To the fans of Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” , there is still hope for next season after ABC admits that if they don’t change their mind about canceling the show, they plan on shopping it around. ABC claims they were canceling the show because of poor ratings but LMS was the second most watched comedy on ABC behind “Modern Family” and was the third most watched scripted show on the network behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Modern Family.” That being the case, why isn’t ABC cancelling shows en masse? The more likely reason is that ABC doesn’t want a show with strong conservative family values.
A petition to save the show posted to Change.org has been signed by more than 366,000 supporters.
In an interview on Thursday with Variety, the presidents of the studio that has produced “Last Man Standing,” Jonnie Davis and Howard Kurtzman, said they aren’t giving up on the popular sitcom. When asked whether it would be shopped to other networks, Kurtzman said, “We’re starting to explore that. If it’s not going to go forward at ABC, of course Jonnie and I are hopeful that we can find another home for it.”
The show has a big and loyal fanbase, so it’s possible another network will be willing to give “Last Man Standing” a new home, but the writer for Variety says the show’s studio faces “an uphill climb.”
According to Variety Senior TV Reporter Daniel Holloway, “‘Last Man Standing’ faces an uphill climb in search of a new network. After six seasons, costs for the series are significantly higher than those for younger multi-camera comedies typically are. And the buying patterns of broadcast networks this development season showed little appetite for multi-cams among most of the Big Four.”