God Damitt! was hoping for one more season

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    Tim Allen Comedy ‘Last Man Standing’ Canceled By ABC After 6 Seasons


    It was considered the perfect sitcom for the Trump era, hitting ratings highs in its sixth season. But that didn’t save Last Man Standing from a cancellation today.

    ABC has opted not to renew the longtime Friday 8 PM anchor for Season 7. The Tim Allen-starring multi-camera sitcom often had gone down to the wire on renewals, with ABC and producing studio 20th Century Fox TV wrangling over the series’ license fee. ABC is supposed to cover the cost of the show at this point in its run, and LMS is on the higher end for a multi-camera sitcom because of the marquee salary Allen commands, but 20th TV had agreed to license fee reductions in the past. This time, there was no bargaining, with ABC simply deciding against another season.


    With a central character who is a political conservative and devout Christian adhering to traditional American values, the blue-collar comedy appeals to viewers in the Heartland, a constituency that helped elect Donald Trump as president and has been energized post-election as evidenced by the ratings success of new USA drama Shooter.

    That was also a swath of America ABC had been looking to reflect better, mostly on the drama side, as the network’s entertainment president Channing Dungey has noted this season.

    In its sixth and final season, Last Man Standing averaged a very respectable for any night and especially Friday, 1.2 Live+same day rating in adults 18-64 and 6.4 million viewers, winning its 8-8:30 PM time slot. While most returning shows were down year-to-year 20-30%, LMS was virtually flat, off just by 5% in total viewers and adults 18-49 (L+SD).

    The cancelation is a financial hit to 20th TV, which had sold LMS in syndication where the sitcom has been doing very well, a rare off-network ratings success story these days.
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    ABC Besieged by Boycott Calls After Cancelation of Conservative Tim Allen’s Hit Show


    It’s TV upfront week, which means major network cancellations are being announced left, right and center.

    But the liberal ABC Television Network’s decision to axe Tim Allen’s hit Friday night comedy The Last Man Standing has caused consternation among fans who suspect the highly rated multi-camera sitcom has been nixed primarily because of Allen’s right-of-center political beliefs.

    The show was ABC’s second-most-watched comedy this season, with 8.1 million viewers, only behind Modern Family. Deadline Hollywood, which broke the news of the cancellation, reported that The Last Man Standing was “hitting ratings highs in its sixth season.”

    Many viewers of the show think that the decision is being made by liberal ABC, owned by Disney, primarily because the series is about an unashamedly conservative character (Mike Baxter) played by a conservative actor. Allen told Jimmy Kimmel in March that living in Hollywood right now was akin to being in Nazi Germany.

    Leading the protest is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who tweeted: “Looks like ABC is playing politics with your show despite decent ratings. Sad.”

    Many fans of the show are furious on social media and are calling for a boycott of the network.

    There are four petitions on change.org begging ABC to re-consider their decision. Neither Allen nor the network have commented on the move, but ABC is understood to be citing the fact it doesn’t own The Last Man Standing (Fox produces the show) and the show’s aging viewer demographic to explain why it pulled the plug.

    It is, however, also possible that it has do with ABC‘s reluctance to promote conservative politics on its network. It has been reported that Bob Iger, the longtime CEO of Disney, is flirting with an idea of running for president in 2020 as a Democrat.

    He told The Hollywood Reporter back in June that “a lot of people—a lot—have urged me to seek political office,” but denied thinking about running for California governor or senator. (He didn’t deny the possibility of running for the White House.)

    ABC’s beleaguered news division is also staunchly liberal. President Trump mocked ABC News “Chief Global Affairs Correspondent” Martha Raddatz (whose second of three weddings was attended by Barack Obama) for “crying” during election night coverage after it became clear Trump had won an historic victory.

    “How about when a major anchor who hosted a debate started crying when she realized that we won?” Trump said during his “Thank You” tour in Cincinnati back in December.

    (Raddatz has denied crying, though it certainly looked like it. Watch the video above)

    Waterworks or no, ABC’s bias extends well beyond Raddatz. The network employs George Stephanopoulos, a former Bill Clinton operative, as its grandiosely titled “Chief Anchor and Chief Political Correspondent”. Stephanopoulos was exposed during the presidential campaign for having donated at least $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation, and therefore had to grudgingly recuse himself from moderating any debates. ABC enriches Stephanopoulos to the tune of more than $10 million a year.

    Furthermore, ABC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Terry Moran referred to President Trump’s inaugural address as reminiscent of the anti-Semitic rhetoric of 1930s Nazi Germany.

    ABC came under fire last year for its failed sitcom The Real O’Neals which cruelly mocked Irish Catholics. The hopelessly homophobic fictional Irish Catholic family in the sitcom had a statue of the Blessed Virgin above their toilet and made Jesus-shaped pancakes for breakfast. The executive producer of The Real O’Neals, Dan Savage, on whose life the sitcom was based, is known for his obscene sex advice column, and for gaming Google search results on conservative Christian Senator Rick Santorum so that the first search result for “Santorum” was a page defining the Senator’s name as “a frothy mixture of lubricant and fecal matter as an occasional byproduct of anal sex.” Savage also famously once tried to sicken conservative activist Gary Bauer by licking the door handle to his motel room.

    ABC also recently was fiercely criticized for mocking police and Middle America with its March gay rights miniseries When We Rise, which appeared to glorify the firebombing of police cars and overwhelmingly portrayed white, straight characters as ignorant, hateful rubes.

    Unlike The Last Man Standing, When We Rise was a catastrophic ratings bomb.
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    I don't know if anyone heard, but ABC is bringing back Roseanne. Apparently it's reboot time. This was being discussed over the past few years, but it was only rumors up until now. I guess because of all the heat ABC has been getting over the cancellation of Last Man Standing they decided to do it to smooth things over with the angry public ::)


    It makes you wonder though if they bring back Roseanne what are the chances of them also bringing back Home Improvement?

    FOX has also been looking into picking up Last Man Standing, but there are also rumors of them working out a deal with Netflix so as of now it's not over yet, just on ABC it is.
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    It looks like they are in fact considering bringing back Home Improvement. Apparently, there was some talk shortly before they canceled Last Man Standing that they might reboot the show, but with a twist. The twist would be the old show, but staring two of the sons with Tim Allen and the rest of the old cast making appearances from time to time. Sort of like a Home Improvement next generation continuation with two of the sons all grown up. Now that they canceled Last Man Standing though and with Allen currently available we could just see a reboot of the old show to where it might later spin off into the other with the two sons.

    I guess they will have to wait and see how the Rosanne reboot does first. If successful then Home Improvement could be next, but it’s already being talked about now.
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