family has been one of ABC's best products in recent years, pulling in more than 13 million viewers each week. Beyond high ratings, the sitcom has also collected numerous awards, including 11 Primetime Emmys, 5 Writers Guilds, 2 Screen Actors Guilds, 2 Director's Guilds and 3 Television Critic Awards. In January, the show picked up the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series -- Musical or Comedy.
Before lashing out at the Modern Family salary news, remember the cast of Friends and their famous pay raise? After taking a united front (and Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer allegedly taking pay cuts), all six Friends earned $1 million per episode (that's per Friend) in the show's final two years.
As fans of Modern Family patiently wait for news on the future of the Dunphys and the Pritchetts, here's a look at five other TV shows that asked for more money.