'Last Man Standing' gets second life at Fox

Carla Harmon
May 15, 2018

As widely reported over the weekend - a particularly lively weekend for cancellations, with about 19 network series axed between Thursday and Sunday - Fox dropped "The Exorcist", "The Last Man on Earth", "Lucifer", "The Mick", and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

Walden says the success of the Roseanne revival wasn't a big factor in picking up Last Man Standing, as the network already had its eye on the show, but the fact that Roseanne debuted to just ridiculous ratings did much to reassure the network.

"Obviously, I think everyone took a good hard look at the performance of 'Roseanne, '" she explained.

"Last Man Standing", the sitcom starring Allen, will air at 8 p.m.

In May 2017, ABC announced that they canceled "Last Man Standing" along with other, more liberal shows.

"We wanted to give 'Bob's Burgers, ' the Emmy-winning huge performer for us, the opportunity to have a plum time period", she said.

"Once we made that decision, it just limited the opportunities we had to schedule "Brooklyn" and ultimately, we decided we just didn't" have room for it.

The biggest change at Fox will be the addition of Thursday Night Football in the fall, pushing Seth MacFarlane's The Orville into a midseason return on December 30. We tried to move Last Man Standing over a year ago when ABC decided not to move forward.

"He feels very much like a Fox character, and he and Jerrod (Carmichael) produced a really amusing and appealing pilot".

"We've been talking to Tim throughout the year", she said. Yet as it turns out - and likely to the surprise of few - FOX was inspired to make their (somewhat controversial) decision after watching ABC's recent windfall with reviving Roseanne. Walden noted Last Man Standing delivered about 8 million viewers every week on ABC with the network giving the show minimal promotion (for all its critical acclaim Brooklyn Nine-Nine, it must be noted, was averaging less than 3 million viewers). 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. But comic book fans will have something to tide them over - the network's X-Men drama The Gifted is returning, but moving to Tuesday nights before Lethal Weapon (with new lead Seann William Scott). "We were emboldened by Roseanne".

Gary Newman and Dana Walden, chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, put out a statement noting that the show "ended too soon and the outcry from the fans has been deafening". "We really just felt it was a amusing show, the audience responded to it and there was an opportunity on our schedule particularly ... to put a great comedy that would attract a broad audience".

The cancelation of Brooklyn Nine-Nine by Fox sent shockwaves across the internet, as fans of the unbelievable comedy series took to the (virtual) streets in demand of its renewal.

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