Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

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

Fox Revived 'Last Man Standing' Because They Were

Fox and other broadcast networks are presenting their new schedules to advertisers in NY this week. To Allen, "Last Man Standing" was in the sixth inning, ahead by four runs, with packed stands, and suddenly, the game was called off.

Of course, NBC snatched up Brooklyn Nine-Nine just one day later after Fox lowered the ax last week, but the Fox team was still asked to explain its moves.

"Rel Howery is really a breakout comic star", said Gary Newman, a co-chairman and co-CEO of the Fox Television Group.

"We're really pleased with how "The X-Files" did this past season", Thorn said. It will be paired with another multi-camera comedy, The Cool Kids, which is set in a retirement community.

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"We felt like we didn't have the exact right place to schedule it this year", Walden said. "We thought that our Sunday night, young, somewhat male-leaning audience, would be a great opportunity for it". We wanted to give Bob's Burgers an opportunity to have a plum time period and really grow.

For the first time, football will occupy all of Fox's Thursday-night schedule throughout the fall and early winter. We were trying to create a more cohesive program, and scheduling Brooklyn would prevent us from promoting something new.

ABC cancelled Last Man Standing after the 2016-2017 season, and insisted the decision had nothing to do with Allen's conservative politics. As critically-acclaimed as Brooklyn Nine-Nine was, it averaged less than 3 million viewers a week. And if you were wondering, yes, ABC's success with reviving Roseanne was a factor.

Last Man Standing, which was previously canceled by ABC, will have all-new episodes airing on FOX on Friday nights.

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Fox Monday unveiled its fall schedule which will include two new comedies, the revival of the Tim Allen-starring comedy "Last Man Standing" a season after its cancellation by ABC and "Thursday Night Football". "We've been talking to Tim throughout the year". "['Last Man Standing"] is a really amusing show". "We just think it's a really amusing show" with general appeal, he said in announcing the network's 2018-19 schedule with fellow chairman and CEO Dana Walden. "We were emboldened by Roseanne".

Whatever the case, FOX may also reap some benefits from the notoriety wielded by the conservative Tim Allen, as well as the fact that most Tim Allen characters are not-so-loosely based upon Tim Allen. "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".

"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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