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Fox Moves to Bring Back Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’ to Television

Famous actor and conservative comedian Tim Allen’s blue-collar comedy “Last Man Standing” was abruptly canceled last year by ABC. Now, it looks like Fox Broadcasting Co. may revive the popular series!

The series revival was first reported by Deadline:

I hear star and executive producer Allen has closed a deal to return. 20th TV is currently in conversations with other cast members as well as members of the series’ creative team, including producers, to come back. Two of the key Last Man Standing series regulars, Nancy Travis and Hector Elizondo, are tied to other multi-camera comedies at the moment. Travis stars in the upcoming Netflix comedy series The Kominsky Method while Elizondo is a lead of the pilot Guess Who Died, which is in contention at NBC.

Insiders caution there are still many deals to close and the show’s return is by no means a sure thing but there are promising signs that a seventh season is possible. Fox and 20th TV declined comment.

Tim Allen immediately took to Twitter to praise the fans who have posted about their love of “Last Man Standing” and protested the show’s cancellation before the 7th season on ABC.

Allen wrote, “They heard all your voices people!! LMS just might be a reality. Keep it up. Who wants more #LastManStanding?”

Already, fans are circulating a petition to support Tim Allen and bring their favorite conservative show back.

Allen played conservative Mike Baxter. The character is a father of three girls and works as a sporting goods store marketing executive.

ABC canceled the series last May, which resulted in a mass boycott after six successful seasons and two Primetime Emmy nominations. The Change.org petition in favor of the show collected more than 430,000 signatures.

ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey defended the cancellation, citing business and scheduling conflicts. ABC later said Allen’s conservative political views were not part of the decision. But it’s pretty obvious to even the casual observer that this was false.

As Tim Allen said at the time: “There is nothing more dangerous, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative character. He is mitigated on the show by a family of women who had a difference of opinions, but [Mike Baxter] was a likable guy and a principled guy about work and ethics and all this stuff, I think.”

ABC is now enjoying the popular success of the pro-Trump sitcom “Roseanne.” This deal will allow Fox to benefit from the interest in blue-collar, patriotic sitcoms.

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