The high-profile "Modern Family"battle over pay between several key actors and the studio producing television's No. 1 comedy will be resolved, ABC's entertainment chief said Friday.
"I expect the season to start on time," ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee told television writers at the Television Critics Assn. gathering in Beverly Hills. "We are in the middle of negotiations, and we are hopeful and optimistic that we will be able to resolve it."
The salary dispute exploded earlier this week when several of the actors -- Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell -- failed to show up for a table read and promptly filed a lawsuit, claiming their contracts are illegal.
Lee said Friday that the show's cast has since performed the reading. The show, which is headed into the fourth season, is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and ABC.