ABC outraged fans of Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” sitcom by canceling the show last month, despite the fact that it was their second most-watched comedy. Conservatives wondered aloud if the network was punishing Allen for the unabashedly conservative viewpoints expressed by his character on the show, especially the time he poked fun at liberal microaggressions.
The unpopular move by ABC led to numerous calls for them to change their mind and for their other shows to be boycotted until they did. A Change.org petition to bring back the show has garnered nearly 400,000 signatures as of Thursday morning.
At the time of the cancellation, Allen seemed just as shocked as anyone, writing on Twitter: “Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years.”
ABC defended its decision, though, acknowledging that “Last Man Standing” was a “steady performer in the ratings” but saying it was cancelled because “we made the decision not to continue with comedies on Fridays,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
But now The Hollywood Reporter is revealing some huge news for Allen and his crew.
Country Music Television (CMT) is trying to get “Last Man Standing” on their network and are currently in the early stages of trying to make that happen. A major aspect of the preliminary talks is whether CMT can afford the price tag on the popular series.
“Last Man Standing” has already run for 6 seasons, boasting 130 episodes. It’s not known yet whether CMT — if they get the show — could afford to produce a full-length season.
A show as popular as Allen’s would be considered a huge boost for CMT. Fans of the show, though, have repeatedly wondered why bigger networks have not bid for it.
Here’s one of the scenes that conservative media analyst Mark Dice believes got “Last Man Standing” cancelled in the first place:
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