Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Fox Revived 'Last Man Standing' Because They Were "Emboldened by Roseanne"

Last Man Standing Fox adds 3 new sitcoms to fall lineup, including 'Last Man Standing' reboot
Freda Brock | 15 May, 2018, 17:37

GONERS: "New Girl", "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"(moving to NBC), "The Exorcist", "Last Man on Earth", "Life Sentence" and "Lucifer". "We love this show, those are great creators, it's a phenomenal cast".

All the while, titular star Roseanne Barr's been tweeting inflammatory political opinions, but FOX executives have insisted (during a conference call transcribed by Hollywood Reporter) that they made their Last Man Standing decision based exclusively upon ratings potential, not politics. It certainly did remind us that we have a huge comedy star in Tim Allen.

She added that Fox was interested in picking up the comedy when ABC canceled it previous year, but couldn't find the right place on its schedule.

In other words, the Fox execs are moving the blame from themselves and saying that if we want to blame anyone for the initial cancellation of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, blame Roseanne, Bob's Burgers and the NFL.

"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. Fox hopes for a boost next season with the addition of pro football on Thursday nights. We tried to move Last Man Standing over previous year when ABC decided not to move forward.

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They had planned these attacks in crowded places, targeting public utilities and also VIPs of these cities, the official added. An ATS officer said, "It has been learned that the man had travelled to Pakistan via Sharjah after his stay in Dubai".

It nearly seemed that the unbelievable run of quite possibly the funniest show on television would end without a fight from anyone but the actors and the fans - at least until NBC stepped in and picked the show up. "We always felt like for whatever reason, ABC didn't really prioritize 'Last Man Standing'". 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. The former "Saturday Night Live" actor recalled being upset earlier this decade when NBC passed on the show even though it was made by an NBC-owned studio. We always wondered how it would do if it was given a better opportunity and prioritized more in terms of a network's agenda.

A follow-up question was asked about why they would cancel Brooklyn Nine-Nine and renew Last Man Standing, and the answer was that Brooklyn Nine-Nine had more hard point of entry than Last Man Standing and that Last Man Standing was averaging more than double the viewers of Brooklyn Nine-Nine week in and week out. "We were emboldened by Roseanne". "Tim's personal politics are not a big feature of the show and if you were to talk to Time he would say [his character] is a centrist and the show never delved deeply into politics".

One of the fresh new comedies heading to Fox is full of familiar (and beloved) faces.

"It's a amusing show and audiences responded to it", he explained simply, saying now is the time to bring it back, after a season of dormancy, Fox having added Thursday Night Football to its arsenal.

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