‘Last Man Standing’ Talks during CMT Break Down Over Cost (Exclusive)

Last Man Standing will not arise again.

Talks between CMT and producers 20th Century Fox Television have damaged down and a former ABC comedy starring Tim Allen will not be regenerated during a Viacom-owned wire network. It’s misleading if another intensity home for a array will emerge. CMT and 20th TV declined comment.

As The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reported final week, CMT was in rough talks to revitalise a family comedy for what was pronounced to be anywhere from a brief sequence to a multiple-season/20-episode revival. Insiders cautioned during a time that a understanding was a prolonged shot given a cost tab on a maestro multicamera comedy. That incited out to be loyal as there will not be a understanding between CMT and 20th TV for Last Man Standing and a array stays canceled. Producers 20th TV had already placed calls to writers about a intensity reconstruction and a expel stays underneath agreement by a finish of June.

CMT would have been a healthy new home for Last Man Standing as a niche network front syndicated repeats of a series. While a understanding was deliberate a prolonged shot, it would not have been out of a doubt given CMT’s story of reviving ABC’s nation song play Nashville last year.

ABC canceled Last Man Standing after 6 seasons in May. The termination was among a biggest surprises to come from a promote networks during a pre-upfront decision-making period. At a time, Allen tweeted that he was “stunned” and “blindsided” by ABC’s decision.

Last Man Standing was a severe one for me since it was a plain performer in a ratings, though once we done a preference not to continue with comedies on Fridays, that was where we landed,” ABC Entertainment boss Channing Dungey pronounced final month during a discussion call to announce a network’s tumble schedule.

Factoring into a termination was ABC’s preference to shelter from a multicamera comedy retard on Fridays, where Last Man Standing was interconnected with a since-canceled Dr. Ken. Also contributing to a pierce was that a pricey comedy was constructed by an outward studio (20th Century Fox TV), with Allen also looking for a compensate lift as partial of his agreement renegotiations.

“There are many factors that go into a decision-making process: ratings, vicious commend … of march we demeanour during tenure structure,” Dungey pronounced of a rising importance of tenure during a Big Four promote networks. Ultimately, a exec stressed that Allen’s domestic connection — he has compared being a regressive in Hollywood to “’30s Germany” — did not play a purpose in a preference to ax a comedy. “I wouldn’t contend that was a determining factor,” she said.

Last Man Standing had forged out a plain viewership on little-watched Friday nights. For a uninitiated, that night is typically earmarked for programming with reduced viewership expectations, where a comedy like Last Man Standing and a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 8.3 million viewers is seen as impressive. (Those numbers would be a dermatitis strike on CMT.)

Speaking with THR after a upfronts, 20th Century Fox Television’s Howard Kurtzman singled out Last Man Standing as a many unsatisfactory and startling pass. “If there’s a approach to move it back, we will try those opportunities,” he said.

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