Fox Bosses on Last Man Standing Revival and Being "Emboldened" By Roseanne

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'Last Man Standing' gets second life at Fox

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

Tim Allen speaks onstage at April's 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, Calif. Fox is bringing "Last Man Standing" to its fall lineup, a year after ABC dropped the Allen comedy. 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.

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"We always felt like, for whatever reason, ABC didn't really prioritize Last Man Standing", Walden pointed out, again citing the 8.5 million viewers the show drew despite "little promotion".

Still, Walden stressed that the success of "Roseanne" wasn't the sole factor for giving Allen, 64, the green light. We always wondered how it would do if it was given a better opportunity and prioritized more in terms of a network's agenda.

"Last Man Standing" tells the story of a married father of three who tries to maintain his manliness in a world often dominated by women. "Is there any other show in history that has not only retained its audience but has beaten most other comedies of its type that has been canceled as abruptly?"

"Thanks to all you guys for the support".

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The network was also asked about reviving the conservative-leaning traditional sitcom Last Man Standing, which ran for years on ABC until being axed last year.

"I'm not sure I think that [ABC's] cancellation had anything to do with politics", he said. [Mike Baxter] doesn't have extreme political views. Newman noted that the comedy itself rarely delves into politics directly. It wasn't really about that. "We think its a amusing show and audience responded to it... and we thought there was an opportunity there for us particularly after adding Thursday Night Football".

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"That fan base identities or appeals to them that Tim has his particular political viewpoints. Ultimately we decided we just didn't have room for it and were trying we're really happy its found a new home". "We didn't have the right opportunity".

"Rel is really a breakout comic star and his character feels very much like a Fox character", Newman said. "We were emboldened by the response that we saw for 'Roseanne.' We saw it as an opportunity to pair those two shows together on Friday night". This brings back the Tim Allen vehicle after ABC cancelled the show in 2017 and CMT snubbed the series for revival purposes. "Now we get the news from Fox that it's time to get back out on that diamond - hell yes, I'm excited!"

"It was based on a variety of factors", said Dana Walden, Chairmen and CEO, Fox Television Group.

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