Tim Allen said he was completely “blindsided” by the cancellation of his highly rated ABC show, and he believes it was because his character was conservative and likable.
Speaking on Norm McDonald’s streaming show, he was asked about “Last Man Standing,” a sitcom that was cancelled in May to the surprise of fans and the star, as the ratings were the second highest at the network.
Many speculated that the show was given the boot because it featured a popular conservative character, but ABC has long denied that. The show had an average of 8.1 million viewers every week, while the top rated – and liberal-skewed show “Modern Family” had an average of 8.7 million viewers.
Not too shabby, but apparently not good enough for ABC.
Allen was shocked.
“Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years,” he wrote on Twitter at the time.
Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years. #lastmanstanding
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) May 16, 2017
Allen said that his show skewed toward conservative-minded America.
“I always wanted ‘Last Man Standing’ to be like Archie Bunker,” Allen said, referencing the controversial “All in the Family” series. “Archie Bunker pushed boundaries, but Carroll O’Connor was not that guy at all. I am a version of that guy. But there is nothing more dangerous, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative character. He is mitigated on the show by a family of women who had a difference of opinions, but he was a likeable guy and a principled guy about work and ethics and all this stuff, I think.”
But the show came from an outside studio, 20th Century Fox, which made it relatively expensive to license. There were talks about reviving the show at CMT, but those broke down as well. Allen’s comments begin around the 34:50 mark.
You’ll note his primary concern are the 190 other employees who worked on the show who were suddenly given the boot.
“It was handled very badly,” he said. “I have no idea why they did it.”
Norm suggested that executives thought “rural” comedies were “embarrassing” to the network.
There has been a petition to revive the show that has more than 411,000 names.
Despite consistently high rankings, especially considering the time slot in which it is aired, Tim Allen’s show “Last Man Standing” has been cancelled by the network on which it is aired, ABC.
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.
Last Man Standing was not just selling conservative ideals though, as some of the characters in the show are clearly of the liberal persuasion, yet the characters on the show all manage to get along and take care of one another, despite their politically opposed views. The show is about more than politics though, it is about family. In fact, politics is only a secondary part of the show, but one in which many Americans can readily identify.
Last Man Standing is one of the only shows on broadcast television, and the only sitcom, that is not constantly shoving liberal ideals down the throats of the viewers. And sadly, that is likely the real reason the show has been cancelled.
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H/T: Fox News