Could the Last Man Standing revival really be happening? It's beginning to appear so. ABC, rather surprisingly, canceled the hit Tim Allen series last year after six seasons. Since then, Allen and the producers have tried to find a new home for the series and it looks like they may well have done just that, with Fox now said to be eyeing a revival of Last Man Standing. Fox has yet to comment on the matter, but the star took to Twitter to make it clear these talks are indeed happening.
"They heard all your voices people!! LMS just might be a reality. Keep it up. Who wants more #LastManStanding ?"
At the time of its cancellation, Last Man Standing was the second-highest rated comedy on ABC, trailing only Modern Family. That made the decision to cancel it rather surprising to many. Tim Allen's contract was up and would have needed to be renegotiated heading into season 7, which is reportedly part of the reason ABC decided not to renew. According to ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey, the network had to pay a large licensing fee to 20th Century Fox Television, who in part own the series. So it came down to a matter of financials.
However, Tim Allen has been vocal in blaming his right-wing politics, which were reflected in Last Man Standing, for the cancellation. He even at one point said, "You get beat up if don't believe what everybody believes. This is like '30s Germany. I don't know what happened," when discussing being a conservative in Hollywood. Allen has also voiced his support for President Trump, even attending his inauguration. ABC has never said that the show's politics led to their decision to cancel the series. Allen, speaking last year, expressed what he wanted Last Man Standing to be and why he was disappointed in ABC's decision to cancel it.
"I always wanted Last Man Standing to be like [All in the Family's] Archie Bunker. Archie Bunker pushed boundaries, but Carroll O'Connor was not that guy at all. I am a version of that guy. But there is nothing more dangerous, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative character. He is mitigated on the show by a family of women who had a difference of opinions, but [Mike Baxter] was a likable guy and a principled guy about work and ethics and all this stuff."
Previously, CMT looked at doing a revival, but those discussions fell through. This new report makes it clear that these discussions, which are being spearheaded by Tim Allen, are early and could breakdown before the Last Man Standing revival is made official. There is also the Disney purchase of most of 21st Century Fox to consider. At that point, Disney would own the rights to the series and the Fox network would have to pay a royalty to the Mouse House for the series. But that won't necessarily get in the way of the show being picked back up. This news comes to us courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.