Next Month: Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’ To Re-Air And Keep Conservative Content

Fans of Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” will be excited to know the show is just one month away from being back on television.

The show has been off the air for more than a year after ABC canceled the show, despite a huge audience and growing favorability. Fox picked up the show and people immediately began to question whether there would be any changes to the show’s content.

During the 2018 Television Critics Associations’ Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California, Fox Television Group CEO and Chairman Gary Newman told reporters the show would keep its original humor, maintain similar plotlines to the previous seasons and Allen’s character would continue to express his conservative political views.

“I will say right now the producers’ plans are not to address whether or not he might be a Trump supporter,” Newman said on Thursday, as Fox News reports. He specified that Allen’s character, Mike Baxter, “clearly” expresses “a conservative viewpoint.”

“I think of the character as a fairly centrist viewpoint,” Newman added. “Of course, that could change during the season, but there are no plans at this time.”

And, during a later interview, said “At its heart, it’s a family comedy. I think that they’re going to tell the same type of stories that they told during its run on ABC.”

Fox News reports Newman is not worried about how much time has passed since the show was last on the air, saying “it’s still pretty fresh in peoples’ minds.”

“Tim Allen is a big star,” he said. “He has a great following. The show is really funny. We know we’re going to have tremendous material to promote it with because that show, joke for joke, is I think, as funny as any show on TV.”

As for where “Last Man Standing” might end up on the scheduling block for the Fox network, Newman said it is heading for primetime.

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“It was really quite successful for ABC,” Newman said of the series, which had 7 seasons and 130 episodes from 2011 to 2017. “It was their second most successful comedy behind ‘Modern Family.’ We think it has a lot of legs. We’re really looking forward to having it on our primetime.”

In a statement to Fox News, Allen could barely hold back his enthusiasm concerning the show’s return.

“Excited?” asked Allen in a statement previously sent to Fox News. “Team LMS was in the sixth inning, ahead by four runs, stands were packed and then for no reason, they call off the game. It leaves you sitting in the dugout, holding a bat and puzzled. Now we get the news from Fox that it’s time to get back out on that diamond – hell yes, I’m excited!”

“When I heard the offer to create more episodes of ‘Last Man Standing,’ I did a fist pump so hard I threw my back out,” he admitted. “It’s the fans! I could not be more grateful for the fans who wrote petitions and kept up the passion and incredible support for the show.”

Added Allen: “And a fist pump, ouch, for Dana Walden and Gary Newman at Fox for not only listening to the fans but for making the bold move to bring ‘Last Man Standing’ back. I’m sure audiences will be curious to see what we look like after all these years. Oh, has it only been one year? Well, just goes to show you – a lot can happen in a year.”


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