Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Fox to add Tim Allen's 'Last Man Standing' to fall lineup

Fox to add Tim Allen's 'Last Man Standing' to fall lineup

Gary Newman and Dana Walden, chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, said the show "ended too soon" and that the calls for its revival from fans "has been deafening".

"He and Jerrod produced a really amusing and appealing pilot, and we thought our Sunday night, young, somewhat male-leaning audience would be a great opportunity for it". The six-season long Last Man Standing, on the other hand, routinely delivered around 8 million viewers on a weekly basis. And then later on in the conversation: Why'd you rescue Last Man Standing?

Walden said the opportunity to revive "Last Man Standing" was a no-brainer. It did so well and it certainly did remind us that we have a huge, iconic comedy star in our Fox family. It's a really amusing show. In other words, a revived Tim Allen may really be the new revived Roseanne Barr, and things are gonna be messy.

The network has ground to make up in ratings: Fox is averaging 5 million viewers in prime time this season, down 17 percent from 6 million past year. We always wondered how it would do if it was given a better opportunity and prioritized more in terms of a network's agenda.

"Obviously I think everyone took a good hard look at the performance of Roseanne". "And, you know, 'Roseanne" certainly confirmed that".

"Last Man Standing" tells the story of a married father of three who tries to maintain his manliness in a world often dominated by women. He said it had more to do with ABC not owning the program. He also disputed the notion that Allen's unwavering support of Donald Trump was a reason ABC chose to remove the show from its lineup.

Tim Allen's personal political beliefs don't overshadow "Last Man Standing", say Fox execs.

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The demise of "Last Man" on ABC previous year spurred much chatter that it the decision was influenced by Allen's conservative political views, which made the show a favorite among red-state demos.

Speaking of Fox, the network revealed its Fall 2018-2019 schedule on Monday. "[His character] Mike Baxter is a centrist [and] doesn't have extreme political views".

"I don't think the show delves into it very deeply", Newman said. It wasn't really about that. "We think its a amusing show and audience responded to it... and we thought there was an opportunity there for us particularly after adding Thursday Night Football".

Ultimately, NBC won out, announcing that they would bring the series back for a sixth season. However, he didn't believe the lasting success behind "Last Man Standing" was exclusively based on Baxter's conservative values.

"Rel Howery is really a breakout comic star. From time to time, there may be a moment on the show that deals with current politics, but it doesn't feel like a soapbox for any particular point of view". A year ago, ABC axed "Last Man Standing", which had attracted more than 8.3 million viewers.

Fox's addition of an NFL "Thursday Night Football" game this fall means there's less need for new scripted shows.

Allen tweeted news of the Fox reboot on May 11.

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