The Tim Allen-starring blue-collar comedy Last Man Standing will be brought back to TV as Fox has picked up the popular series after ABC abruptly canceled it last spring, Breitbart reports.
The cancellation came as a shock for many fans considering the show’s high ratings. Deadline reports the sitcom was the network’s second-highest comedy this season and averaged 8.1 million viewers, just behind “Modern Family,” which averaged 8.7 million viewers this season and was recently renewed for two more seasons. It was also ABC’s third highest watched scripted series behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Modern Family.”
But like we said- THEY’RE BACK!
“Excited? Team LMS was in the sixth inning, ahead by four runs, stands were packed, and then for no reason, they call off the game. It leaves you sitting in the dugout, holding a bat and puzzled. Now we get the news from Fox that it’s time to get back out on that diamond — hell yes, I’m excited!” Allen said in a statement on Friday.
“Now we get the news from Fox that it’s time to get back out on that diamond — hell yes, I’m excited! When I heard the offer to create more episodes of Last Man Standing, I did a fist pump so hard I threw my back out. It’s the fans! I could not be more grateful for the fans who wrote petitions and kept up the passion and incredible support for the show. And a fist pump, ouch, for [Fox Television Group CEOs] Dana Walden and Gary Newman at Fox for not only listening to the fans, but for making the bold move to bring Last Man Standing back. I’m sure audiences will be curious to see what we look like after all these years. Oh, has it only been one year? Well, just goes to show you — a lot can happen in a year.” ~ Tim Allen
“They heard all your voices people!! LMS just might be a reality. Keep it up. Who wants more #LastManStanding?” Allen tweeted.
They heard all your voices people!! LMS just might be a reality. Keep it up. Who wants more #LastManStanding ?
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) May 3, 2018
Thanks to all you guys for the support.
We are back!
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) May 11, 2018
Fox did not release a date as of yet, but the show is slated for a full 22 episodes within a year, with all of the original cast returning.
The show’s abrupt cancellation in May after six seasons came as a shock to fans, who immediately accused ABC of axing it for political reasons. Last Man Standing was the second-most watched comedy on the network behind its mega-hit Modern Family, drawing an average of 8.1 million viewers in live and DVR viewing across its most recent season — an especially impressive viewership for a Friday night program.
Allen wrote on social media that he was “stunned and blindsided” by the cancellation, and an online petition calling for the show’s reinstatement racked up more than 400,000 signatures.
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