Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Fox Executives On Cancelling Brooklyn 99 And Picking Up Last Man Standing

Fox adds 3 new sitcoms to fall lineup, including 'Last Man Standing' reboot Fox Revived 'Last Man Standing' Because They Were “Emboldened by Roseanne”
Diane Mills | 15 May, 2018, 22:36

In the midst of a chaotic week of cancellations, pickups, and renewals, Fox's decision to revive Last Man Standing hasn't gone unnoticed.

"Obviously, I think everyone took a good hard look at the performance of 'Roseanne, '" she explained.

Tim Allen's "Last Man Standing", canceled previous year by ABC, is being resurrected by Fox next season because it's a "great comedy" and not as a conservative statement, Fox executives said Monday.

Fox, spurred by the audience engagement being received by ABC's' "Roseanne" revival, said it made the call to bring back the Tim Allen-led comedy after axing several of its other comedy offerings such as "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "The Mick". I thought reality TV would be good, 'Naked and Really Afraid.' And the reason I bring that up is because, actually, one of my best buddies - real story - is the editor on 'Naked and Afraid.' And one day I said, 'You've seen enough views of men climbing up dirt without any trousers on, that you actually prefer one to another.' And he goes, 'Yeah that actually happens.

The "new" faces of Fox this fall will be familiar: Allen and Nancy Travis on "Last Man Standing;" Martin Mull, Vicki Lawrence, David Alan Grier and Leslie Jordan in "The Cool Kids" retirement home sitcom; and Lil Rel Howery ("Get Out", "The Carmichael Show") on "Rel". As critically-acclaimed as Brooklyn Nine-Nine was, it averaged less than 3 million viewers a week. "But previous year, Last Man Standing wasn't one of those things".

"Last Man Standing" tells the story of a married father of three who tries to maintain his manliness in a world often dominated by women. Due to declining ratings, ABC will launch a new show called "0.8" is enough. It was ABC's second most-watched comedy after "Modern Family".

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"And that certainly made us think that this is a really good opportunity, that for broadcast viewers a beloved star in a really amusing multi-cam that has, again, a little bit easier entry point than a serialized comedy was a good idea".

"I'm not sure that cancellation really had anything to do with politics", he said. "We didn't have the right opportunity".

"There's certain things in life you just know have reached their end-including the mayonnaise in the green room", a beaming Allen quipped onstage.

The Fox executives said they are counting on the addition of football on Thursday night, in addition to its Sunday games, to help boost its new and returning shows.

"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". Oh, has it only been one year?

Fuller also included a link to Fox's tweet with the new logo, which includes the Fox logo. "Well, just goes to show you - a lot can happen in a year".

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