Why 'Last Man Standing' was green lit over 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'
May 16 2018
Fox announced last Friday that "Last Man Standing" would return as part of its fall line-up for the 2018-19 season, with cast members Allen, Nancy Travis, Jonathan Adams, Amanda Fuller, Christoph Sanders and Jordan Masterson also set to return.
"We just think it's a really amusing show" with general appeal, he said in announcing the network's 2018-19 schedule with fellow chairman and CEO Dana Walden. We tried to move Last Man Standing over past year when ABC decided not to move forward.
Walden said the network's been talking to Allen throughout the year and tried to pick the show up when ABC let it go. While Last Man Standing was dropped by ABC and picked up by Fox, Fox dropped the beloved comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which was in turn picked up by NBC. It's a really amusing show ... Naturally, one of the day's biggest stories was Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which will air its sixth season on NBC after Fox gave the sitcom the ax-while Last Man Standing prepares to make its home on Fox after last year's cancellation at ABC.
The decision comes after ABC caused an uproar with the show's fans by announcing that it had been canceled despite its steady ratings (it averaged about 8.3 million weekly viewers on Friday nights when factoring in seven days of delayed viewing). "We always wondered how it would do if it was given a better opportunity and prioritized more in terms of a network's agenda".
"Thanks to all you guys for the support".
"I'm not sure that cancellation really had anything to do with politics", he said. The network did not own the show but was licensing it from 20th Century Fox. This strategy would work best with a non-serialized show that doesn't have much of a barrier to entry for new viewers. It wasn't really about that.
"It's a amusing show and audiences responded to it", he explained simply, saying now is the time to bring it back, after a season of dormancy, Fox having added Thursday Night Football to its arsenal.
Roseanne Barr is also a Trump supporter, as is the title character of her show, but Roseanne also includes other political voices. However, he didn't believe the lasting success behind "Last Man Standing" was exclusively based on Baxter's conservative values.
"Fans were like, they wouldn't forget about it". It really limited the opportunities to schedule Brooklyn. "They actually called and they got a hold of emailing groups of people and it showed just enough interest".
Fox executives were also asked if Allen's politics were seen as a potential benefit.
"When I heard the offer to create more episodes of 'Last Man Standing, ' I did a fist pump so hard I threw my back out", he wrote.