Fox decided to join the revival craze that has been plaguing the television industry in the past year or so by bringing back the Tim Allen-starred sitcom Last Man Standing for season seven. This comes shortly after the network decided to cancel shows Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mick, and Last Man on Earth.
Last Man Standing aired for six seasons on ABC and centered on Mike Baxter (Tim Allen), an employee in a sporting goods store. The sitcom revolved around Baxter’s work and interactions with his wife and three daughters.
New episodes are scheduled to premiere during the 2018-2019 season. Besides Allen, the majority of the cast is also set to return including Nancy Travis, Jonathan Adams, Amanda Fuller, Christoph Sanders and Jordan Masterson.
“Last Man Standing ended too soon and the outcry from the fans has been deafening,” said Fox Chairman and CEO, Gary Newman and Dana Walden, in a joint statement. “We’ve wanted to put the show back together since its final taping a year ago, and Tim never gave up hope either. Thanks to its millions of devoted viewers and the irrepressible Tim Allen, we haven’t seen the last of Last Man Standing.”
Last Man Standing was ABC’s second most-watched comedy during 2016–17 season, averaging more than eight million viewers for season six. Despite this, ABC decided to cancel the series in May 2017. Since then, the sitcom’s star Tim Allen has been trying to get the Last Man Standing back on television. It looks like he has finally done it.
“When I heard the offer to create more episodes of Last Man Standing, I did a fist pump so hard I threw my back out,” Allen said in a statement. “It’s the fans! I could not be more grateful for the fans who wrote petitions and kept up the passion and incredible support for the show,” he continued. “And a fist pump, ouch, for Dana Walden and Gary Newman at Fox for not only listening to the fans but for making the bold move to bring Last Man Standing back. I’m sure audiences will be curious to see what we look like after all these years. Oh, has it only been one year? Well, just goes to show you – a lot can happen in a year.”