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Talks to revive “Last Man Standing” at CMT are not moving forward, TheWrap has learned.
The cable network was in very early negotiations with producers 20th Century Fox Television to revive the Tim Allen comedy last week, but has since decided not to move forward with a possible seventh season. CMT declined to comment.
When TheWrap previously reported that CMT was mulling the prospect of reviving the series, an individual close to the matter warned that a deal would be a longshot. Had Cmt picked up the show, it would have been the network’s second ABC revival after “Nashville” moved to the. »
- Reid Nakamura
Last month, ABC cancelled Tim Allen's Last Man Standing TV show after six successful seasons, shocking fans and entertainment media alike. Now, CMT is in early talks to save the sitcom and greenlight a seventh season, much like it rescued Nashville, after the Alphabet Network's cancellation. »
Speaking to Variety Thursday, studio presidents Jonnie Davis and Howard Kurtzman said that they were surprised by ABC’s decision to pull the plug on the show.
“That’s the one that’s really an open sore right now,” Davis said. Kurtzman added, “We really were expecting a pickup. The fact that we didn’t get a pickup was a surprise and a disappointment. I think no one was more disappointed than Tim Allen, such a huge star with such a huge following.”
But the series, which was ABC’s second most-watched comedy last season behind “Modern Family,” may not be dead. Asked whether “Last Man Standing” 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 »
- Daniel Holloway
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Allen starred as Mike Baxter, a conservative sporting-goods exec whose traditional values often clashed with those around him, including his liberal son-in-law Ryan (Jordan Masterson). Nancy Travis co-starred as Mike’s wife Vanessa; Amanda Fuller, Molly Ephraim and Kaitlyn Dever played Mike and Vanessa’s three daughters.
Last Man Standing was a Friday-night staple for ABC, racking up a total of 130 episodes. »
ABC’s Last Man Standing extended its strong 2017 ratings showing with another solid delivering last night. The multi-camera sitcom starring Tim Allen was the top program on Friday in adults 18-49 (Live+same day) for a fourth consecutive week with a 1.3 rating, even with last week and the second highest result for the show this season behind its January return (1.5). Last Man Standing has been a success story in broadcast syndication where it launched last fall. The extra… »
5 items from 2017
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