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Fox defends axing Brooklyn Nine-Nine and reviving Last Man Standing

Fox defends axing Brooklyn Nine-Nine and reviving Last Man Standing

After ABC's success with "Roseanne", which features a pro-Trump character, calls for Fox to bring back "Last Man Standing" were revived. (But) I think everyone took a good, hard look at the performance of "Roseanne.' It certainly did remind us we have a huge, iconic comedy star in our Fox family in Tim Allen". The Tim Allen comedy will serve as a lead-in for the brand-new multi-camera comedy The Cool Kids.

In May 2017, ABC announced that they canceled "Last Man Standing" along with other, more liberal shows. (Warners' Manifest is its lone new series from an outside studio.) Of NBC's returning shows, 10 of 12 are from Universal with only This Is Us (20th TV) and Blindspot (Warners) from outside studios. The show never really delved deeply into political views. Though the NBC show's rating gave them pause this year, Fox's original interest in the show didn't have anything to do with Roseanne.

Walden added that there was always wonder at the network about how "Last Man Standing" would do if it was prioritized in a way that ABC didn't, and "Roseanne" was the final push it needed.

"It was a missed opportunity for us from the beginning", he said.

The "Roseanne" reboot - which, similarly to "Last Man Standing", features a politically conservative lead - exploded onto the television scene with a whopping 15 million viewers tuning in to the show. We were trying to create a more cohesive program, and scheduling Brooklyn would prevent us from promoting something new.

For all of the talk and headlines about this renewal, Last Man Standing will be premiering during the dreaded Friday night slot. Thankfully for Nine-Nine devotees, NBC soon stepped in and saved that show-though neither Last Man on Earth nor The Mick, which Fox also canceled, have had such luck.

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Walden said the opportunity to revive "Last Man Standing" was a no-brainer.

"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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In a statement sent to Fox News on Friday, Allen said he was excited to begin filming Season 3. When Fox said that it would not be renewing the series for season 6, fans emerged on social media to launch a protest campaign. "It's the fans! I could not be more grateful for the fans who wrote petitions and kept up the passion and incredible support for the show". Making the bold move to bring "Last Man Standing" to Fox. I'm sure audiences will be curious to see what we look like after all these years. The adaptation of Justin Cronin's book trilogy has been in the works for years, and at one time was going to be a movie directed by Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes).

"There's certain things in life you just know have reached their end-including the mayonnaise in the green room", a beaming Allen quipped onstage.


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