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Why Tim Allen Can Thank 'Roseanne' for Fox's 'Last Man Standing' Revival

14 May 2018, 09:42 | Elsie Buchanan

Tim Allen

Tim Allen

"Both will air Friday nights, "Last Man" at 8", followed by "The Cool Kids" at 8:30 and then the reality show "Hell's Kitchen" at 9. "It reminded us we have a huge iconic star in our Fox family in Tim Allen".

Walden also shared that despite initial interest in bringing "Last Man Standing" over to Fox after its ABC cancellation, the right opportunity just wasn't there quite yet, despite growing demand from fans.

For all of the talk and headlines about this renewal, Last Man Standing will be premiering during the dreaded Friday night slot.

"So yeah, we were emboldened by the performance of Roseanne", Walden said.

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New shows for midseason will include the reality competition series "The Titan Games" produced by Dwayne Johnson; "Abby's", a comedy about an eccentric woman who runs a bar in her backyard; "The Village", about the intertwined lives of residents of a Brooklyn apartment building; "The Inbetween", about a woman who communicates with the dead; and "The Enemy Within", an espionage thriller with Jennifer Carpenter and Morris Chestnut.

"If comedy "remains a priority" for the network, as it said on Tuesday's call, why would it cancel its second-highest-rated comedy series?" We always wondered how it would do if it was given a better opportunity and prioritized more in terms of a network's marketing agenda.

ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey was forced to issue a denial after Allen, outspoken in his disappointment about the cancellation, suggested that his conservative politics may have been a factor.

John Amodeo, NN6JA, has been a co-executive producer, producer, or supervising producer of the comedy and was instrumental in Allen's getting his ham radio license in 2014; more than 2 dozen members of the crew were also inspired by the show's Amateur Radio component to get licensed.

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Tim Allen's "Last Man Standing", canceled previous year by ABC, is being resurrected by Fox next season because it's a "great comedy" and not as a conservative statement, Fox executives said Monday. Tim's personal politics really aren't a big feature of the show... "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".

"I think one of the great things about broadcast television is that the fans get very connected to these stars, the character and the shows", he said.

Fox and other broadcasters are presenting their 2018-19 schedules to advertisers in NY this week.

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine", on the other hand, was not a good fit with the Friday strategy given that the show is heading into its sixth season and has a more serialized storyline as a single-camera vehicle.

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Whatever the case, FOX may also reap some benefits from the notoriety wielded by the conservative Tim Allen, as well as the fact that most Tim Allen characters are not-so-loosely based upon Tim Allen. I'm sure audiences will be curious to see what we look like after all these years.



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