EXCLUSIVE: Julie Bowen 'Optimistic' About a 'Modern Family' Renewal, Hopes Show Gets 'Satisfying' Ending
By Brice Sander
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Julie Bowen has no idea if Modern Family will be back for a ninth season.
“We have our fingers crossed,” she tells ET. “I feel confident. I’m optimistic about so few things, but I feel like Modern Family I should be optimistic about, because it’s given me so much joy, and I’m sure it’s gonna work out.”
The cast of the ABC hit wrapped production on season eight last week, but there are no deals in place yet for the show to return. Bowen admits it was “bittersweet” to finish filming, not knowing if they would get to do it again.
“To me, it's about what the writers want,” Bowen says. “I want to give everybody the opportunity to wrap it up the way they want to, to tell the stories. Because, it's all about stories! Whether it's one season, or two, to give them an opportunity to go to a story and wrap it up in a satisfying way, I think that that's important, and it honors the characters and the process and all that stuff.”
There are still quite a few episodes left in season eight, though, and Bowen promises they won’t disappoint.
“We have a gun fight -- I mean, a costume gun fight -- an homage to Bonnie and Clyde,” she teases. “We have a graduation, a Rolls-Royce ... the return of Dylan. Oh, boy. That was a hard day to get through. Everything out of that kid's mouth killed me. Everything … He's so funny, and we just laughed so hard. Very funny.”
Modern Family airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. You can also check Bowen's voice out on Disney Channel’s new show, Tangled: The Series. ET caught up with the actress at the premiere of the show, which debuts on Disney Channel on March 24. A special TV movie, Tangled Before Ever After, sets the series’ story in motion on March 10.
“I'm such a late-comer [to Tangled],” Bowen shares. “They did the movie, and they sing, and I don't. I just came in at the last minute to be the mom, and I'm so honored and pleased, but I feel very much like I don't belong here!”