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


This year, the network will put the show on Friday, when executives believe it will benefit from promotion on "NFL Thursday Night Football", which moves to Fox this fall. However, the success of "Roseanne" isn't the only reason "Last Man Standing" got a second chance on television.

"Obviously everyone took a good hard look at the performance of [that show]". It did so well and it certainly did remind us that we have a huge, iconic comedy star in our Fox family.

Fox also announced early Monday that Last Man Standing will air on Fridays at 8 p.m. ET, the same time it aired on ABC for its last five seasons there.

When asked if ABC's cancellation of Last Man Standing had anything to do with politics, Fox Television's other Chairman and CEO Gary Newman said it likely had more to do with vertical integration.

Walden said the opportunity to revive "Last Man Standing" was a no-brainer. "And we have been talking to Tim through the year". It's a really amusing show...

Hot on the news that it would be reviving ABC's long-finished comedy "Last Man Standing", Fox wasted no time giving the show a spot in its weekly lineup as well as a teaser trailer for Season 7 at its Upfront event Monday.

When Allen's program, in which he plays a sporting-goods retail executive and father of three daughters who sneers at political correctness, was canceled a year ago, conservative pundits claimed it was done in by Hollywood liberals who disagreed with star's own right-leaning political views. We always wondered how it would do if it was given a better opportunity and prioritised more, in terms of a network's marketing agenda.

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Fox scheduled the comedy in the Friday night lineup, claiming that they "were emboldened by Roseanne", and nothing more.

"There's certain things in life you just know have reached their end-including the mayonnaise in the green room", a beaming Allen quipped onstage.

Tim Allen's personal political beliefs don't overshadow "Last Man Standing", say Fox execs.

The "Roseanne" reboot - which, similarly to "Last Man Standing", features a politically conservative lead - exploded onto the television scene with a whopping 15 million viewers tuning in to the show.

"I'm not sure that cancellation really had anything to do with politics", he said. The network did not own the show but was licensing it from 20th Century Fox. "[His character] Mike Baxter is a centrist [and] doesn't have extreme political views". But it sounds like the fan push to renew the show wasn't really a big factor for NBC, since they were already on the same page. It wasn't really about that. "We think its a amusing show and audience responded to it... and we thought there was an opportunity there for us particularly after adding Thursday Night Football".

She also revealed that the choice, surprisingly, "had nothing to do with Roseanne".