Tim Allen wasn’t going quietly after ABC canceled his sitcom “Last Man Standing” — and neither were the show’s fans. The AP reports that the network’s announcement that the show won’t be back in the fall sparked an uproar — with Allen among the most vocal protesters.
Allen expressed his displeasure on his Twitter account Tuesday, writing: “Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years.”
“The show’s fate was sealed when the network decided to scrap its Friday comedies, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said in a teleconference Tuesday,” the AP reports. “By then the move had spurred an online petition on change.org calling for a boycott of ABC for yanking the show and praising the show’s ‘conservative values’ — values many angry fans accuse ABC of wanting to muzzle.”
The report adds: “Dungey wouldn’t specifically address a reporter’s question about whether politics played any role in the show’s axing. She did say the same factors that go into decisions about renewing any of the network’s shows — including ratings, financial considerations and the possibility for future artistic growth — were considered in this case.”
The report notes that “Last Man Standing” was averaging 5.89 million viewers, according to Nielsen. “That’s more viewers than some other ABC series that have been invited back, including ‘black-ish,’ ”Shark Tank’ and ‘The Goldbergs,’ which just scored a two-year renewal for a fifth and sixth season,” the AP notes.