Modern Family

ABC's "Modern Family" stars Reid Ewing as Dylan Marshall, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Jeremy Maguire as Joe Pritchett, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Sofía Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado, and Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett. (ABC/Jill Greenberg)

After 11 years, the hit sitcom “Modern Family” is calling it quits.

Talking with members of the media, the cast had plenty to say about their experiences and what they will do next.

Ending a long-running series has always been a nice way to wrap up the storylines, however, in the past many networks have been criticized for how they ended their shows.

When Executive Producer Steve Levitan was asked about ending the show after this season, he replied, “We didn't really know from an early point. It sort of depended on which season we ended it on. Had we ended it last season, I think then it would have probably revolved around the birth of the new babies. But since we went past that point, we were in uncharted territory. So it's something that we had been thinking about for about a year and a half once we knew we were going into season 11. The writing staff, we talked about it all the time, potential places that we could end it so that we can build some things in that lead to that nicely.”

Jesse Tyler Ferguson reminisced a little.

“The pilot, for me and probably for all of us, really is a moment in history that I think I will always remember," Ferguson said. "I will always remember meeting this group of people for the first time. We all auditioned at separate times, and we were put together in separate rooms throughout the city. But the first time we all came together for a table read in preparation for the big network table-read for the pilot, it was like an immediate connection.”

The cast expressed gratitude for having had the opportunity to work with this group and crew, and have amazing storylines.

“For me,” said Sofia Vergara, “it was a gift to land a show like ‘Modern Family,’ because I never thought that I was going to be able, sounding like this, be able to get a job that was so successful, being seen all over the world, with a cast so amazing. To be able to get all the opportunities that I got, to be able to expand my brand and do all the business things that I wanted, it was all a gift to me. I am super sad that it's ending, but, of course, looking for the next thing, like everybody else.”

She voiced concern that she might never find anything as good as this series.

“This show does kind of ruin you, though,” said Ty Burrell. I think everybody is going to go on to do all kinds of great stuff, but this show really does kind of ruin you. The people, the quality of the material, the hours, frankly everything about it, it's going to make it hard to follow this job.”

So what made this series such a long-running hit?

“It's an incredible alchemy of just elements coming together,” explained Levitan. “It's a rare thing. The old cliché of lightning in a bottle, but it just so rarely happens that the right characters are created and the right actors come along to play those characters, and then the right writers come along to help bring those characters to life and further deepen those relationships. The time was right. There's something to me, it's probably not a coincidence that ‘Modern Family’ was largely a show the majority of the show existed during a time where things felt a little bit happier in the world. And I think that it just was all these different elements came together, and that's a rare thing.”

The series farewell episode airs Wednesday on ABC.