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20 Century Fox TV Looking for a New Home for ‘Last Man Standing’

May 19, 2017  •  Post A Comment

After an outcry over ABC’s cancellation of the Tim Allen sitcom “Last Man Standing,” 20th Century Fox Television will be shopping the show to other potential distributors, Variety reports.

As we reported earlier this week, the show’s cancellation brought accusations that ABC was playing politics. The network has denied that the decision was political.

Variety notes that the show, which was ABC’s second most-watched comedy last season behind “Modern Family,” isn’t necessarily dead yet. Asked by the publication whether the show will be shopped to other networks, studio President Howard Kurtzman said: “We’re starting to explore that. If it’s not going to go forward at ABC, of course Jonnie [Davis, 20th Century Fox TV president] and I are hopeful that we can find another home for it.”

Kurtzman also noted: “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.”

9 Comments

  1. Is ABC so rich it can drop a top show? Of course not. It’s all a political hack job. I just don’t understand what ABC thinks it’s going to get out of this. Oh well, we get FOX just fine.

  2. I agree Paul. When the show is your 2nd highest rated sitcom behind only “Modern Family” there’s no logical reason to cancel it. There was no high profile dispute with salaries for the star (Tim Allen) or other cast members. As a matter of fact, ABC is guilty of TWO sins. Why on earth was this show exiled to FRIDAY night when it could have easily been airing Tuesday or Wednesday all along??? The fact that it was ABC’s 2nd highest rated sitcom and it aired on Friday night REALLY underscores there’s a lot more going on here than ABC would like us to know.

  3. Show sucks…too political…not funny

  4. Well! Face it. ABC has turned communist along with cnn, hln nbc, and most of the other “main stream media.

    I sure hope Last Man Standing finds a new home. I was inpationlly waiting to see how Eve Baxter was going to handle being in the Air Force Academy. Last Man Standing is among the VERY TOP shows I watch. But why have we not seen any sign of season 5 on a DVD set? And what about season 6?

  5. Well! Face it. ABC has turned communist along with cnn, hln nbc, and most of the other “main stream media.

    I sure hope Last Man Standing finds a new home. I was inpationlly waiting to see how Eve Baxter was going to handle being in the Air Force Academy. Last Man Standing is among the VERY TOP shows I watch. But why have we not seen any sign of season 5 on a DVD set? And what about season 6?

    • inpationlly? Congratulations on the most badly misspelled word of the week — and maybe the year. Thanks for posting the same comment twice, too, to make sure we caught it.
      Pations is a verchoo, my friend.

  6. Well. The only good thing I can say about CMT not taking Last Man Standing is that they won’t be CHOPPING OUT 25% of the program. What does CMT mean to me? 15minutes of commercials and only 15 minutes of programing for a 30 minute segment.
    I sure wish CBS or FOX pickets up Last Man Standing. I love that show, and yes I’ll be 74 years old come the 26. So last Man Standing IS LIKED and LOVED by people of ALL AGES.
    Go ahead and publish this comment, I don’t mind.

  7. “Last Man Standing” should explore first-run syndication (without a network), airing new episodes on a variety of local stations across the country, like many canceled shows back in the 1980s, before Fox had a tv network, and before all the streaming services.

    Those network series included: Baywatch (10 additional years) , Fame, Too Close for Comfort (plus a syndicated spin-off series lasting until Ted Knight’s death), Charles in Charge, 9 to 5, It’s a Living, Punky Brewster, and Silver Spoons.

    One of the local stations currently airing reruns of LMS is Superstation WGN in Chicago (also owners of WGN America). The revenue from all the local stations, or advertising revenue, should be enough to cover Tim Allen’s salary.

  8. Ok. I have the DVD season sets for season 1, 2, 3, and 4. Will we ever be able to get season 5 and 6 on DVDs??????

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