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'Modern Family' cast return to work after suing producers

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The Modern Family cast have reportedly agreed to begin work on the ABC show's fourth season after deciding to sue producers earlier this week.

Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara boycotted a table read on Tuesday (July 24) and launched a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox TV after joint negotiations for a pay rise fell apart.

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However, the actors have now committed to a table read today (July 26) as a goodwill gesture, even though there has been no progress in the dispute.

According to Deadline, they are still believed to be seeking a salary of $200,000 (£129,000) an episode by arguing in the lawsuit that their current contracts violate California's '7 Year Rule', which prohibits personal services contracts for longer than seven years.

They are said to have previously rejected an offer of $150,000 (£96,000) an episode with annual pay rises that would potentially see them all on $325,000 (£209,000) an episode by season nine.

Fellow Modern Family star Ed O'Neill was not originally part of the lawsuit due to his higher wage and separate negotiations, but has signed on as a plaintiff to show solidarity with his colleagues.

Vergara was recently named as TV's highest-paid actress, with a series of endorsements helping her earn $19m (£12m) between May 2011 and May 2012.

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