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‘Last Man Standing’ Renewed for Season 5 on ABC

Last Man Standing” is coming back for a fifth season, Variety has learned.

The Tim Allen comedy is the last returning ABC series to be picked up for the 2015-16 season, following a slew of over 20 comedy and drama renewals last week.

The half hour laffer is a solid performer for the Friday night lineup at ABC, which with the help of “Shark Tank” and “20/20,” has become the top network among adults 18-49 for the night.

Leading off Friday night for ABC, “Last Man Standing” has averaged a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.2 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen’s Live+7 estimates.

The fourth season of the 20th Century Fox TV property wrapped up on April 17. The renewal comes just a few days after ABC named a new showrunner to the series. Co-executive producer Matt Berry will succeed Tom Doyle, who has spent three years as showrunner.

For its new comedy slate, ABC greenlit “Uncle Buck,” based on the John Hughes flick and starring comedian Mike Epps; “Dr. Ken” from “Community’s” Ken Jeong; family sitcom “The Real O’Neals;” and “The Muppets” remake from “The Big Bang Theory’s” Bill Prady.

Returning comedies include “Black-ish,” “Fresh Off The Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family” and “Galavant.”

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