So it seems there is good news to report, CMT has reported that they are exploring a revival of Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’ and this comes just one month after the highly-rated show was brutally ended by ABC. The controversy surrounding the entire thing grabbed the attention of Americans everywhere. Those that never heard of the show, took it upon themselves to watch an episode to see what the fuss was all about and became immediate fans.
So going forward if the revival takes place, they foresee a lot more fan base coming in, which makes it EVEN better for all parties involved in the transition! Except of course ABC, this will be an utter and total loss for them….and good!
It was the network’s second-highest-rated comedy and an impressive feat for a long-running sitcom airing on usually weak Friday nights. The network moved its fantasy series Once Upon a Time and its new Marvel series Inhumans to Friday night this fall instead.
ABC entertainment chief Channing Dungey said last month that the network cancelled the show for business and scheduling reasons, and added that it wanted to turn Friday nights into a destination for sci-fi and fantasy. But fans were quick to accuse the Disney-owned network of cancelling the series for political reasons; the show — which starred Allen as sporting-goods store marketing director Mike Baxter and followed his career and family life with his wife and three daughters — was one of the few conservative-leaning series on television, and Allen is himself politically conservative.
In March, Allen told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel that conservatives in Hollywood need to be “careful” when talking about President Donald Trump, or else risk backlash; the actor attended Trump’s inauguration in January.
A Change.org petition launched shortly after the cancellation had collected 397,000 signatures in one month.
“Last Man Standing stands out in the sea of network television sitcoms. It is a show that appeals to a broad swath of Americans who find very few shows that extol the virtues with which they can identify; namely conservative values,” the petition read.
Social media users even put together a boycott and that petition itself got thousands and thousands of signatures. In fact, it got so loud that CMT was made aware of just how popular the show was, hence what is happening now. Since CMT is already airing re-runs of the show, it could be a natural and pain free transition for them to start creating new content.
The contracts for the actors expire in two week, so the studio could move to pick them up here soon. Here’s hoping…
There are some who are still considering this to be a “long shot”.
Make it work CMT, Last Man Standing embodies the values of a large swath of your audience and it would engender good will and loyalty towards the network.