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.