Dana Walden, Chairman & CEO of Fox Television Group, revealed in a 2018 programming presentation for the press on Monday that Roseanne Barr comeback the success of the "Roseanne" reboot further inspired the network to work with Allen after his sitcom was canceled by ABC in May 2016 despite its high ratings.
On Sunday, the network's signature night of animated comedy, "The Simpsons" will open at 8 p.m., followed by "Bob's Burgers", and "Family Guy". "It did so well and it certainly reminded us that we have a huge iconic comedy star in our Fox family, in Tim Allen". The six-season long Last Man Standing, on the other hand, routinely delivered around 8 million viewers on a weekly basis. Its ratings weren't too shabby either; Last Man Standing averaged a 1.7 rating in the key 18-49 age demographic.
Walden said the opportunity to revive "Last Man Standing" was a no-brainer.
"We've been talking to Tim throughout the year", she said. All the while, titular star Roseanne Barr's been tweeting inflammatory political opinions, but FOX executives have insisted (during a conference call transcribed by Hollywood Reporter) that they made their Last Man Standing decision based exclusively upon ratings potential, not politics. "He and Jerrod produced a really amusing pilot". "We always wondered how it would do if it were. prioritized more".
"So I would say we were emboldened, I would say, by the performance of "Roseanne.' 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. "Roseanne" certainly confirmed that".More news: Alan Shearer mocks Mike Ashley's end of season statement
When Allen's program, in which he plays a sporting-goods retail executive and father of three daughters who sneers at political correctness, was canceled a year ago, conservative pundits claimed it was done in by Hollywood liberals who disagreed with star's own right-leaning political views. He said it had more to do with ABC not owning the program.
Allen, a conservative who has voiced his support for Trump, starred as Mike Baxter, who is also politically conservative on the show. Fox has not yet announced when Last Man Standing will air in the week, but the odds are pretty good that Tim Allen will be happy no matter what.
Newman said ABC's cancellation was not related to politics.
Following the announcement, Allen described his excitement to Fox by relating the show to a baseball game.
"If anything, it had more to do with vertical integration", he insisted, adding, "Tim's personal politics are not a big feature of the show" which "never delved deeply" into politics. [Mike Baxter] doesn't have extreme political views.