ABC’s loss is Fox’s gain.
According to Hollywood Reporter, A year after Disney-owned ABC canceled Tim Allen comedy Last Man Standing, Fox is in early talks to revive the multicamera comedy for a seventh season. Allen, sources say, has signed on and has been — with producers 20th Century Fox Television — the driving force of the revival. Discussions are also underway with producers and stars from the former ABC comedy to return. Insiders stress the talks are on the early side and could break down ahead of the network’s May 14 upfront presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers. Fox and 20th Century Fox Television declined to comment.
Tim Allen commented on Twitter
They heard all your voices people!! LMS just might be a reality. Keep it up. Who wants more #LastManStanding ?
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) May 3, 2018
When Last Man Standing was canceled last May, it ranked as ABC’s second-most-watched comedy (behind only Modern Family). Since then, the TV landscape has changed following the blockbuster ratings success ABC found with its Roseanne revival. Roseanne‘s ratings have illustrated the larger value of programming shows for Middle America. Starring Roseanne Barr, who has been vocal about her support for Trump, the Roseanne revival made the debate over Trump part of its storyline as it looks to explore subjects facing working-class America and open a larger dialogue. Dungey, for her part, has been vocal about ABC’s need to program to audiences that go beyond affluent white viewers with series including Roseanne. (Fox on Wednesday also picked up a pilot about a family set in middle America that’s in contention for midseason.)
I wrote about the situation with Last Man Standing’s cancellation a year ago, especially after discovering that Disney pulled rank and forced the renewal for Marvel’s Agents Of Shield despite the desire by the network to end the series. Clearly, the success of Roseanne has people looking at the $$$ and perhaps with Fox in control of the series rather than Disney and ABC, we could be seeing the return of the highly rated loved sitcom.