‘Last Man Standing’: 20th Century Fox TV Will Seek New Home for Tim Allen Comedy (EXCLUSIVE)

'Last Man Standing': Studio Seeks New
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Studio 20th Century Fox Television is looking for a new home for canceled Tim Allen comedy “Last Man Standing.”

Speaking to Variety Thursday, studio presidents Jonnie Davis and Howard Kurtzman said that they were surprised by ABC’s decision to pull the plug on the show.

“That’s the one that’s really an open sore right now,” Davis said. Kurtzman added, “We really were expecting a pickup. The fact that we didn’t get a pickup was a surprise and a disappointment. I think no one was more disappointed than Tim Allen, such a huge star with such a huge following.”

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But the series, which was ABC’s second most-watched comedy last season behind “Modern Family,” may not be dead. Asked whether “Last Man Standing” would be shopped to other networks, Kurtzman said, “We’re starting to explore that. If it’s not going to go forward at ABC, of course Jonnie and I are hopeful that we can find another home for it.”

“Last Man Standing” faces an uphill climb in search of a new network. After six seasons, costs for the series are significantly higher than those for younger multi-camera comedies typically are. And the buying patterns of broadcast networks this development season showed little appetite for multi-cams among most of the Big Four.

Some streaming services have seen recent success with multi-cams, such as Netflix with “Fuller House” and “The Ranch.”

And the studio heads are encouraged by the fan support that they’ve seen for the show since ABC confirmed its cancellation last week. “We know how passionate our fans are, and we’re seeing that now,” Davis said.

Political and social conservatives have been vocal in their disappointment over the show’s end. Allen, its star and executive producer, is conservative and a supporter of President Trump.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey denied that “Last Man Standing” was canceled because of Allen’s right-leaning politics, and said that it was, instead, a scheduling decision. “Once we made the decision not to continue with comedy on Friday, it was just kind of that’s where we landed,” she said.

In its sixth season at ABC, “Last Man Standing” averaged a 1.2 rating and 6.4 million total viewers, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers.

Allen on Tuesday, took to Twitter to express his shock at the cancellation:

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  1. Marilyn says:

    LAST MAN STANDING is such a great show, one of the few on TV worthy of watching the first time and many times after that. PLEASE find a network that will pick this show up. ABC doesn’t know they are throwing away a classic.

  2. Amalia I Dettman says:

    Bring it back! Best show on TV! Wonderful Entertainment! Wonderful characters, great actors!

  3. Scott Backus says:

    Bad call. I believe it was political.

  4. Janice K. Peroe says:

    We all will be thankful if you put this show back on the air….I got started late watching the show but I went out and bought all the season and now I watch everyday. I never miss a show. I will be heart broken if the show does not come back on. Please put it back on.

  5. Lonesome says:

    “ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey denied that “Last Man Standing” was canceled because of Allen’s right-leaning politics”

    Yeah, that must be why cancellations at Disney properties are going through the roof, and advertise’s on ABC”s other shows are feeling the heat.

    #ABCallBullCrap

  6. Larry Boggeln says:

    C’mon Netflix, pick it up!

  7. Keith Bodner says:

    I not only thought that FOX was going to pick up “Last Man Standing”, I predicted it BEFORE May 16th. Check out the comment sections on AOL if you don’t believe me. The show is great, has a huge audience and they all love Tim Allen’s rants and raves when he’s in character. It’s hilarious.
    To put it bluntly—-ABC screwed the pooch on this one.

  8. Kathie Ward says:

    Last man standing is the best show on rigjt now they cancelled it because they cant stand to hear the truth and that show is about the truth and god and they cant handle it

  9. Heidi says:

    STATEMENT: Speaking to reporters Tuesday, ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey denied that “Last Man Standing” was canceled because of Allen’s right-leaning politics, and said that it was, instead, a scheduling decision. “Once we made the decision not to continue with comedy on Friday, it was just kind of that’s where we landed,” she said.

    MY RESPONSE: BULLCRAP

  10. Mary E. Donahue says:

    Comedy-Comdy- You say you don’t need on it Fridays!!!! I disagree – we NEED MORE GOOD comdies on T.V. that gives our families good entertainment and NOT TRASH. Fridays nights have become nothing but a disaster. I just hope that some channel will pick up Last Man Standing and prove what a GOOD SHOW IT IS.

  11. Kayla says:

    I really hope another channel like TBS, TNT, or some channel picks it up. I love the show and can’t believe it was even cancelled.

