If you ever needed an example of how unpredictable the TV business has become, consider the breakout new series that’s actually seven years old: “Last Man Standing
.” The Fox
sitcom was left for dead last year, when ABC
— which didn’t own the Tim Allen
show — canceled it after deciding the economics no longer worked.
Fox, however, does own the show — for now — through sister studio 21st Century Fox TV. Initial talks to immediately relaunch the show fell flat when Fox didn’t have room on its schedule. But then came New Fox.
As it prepares to reinvent itself as a standalone network, Fox is repositioning itself as more of a network with broad appeal, which includes stocking up with live events like Thursday Night Football. With the NFL
on Thursday, “we saw an opportunity on Friday night for comedy,” said Fox Entertainment
president Michael Thorn.
But Fox didn