Tim Allen's Last Man Standing will end with the upcoming season 9. Fox and Allen announced the news today. This is not the first time that the show has been canceled, but this really is the end this time around. ABC originally ran the show from 2011 to 2017 for six seasons before deciding to take it off the air. Fans were outraged by the network's decision, so they started petitions and a social media campaign to get ABC to change their minds about the hit sitcom.
ABC never came back around to Last Man Standing, but Fox stepped up to the plate to release the seventh season in 2018. The show has continued to be a hit on Fox and was renewed for season 9 back in May of this year. However, it seems that now is really the time for the show to come to an end. Michael Thorn, president of entertainment for Fox Entertainment had this to say.
"It has been an honor to be home for Tim Allen and Last Man Standing. Millions of families have long enjoyed the show because, perhaps, they see themselves in the Baxters. The loyal affection they've shown proves just how much this series has meant to them. On behalf of everyone at Fox, a big, big thank you to 'Last Man Standing's' brilliant cast, led by Tim, Nancy and Hector, as well as its writers and crew, headed by showrunner Kevin Abbott. We'll be rooting them on throughout the season as they conclude what has been an impressive run."
Tim Allen was taken aback by the fan outcry when ABC first canceled Last Man Standing, so he knows how much the show means to its viewers. However, it seems like it was a plan to bring everything to an end after reaching the decade mark. As of this writing, the season 9 is still set to premiere in January 2021. You can read what Tim Allen had to say below.
"I've been one lucky dude to have been part of Last Man Standing. I so appreciate the incredible support from our fans over this near decade of work. As we approach the ninth season, I just admire and feel grateful for all the hard work our wonderful cast and crew have done. We had all considered to end the show after last season, but together with Fox, we decided to add a year so we could produce a full season to create the gentle and fun goodbye. I'm looking forward to a memorable and hilarious final season."
Last Man Standing has averaged 9 million viewers per episode since moving over to Fox. Streaming adds in even more views for the hit Tim Allen show, which was created by Jack Burditt. All eight of the previous seasons are currently able to be streamed on Hulu. 20th Television president Carolyn Cassidy also weighed in on Last Man Standing coming to an end. He explains.
"Being the studio to bring national treasure Tim Allen back to television not once, but twice, was one of the great pleasures of all of our careers. The fact that this series, created by Jack Burditt and run by Kevin Abbott, has had such longevity is a testament to its talented writing staff and crew, the deep support of two television networks and the undeniable charisma of its stars, led by Tim Allen, Nancy Travis and Hector Elizondo."
It seems that bringing Last Man Standing to an end was amicable decision. For now, fans will have season 9 to look forward to as Tim Allen and crew navigate a way to properly bring everything to an end, which will more than likely result in some awards nominations. Variety was the first to announce the Last Man Standing news.