  12. Friday is PAYDAY NEXT FALL says:

    Channing Dungey is clearly the bedwench of the sick and perverted. Nothing she has said can justify the cancellation when we see evidence on the network that supports the contrary. She can’t sight actor salaries because they are paying 6 MODERN FAMILY actors twice the amount they are paying Tim Allen. TWICE THE AMOUNT! She can’t blame the cancellation on bad ratings because for a Friday show its ratings are on par with if not better than most of their comedies airing in the middle of the week. Overall it is the 2nd most watched comedy on the network, so total viewers can’t be an issue either. And it certainly can’t be because they don’t own the show, FOX does, so they get syndication profits. But FOX also owns MODERN FAMILY, so the same applies financially. That leaves one thing; the politics of perverts, which is fine. Praise God, He will let them ride out filth, depravity, and perversity to their own detriment.

  13. Gail says:

    I don’t want drama on Friday evening. I’ve had drama for 5 full days at work. Friday evening is a time to unwind. We find we are watching less and less television, mostly because there is simply nothing we like. ABC has given us another reason to find something else to do with our time.

  14. LK Kelley says:

    The truth is that this show is amazing! It is not specifically about politics, although both sides are joked about. It is about a family that most all of us identify with, because things talked about and situations they deal with are completely current to our world. When the 2nd rated show, costs so much, why keep the top show that cost so much more? This is the logic they have used in their excuse. That’s not only illogical, but the excuse given flies out the window. So, the conclusion is that they do not want viewers, nor do they want ratings. And, this is why everyone is accusing ABC of cancelling due to politics, because it’s the only “reason” that is “left standing”.

  15. Paul says:

    ABC’s claims that the show’s point of view had nothing do with their decision to cancel and not move show is so transparently dishonest that it is far more offensive than anything Mike Baxter ever said on the show.

  16. Lisa Kenney says:

    There is something that ABC is not telling us. Who does this, cancels a successful, high rating show? If they don’t want comedy on Friday night anymore then put it on another night, there are six of them! hopefully one of the other net works will pick up the show, it’s got at least another two or three good years left. If not more. ABC, you are being run by idiots.

  17. Sandra D Overmann says:

    Very upset that this network cancelled this show. This is my favorite show, and Tim Allen and the cast are great!!! Why is this world so worried about who says what?! Look back on some of the older shows, wow and they want to put this cast down for their dialogue….Really….!! People need to grow up!
    Were is our freedom of speech….um I do believe our Media is still open to that…Oh wait! Only if you are against Trump.
    And if you watch some Disney movies, it’s ok that they have suggestive gestures on a childrens movie, but we can’t make a comment about a political view..this world is sad…and people need to get a grip!

  18. Mal Burgess says:

    Claims that LMS wasn’t cancelled due to its anti-liberal barbs is as insulting to the intellect of its millions of viewers as are claims from the mainstream media that it holds no political bias.
    Tim Allen’s digs at the left were hilarious as the best humor is based on facts.

  19. William says:

    GROW THROUGH ATTRITION HAS A NEW MEANING IN THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS! WHEN THERE IS A BIAS IT ALWAYS GETS HAMMERED AND RUN OUT OF TOWN OR LETS SAY RUN OUT OF THE BUSINESS. SOME FIND THE SAND AND GET A GOOD SOFT SPOT TO PUT THERE HEAD IN. THAT IS FAR FROM TIM ALLEN AND TEAM. INSTEAD OF HAVING THE GROUPY’S COME TO THE RESCUE THEY HIDE ON THIS STORY. POLITICS IS NO DOUBT WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. THE COMPARISON IS EVEN FUNNIER MEANING THAT ALL SENATORS AND THOSE IN CONGRESS LIVE IN FEAR. TO SAY THERE PARTY IS THE PARTY STANDS FOR AND HELPS THOSE THAT NEED IT THE MOST THE PARTY THAT HELPS THOSE THAT CAN’T HELP THERE SELF IS ALL A LIE THAT HIDES THE BIGGEST TRUTH OF ALL ABOUT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. FEAR IS THE DEMOCRATS VICE THAT WILL DESTROY THEM IT IS JUST A SHAME THAT WE HAVE TO WAIT AND WATCH THESE SCARE TACTICS TILL SOMEONE FROM THERE PARTY STANDS UP AGAINST THE FEW THAT RULE BY FEAR. THE CHUCKY’S AND NANCY’S ALONG WITH A FEW OTHERS ARE THE RULERS AND IF YOU SAY OR DO SOMETHING WITHOUT THERE OKAY YOU WILL BE THE ONE THAT IS ON THE TARGET LIST FOR LESS SUPPORT WHEN NEEDED. GOING TO WORK SCARED OR GOING TO WORK ALWAYS TRYING TO PLEASE THOSE THAT YOU ARE SCARED OF OR GOING TO WORK TO HELP THOSE THAT VOTED FOR YOU. I THINK WE ALL KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION WHICH IS THE PROBLEM THAT HOLDS US ALL BACK. SO THE TIM ALLENS ARE FEW BUT THEY ARE OUT THERE AND THEY WILL GAIN IN VOLUME BUT WE NEED IT TO GET LOUD SOON NOT LATER! ABC,CBS,NBC,CNN,ETC. TAKE YOUR PICK EVEN PUBLIC TELEVISION AND PUBLIC RADIO ARE HOSTAGE TO THOSE THAT USE THEM LIKE POSTER BABIES! TIM ALLEN WE GOT YOU BACK JUST GIVE US THE WAY THAT WILL HELP YOU GET BACK IN OUR HOUSES AGAIN! TIM ALLEN’S LAST MAN STANDINGS REPEATS RATINGS ARE STILL BETTER THAN ALL THE SHOWS THEY HAVE ON. TIM ALLEN AND TEAM ROCK ON!

