Fox to add Tim Allen's 'Last Man Standing' to fall lineup

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Last Man Standing is produced by 20th Century Fox, so Newman and Walden already had an existing relationship with Allen and they said they've been talking to the Home Improvementalum about bringing the show over to Fox for years. "Everyone took a good hard look at the performance of Roseanne".

She explained that the show's ratings reminded executives that Tim Allen is a "huge iconic comedy star". "We tried to move Last Man Standing over a year ago when ABC decided not to move forward", Walden continued.

Walden said that after a five-season run by Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the network didn't have the right place to put it, so cancelled the Emmy-nominated show. "['Last Man Standing"] is a really amusing show". "We always felt like for whatever reason, ABC didn't really prioritise Last Man Standing. Now we get the news from Fox that it's time to get back out on that diamond - hell yes, I'm excited!"

"Once we made that decision, it just limited the opportunities we had to schedule "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and ultimately, we decided that we just didn't have the room for it, with Thursday night football going into the fall", she added.

Walden noted that a comedy like Last Man Standing has an easier "point of entry" for viewers than a serialized comedy like Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Walden also revealed that they tried to move Last Man Standing over to Fox when the series was canceled in 2017.

"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.

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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".

Both shows feature '90s sitcoms stars playing lead characters with conservative views who clash with their liberal family members. "From time to time, there may be a moment on the show that deals with current politics, but it doesn't feel like a soapbox for any particular point of view". "Scheduling 'Brooklyn' would have prevented us from launching something new". "We were emboldened by the response that we saw for 'Roseanne.' We saw it as an opportunity to pair those two shows together on Friday night". The Tim Allen comedy will serve as a lead-in for the brand-new multi-camera comedy The Cool Kids. And you've gotta give Fox, and specifically Dana and Gary, big credit for listening to these fans. "Well, just goes to show you - a lot can happen in a year".

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