Spinoff in the Works for One of TV's Most Popular Sitcoms Deadline
One of the top comedy series on television may get a spinoff. Deadline.com reports that 20th Century Fox TV and ABC are discussing a potential spinoff for ABC's "Modern Family," which just won a fourth consecutive Emmy for outstanding comedy series.
Discussions are in the early stages and many ideas are in contention, the story reports, noting that one idea is for a show to be built around Rob Riggle, who appeared in two episodes last season as Gil Thorpe, a rival real estate agent to Phil Dunphy.
"Thorpe is abrasive and has a penchant for inserting his name in words, like 'Thorpedoed' and 'Gil Pickles,'" the piece reports.
The idea is being developed by "Modern Family" executive producers Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh, who wrote one of the two episodes featuring Riggle last season.
"Modern Family" co-creator and executive producer Christopher Lloyd will likely continue with the main series, although co-creator Steve Levitan may have some involvement with the spinoff, the report adds.