  20. Wally Palo says:

    I’m a gay man and not religious. Last Man Standing was my favorite tv show. My partner and I enjoyed the occasional political digs at liberal politicians and socialism. We even got our teenage daughter interested in it. And she got to see businessmen & businesswomen in a good light for a change, learning about marketing, production, and distribution from Mike and Mandy Baxter. Walt Disney would be ashamed of the people who manage his legacy.

  21. Sharon Graham says:

    I am very dispointed and shocked. There’s no good reason to cancel a show thats in top ratings. This show is the best comedy on TV. I believe this is a very stupid move.

  22. john says:

    i will no longer watch any thing on abc i will wait for the dvds

  23. C.louis says:

    It is hard to believe that it was a “scheduling decision” considering parent company Disney has come out and said that they were going to re-tool the Hall of Presidents so Trump has no speaking part. Obviously an agenda the company feels needs to be forced on the American people. I am in no means one of his supporters, but it is disappointing that a company that is supposed to represent the voices of all feels the need to impose their views on others. Instead of entertaining us with what has to be the closest thing to true “reality TV” considering the topics discussed on the show (I.e. Teen drinking when Eve got drunk at a party, an unwed mom in Kristin in the early seasons, the awkwardness of social discussions, etc.), we are forced to endure “family value” shows like multiple days of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, or that newest “family-friendly” show (trash-talking) To Tell the Truth.

    I applaud Fox decision to shop the show around and look forward to continue enjoying the exploits of the characters. Bravo, Fox, for listening to the people and truly giving them what they want, something we shouldn’t be embarrassed to watch with our parents

  24. Jeanne Douglas says:

    Unbelievable F—–G bias by left wing media! Joy Behar is an angry asshole in anyone’s book. George Steph is such a hypocrite for a newsman. Tim Allen is actually funny and not even close to offensive. Really looked forward to the show and one more reason not to watch ABC which was somewhat watchable due to likability of Robin Roberts, Michael Strahan, Shonda Rhimes shows which have their own tolerable agenda. Holy shit, you have got to be kidding me that you would pull this show even if it was 10th in ratings!! Give an inch towards conservative point of view you F*#@!!G righteous “progressives”.

  25. Linda Kleman says:

    What politician or politicians decide to shut this show down? You’re an ass! This is one of the best half an hour sitcoms on television and if you get offended by some of his jokes, then don’t watch it!!! He makes our family laugh.

  26. Patricia Matyas says:

    Someone pick up this show…no boby cares about the politics. ..IT’S FUNNY….and we have gotten to know the family and neighbors , etc. We all love this show.

  27. rose sidlik says:

    I absolutely love that show so funny and a show I can watch with family can not believe it has been cancelled

  28. Ann says:

    Last Man Standing is one of the very few TV shows that I watch. Tim Allen is one of the best! The decision by ABC to not renew the show if definitely a political decision. I am done watching ABC, including their Good Morning America Show with Ultra Liberal George S. This decision lets you know where ABC stands politically. What a shame.

  29. kurt135 says:

    just a few weeks after saying Trump supporters are subject to attack in Hollywood, his show is cancelled – point proved. May ABC crumble.

  30. Kathie Votaw says:

    Cant believe they cancelled Tim Allen’s
    Last Man Standing show!! He’s funny and speaks truth! I looked forward to his show every week! Hope they can find a new home for him!

