“Last Man Standing” was one of my all-time favorite shows. When it was canceled, Tim Allen wasn’t the only one devastated over it. Millions of Americans were in that same boat and could not figure out what happened. It turned out that Allen’s politics were just too conservative for ABC. Since then, Roseanne Barr has announced that her sitcom character is a Trump supporter in the upcoming “Roseanne” reboot headed to the network. Between that and the overwhelming support of fans, Tim Allen is feeling inspired to bring the show back. Allen’s show famously featured conservative values and many speculated that was the reason behind its cancellation.
“The support from all the fans to bring back ‘Last Man Standing’ is truly overwhelming to me and so appreciated,” Allen told Fox News exclusively. “I, along with the talented writers, wonderful crew and terrific actors would definitely entertain the idea of bringing the show back as there is so much gas left in the tank, more to be said, and laughs to be had.” Tim Allen is 64 now and just as funny as ever. I would love to see the show resurrected. He said his fans’ recent push to revive “Last Man Standing” has given him hope that the show could make a comeback. “I know fans would love nothing more than for us to take the cover off, fire up the engine, back this car out of the garage and get it back on the highway, full-throttle,” Allen said. “My sentiment sits in the front seat beside you.”
Tim Allen is a conservative and a Republican. He’s also a Christian. But other than joking about it, he doesn’t push his views on other people. He supports President Trump, but he’s even made fun of him. You don’t see Trump getting all offended over it. Allen plays Mike Baxter in the sitcom, who is the father. He is also politically conservative. The show was canceled last May despite being the 2nd highest rated show on the network.
“Last Man Standing” has been praised for being one of the few shows that appeal to a conservative viewership and ABC vehemently denied it gave the show the boot over its politics. They said it had to do with money and contracts, but I don’t know anyone who really bought into that nonsense. Per Fox News, in May 2017, the network revealed that it would not be renewing “Last Man Standing” for a seventh season. The sixth — and final — season of the show, which skews more toward a blue-collar audience, was the network’s second most-watched comedy with 8.1 million views, behind only the seemingly untouchable “Modern Family,” which scored 8.7 million in the same year. Personally, I never watched “Modern Family” and I don’t know anyone who did.
“Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years,” Allen wrote on Twitter at the time. I was stunned as well and could not believe they would just up and cancel such a massively popular show. The former “Home Improvement” star has been open about his conservative-leaning politics in the past. Allen told Jimmy Kimmel in March that living in Hollywood right now is akin to Nazi Germany. “You gotta be real careful around here,” Allen noted. “You get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody else believes. This is like ’30s Germany.” It was not long after that comment that “Last Man Standing” was given the boot. Timing is everything.
As for Roseanne, she said earlier this week that after 20 years of being off the air, the show will be back and that both her character, along with John Goodman playing her husband, will be Trump supporters. That’s stunning right there in itself. Barr said that this would be a “true reflection of the society we live in” to have mixed political views, because: “half the people voted for Trump and half didn’t, so it’s just realistic.” She went on to say that working class people elected Trump so that this will be a good place to examine and write about polarization in families and that hating someone for voting the other way is “not American.”
I had all but given up on “Last Man Standing” returning. It was the one show I truly loved. But now, I sense things may be turning thanks to Roseanne, who I will also watch. Perhaps with so many conservatives ditching the network, ABC is having a change of heart. I certainly hope so.