Sunday, 20 May, 2018

Fox defends axing Brooklyn Nine-Nine and reviving Last Man Standing

Fox adds 3 new sitcoms to fall lineup, including 'Last Man Standing' reboot
Jeannette Daniel | 15 May, 2018, 22:33

Fox told reporters that while it had been interested in "Last Man Standing" since its cancellation, it was the success of the "Roseanne" reboot that pushed it to put it back on the air. (But) I think everyone took a good, hard look at the performance of "Roseanne.' It certainly did remind us we have a huge, iconic comedy star in our Fox family in Tim Allen".

"Last Man Standing:" With Tim Allen, as a beset father of three.

Many fans of "Last Man Standing" speculated at the time ABC gave it the boot over its politics, a rumor that ABC vehemently denied at the time.

The decision to bring "Last Man Standing" back from the dead comes one day after Fox canceled a trio of comedies, including "The Mick", "The Last Man on Earth", and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" - much to the chagrin of fans.


"It's a amusing show and audiences responded to it", he said. "Ultimately, we felt like we didn't have the exact right place to schedule it this year to perform best in our Sunday night lineup". Some critics of Fox's decision were particularly dismayed by its timing, as it was rumored then that Last Man Standing might get a revival from the network.

"All of you. man, I'm telling you. we would not be standing here [without the fans]", Allen gushed.

The "Roseanne" reboot - which, similarly to "Last Man Standing", features a politically conservative lead - exploded onto the television scene with a whopping 15 million viewers tuning in to the show. As critically-acclaimed as Brooklyn Nine-Nine was, it averaged less than 3 million viewers a week. "But a year ago, "Last Man Standing" wasn't one of those things, you know?" He also disputed the notion that Allen's unwavering support of Donald Trump was a reason ABC made a decision to remove the show from its lineup. "We always wondered how it would do if it was given a better opportunity and prioritized more in terms of a network's agenda". I don't know what happened. The show never really delved deeply into political views. She also played the late actress Brittany Murphy in Lifetime's The Brittany Murphy Story. "We were trying to create a more cohesive schedule and scheduling "Brooklyn" was going to prevent us from launching something new". "We didn't have the right opportunity. We think its a amusing show and audience responded to it... and we thought there was an opportunity there for us particularly after adding Thursday Night Football".

The midseason for Fox will feature a live January production of "Rent", and two new dramas, medical thriller "The Passage", with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and "Proven" Innocent, a legal series about wrongful convictions. "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".

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