  31. Chad mar says:

    I enjoyed Bill Oreilly’s shoe on Fox, but they cancelled it because they were afraid of the negative accusations of the liberal crowd.

    Minus one for TV.

    I watch Tim Allen because it is clean family oriented, no so much sex, violence. It also does not seem to cater to the TV norm that every tv show a now has to have a gay and lesbian theme. But ABC believes Tim Allen is not representative of their values.

    Then I guess, I don’t stand with ABC on their values!

    It may be time for a conservative person with money to create a new independent TV network
    And pick up these shows.

    I have largely quit watching Fox, and will be selling my Disney stock soon. Business enterprises should provide entertainment the viewers want, not what their personal political taste prefer!

  32. MDE427 says:

    I’d love to see Fox or Netflix pick the show up …. whoever does will be making a good financial decision. The show has a large audience and is a major performer. Even with it’s right leaning political jokes, they have plenty of liberal fans as well. The show has never shied away from making fun of both sides of the political spectrum, regardless of its main star, Tim Allen, being Conservative. He and his younger daughter are the only Conservatives on the show, supported by either major Liberal characters, or characters who do not have strong views either way. These Liberal characters have plenty of jokes about Conservatives and always have something to retort to Tim Allen’s Liberal jokes –
    that is why this show has done so well for so long …. it has something to offer those with any ideological views.

  33. Carol B says:

    Great show; hope that ABC or another network has the good sense to pick up the show. Cannot believe it was cancelled since the ratings were second to Modern Family? What is that all about???

  34. Fran crane says:

    Hope another network picks up last man standing and the 8.1 million viewers it has,it will be number 1 in any slot they put the show,and let’s boycott abc and watch as that network falls to pieces!!!!!!

  35. Renee M says:

    Fox needs to pick up Last Man Standing. It is a great home healthy TV show all about teaching children both young and old to be respectful, self motivated, morales, disciplined, accountable for their actions. What the heart of America people believe and WANT as a role model for our families. It is the BEST TV show.

  36. Jeanne Wilke says:

    perfect example of how ABC is totally plotically biased. One more reason not to watch ABC. Last Man Standing was balanced with politics via the children on the show. Some other station will make a killing on this show!

  37. Lezli Welge says:

    I love Last Man Standing and even though Tim Allen is a Trump supporter the other members of the family on Last Man Standing are not so that should not be an issue, sad to see it go!

  38. John radford says:

    Abc must not like TV show morales values last man standing had all that we don’t need more gays TV show I hope CBS pick up the show or NBC I will quit watching the abc network

  39. Brenda Lakanen says:

    So disappointed at the cancellation of Last Man Standing! I am really hopeful that the show will be picked up by another network. Friday nights are just not the same!

  40. cat9brat says:

    Please find a home for “Last Man Standing” it’s the best comedy on TV.

  41. Debra Schoppe says:

    Please Fox get this show! Love the satire,, and it is the ONLY series that lets conservatives have a voice! Love Tim Allen and the cast! The only show we watch on ABC! Without LMS, PBS will be the only station we watch. Love Masterpiece, especially Poldark!

  42. G. Philip Dawson says:

    I do hope Fox can get LMS back on. We love this show, and frankly it’s the only show we watched on ABC. We have removed ABC from our Direct TV favorites lists, it’s banished to the ethos in our home.

  43. Really disappointed in ABC for cancelling Last man Standing. Hope they find another network that knows a very good thing when they see it.

  44. Marie says:

    I too was disappointed that Last Man Standing was canceled was one she’ll I look forward to watching them Friday night. Talented stars. I’ll be kids picked up by another network

  45. Debbie says:

    I hope last man standing gets picked up by someone, love, love this show, such a refreshing show, no swearing, nudity, sex, killing, just great comedy. Need more shows like this.

  46. Mary C says:

    I hope it gets picked up by someone else. I only watch two shows faithfully any more and that is one of them. I find it easier to watch my tv on Netflix.

  47. Carol says:

    I’m a total liberal and I love the show. Tim Allen is great will miss the show. Am I suppose to hate everything with conservative views?

  48. Gene skaalerud says:

    I could care less about his politics wrong as he Is , half my friends and family say the same things wrong as they are, l enjoy the show great talent writing looking forward for it’s new home, and whoever
    Blew that call yup wrong.

  49. Shawna Garrett says:

    CMT should pick it up, it’ll be a great fit for the network…They already play Last Man Standing in re-runs…and i watch them faithfully…. Love Tim Allen

  50. Abbie Donnaldson says:

    Sorry to see the show go. I watch the show several times a day on hallmark and freeform I think Abc has made a big mistake.

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