ABC recently canceled “Last Man Standing” to the dismay of many viewers, but a recent reports suggested production of the show might be picked up by another network.
CMT, which already carries reruns of the show, is in early talks with the studio that produced “Last Man Standing” about the financial feasibility of CMT freshly produced episodes, according to Deadline. The Hollywood news outlet reported the deal was considered “a long shot though not impossible.”
And it’s got a precedent. CMT reached an agreement to continue “Nashville, another canceled ABC series, with the help of Hulu.
Finding a new home for “Last Man Standing” has been a priority for producer of the show, 20th Century Fox Television.
“If there’s a way to bring it back, we will explore those opportunities,” 20th Century Fox President Howard Kurtzman told The Hollywood Reporter in May.
“Last Man Standing,” which aired on Friday nights, had one its strongest seasons last year, ranking as ABC’s second-most watched comedy.
That fact alone is why the cancellation came as shock not only to fans of the show but to its star, Tim Allen, who voiced his shock in a post to Twitter.
Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years. #lastmanstanding
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) May 16, 2017
Many fans of the show believed the show was canceled because of political reasons. Allen is one of Hollywood’s few well known conservative stars, and the series was one of the few programs on broadcast television that voiced a conservative point of view.
Allen’s character, Mike Baxter, often took hilarious shots at liberals.
The possibility of a rebirth on a new network is great news for “Last Man Standing” as well as its fans. Actually, it’s great news for any show out of production. The probability of being picked up after a cancellation doesn’t happen often, but in this case, it should happen.
Let’s hope that a deal can be reached.
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