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.”