Tim Allen was just as stunned as the masses when ABC announced their 2017-2018 lineup on Tuesday with Last Man Standing missing from the list. This Friday night comedy didn’t follow the traditional path to its demise, as it was still doing very well in the ratings, according to reports.
This ABC series is a family-friendly show and a destination for as many as 8.1 million people on any given Friday night. It is ABC’s No. 2 top-rated comedy show behind Modern Family, according to Deadline.
Today, ABC is sticking with their original reasons for ousting the show in its sixth season. Earlier this month, Channing Dungey, who is the president of ABC Entertainment, claimed it was purely about ratings. According to the New York Daily News, Dungey said that Last Man Standing is just one of many shows that have been put on the chopping block.
Still, there is a difference when comparing the other shows that were canceled to Last Man Standing. When a show is tanking in ratings, most people would expect it’s inevitable that the show’s cancellation is just around the corner. However, when a show is enjoying 8 million viewers, its demise seems highly unlikely.
According to the Sacramento Bee, the show is a “warm family comedy” about a man who is surrounded by females in his life and who fears that all this female influence will “undermine his manliness.” Along with the petitions filed online aimed at requesting ABC change their mind on retiring the show, there is now a move to boycott the ABC network altogether if they do cancel the show.
ABC insists that the canceling of Tim Allen’s show has nothing to do with his politics. Last Man Standing didn’t get the ax because of Tim Allen’s support of Donald Trump, which is what ABC has conveyed amid the outrage over the show’s cancellation.
Dungey said, “A large part of these jobs are managing failure and we have made the tough calls and canceled shows that we would otherwise love to stay on the air.”
He named shows like American Crime, The Real O’Neals, The Catch, and Dr. Ken as other shows they had to make the same tough decisions on and cancel.
That reassurance from ABC didn’t do much to calm the masses who are really peeved about the show’s demise on the network. Fox & Friends on Wednesday morning interviewed Matt Walsh, who is the author of the book The Unholy Trinity. He believes Last Man Standing was canceled for being too conservative. He is not alone in these thoughts as this is what many people across the social media sites are saying today.
Tim Allen said back in March how being conservative in Hollywood today is like living in Germany back in the era of the 1930s. According to the New York Daily News, Allen is considered “one of the few outspoken Republicans in Hollywood.”
It is almost as if Allen saw his own future when he told Jimmy Kimmel back in March while on Jimmy Kimmel Live, “You’ve gotta be real careful around here. You get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes.”
Allen then went on to say, “This is like 30s Germany,” which is the line that many have quoted since news of the show being canceled hit the headlines.
Allen continued, “I don’t know what happened. If you’re not part of the group, you know, ‘What we believe is right!’ I go, ‘Well I might have a problem with that.’ I’m a comedian, I like going on both sides.”
Allen tweeted on Tuesday that he was “stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years.” His tweet was short and sweet, but it conveyed how surprised he was when hearing Last Man Standing was being put out to pasture.
Fans are fighting ABC’s decision with numerous online petitions, and the fans are even shopping for another network to pick up the show Last Man Standing in case ABC won’t change their mind and a plan B is needed. According to the Sacramento Bee, CMT, Hallmark, and Netflix are just a few of the networks that the fans of Last Man Standing have endorsed as a place they would like to see as a new home for this show.
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