Fox Was 'Emboldened' to Revive 'Last Man Standing' After 'Roseanne' Reboot Exploded

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"'Last Man Standing" ended too soon and the outcry from the fans has been deafening", Walden and Newman said, according to Variety.

"Obviously everyone took a good hard look at the performance of (that show)", said Walden, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Tim Allen will be back on TV as his sitcom Last Man Standing, which was canceled by ABC a year ago, moves to Fox's fall schedule. The drama stars Rachelle Lefevre ("Under the Dome", "A Gifted Man"), Vincent Kartheiser ("Mad Men"), Russell Hornsby ("Seven Seconds", "Grimm"), Brian d'Arcy James ("13 Reasons Why", "Spotlight") and Tony Award victor Nikki M. James ("BrainDead", "The Good Wife", "The Book of Mormon").

"We tried to move "Last Man Standing" over previous year when ABC decided not to move forward", she said. It's a really amusing show ... "We were emboldened by the response that we saw for 'Roseanne.' We saw it as an opportunity to pair those two shows together on Friday night".


Fox announced late last week that it was picking up the Tim Allen-helmed comedy after ABC cancelled it previous year, and the move had much to do with "Roseanne" as it did to do with its star. Last Man Standing has been picked up by Fox after it was cancelled past year.

The decision to give Brooklyn 99 the ax stemmed from Fox's new Friday night lineup, which the network looks to fill with more new shows. Thanks to its millions of devoted viewers and the irrepressible Tim Allen, we haven't seen the last of "Last Man Standing'".

Called the "perfect sitcom for the Donald Trump era", Last Man Standing was one of the only shows on TV featuring a right-wing/conservative point of view, and some believe that this may have been the reason for its cancellation, since its ratings were decent throughout its run.

"I'm not sure that cancellation really had anything to do with politics", he said. The show never really delved deeply into political views.


This is the week that broadcasters traditionally announce their schedules for the coming season to advertisers in NY, and while they hope to draw attention - and advertising dollars - to their shiny new shows, for viewers whose shows won't be back, it can be a sad time.

The decision to bring back Last Man Standing was made easier by the success of ABC's Roseanne reboot, which some attribute in part to its star's support of President Trump. However, he didn't believe the lasting success behind "Last Man Standing" was exclusively based on Baxter's conservative values.

"He feels very much like a Fox character, and he and Jerrod (Carmichael) produced a really amusing and appealing pilot". Not so lucky: Last Man on Earth, which Fox canceled, along with The Mick, Lucifer, and The Exorcist. Oh, has it only been one year? "Well, just goes to show you - a lot can happen in a year".

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