Fox Revived 'Last Man Standing' Because They Were "Emboldened by Roseanne"

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On ABC, Last Man Standing averaged 8.3 million viewers in Live+ 7 day calculations during Season 6 in the 2016-2017 TV season, making it the network's second most-watched comedy after the juggernaut that is Modern Family. Fox, spurred by the audience engagement being received by ABC's' "Roseanne" revival, said it made the call to bring back the Tim Allen-led comedy after axing several of its other comedy offerings such as "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "The Mick".

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Among those business reasons - "Last Man Standing" was produced for ABC by 20th Century Fox Television, and network ownership plays a large role in programming decision. We always wondered how it would do if it was given a better opportunity and prioritized more in terms of a network's marketing agenda.

This year, the network will put the show on Friday, when executives believe it will benefit from promotion on "NFL Thursday Night Football", which moves to Fox this fall.

Whatever the case, FOX may also reap some benefits from the notoriety wielded by the conservative Tim Allen, as well as the fact that most Tim Allen characters are not-so-loosely based upon Tim Allen. "Thanks to all you guys for the support", Allen said. But it sounds like the fan push to renew the show wasn't really a big factor for NBC, since they were already on the same page.

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"Last Man Standing" will be followed on Fridays by a new comedy, "The Cool Kids", which stars comedy veterans Martin Mull, David Allen Grier, Vicki Lawrence and Leslie Jordan as residents of a retirement community. The buddy cop drama will have a new costar in Seann William Scott, who is replacing Clayne Crawford.

SUNDAY5 p.m. - National Football League on Fox5:30 p.m. "It's performed best in our Sunday night lineup, and we made a decision this year, which was, we wanted to give Bob's Burgers, the Emmy-winning, huge performer for us, an opportunity to have a plum time period and to really grow". REL will be based on the comedian's life and will find him playing a Chicago father whose world is turned upside down after he discovers his wife is having an affair with his barber.

For midseason, Fox has ordered "The Passage", a drama about a 10-year-old girl who is a test subject at a secret government facility experimenting with a virus that could be a cure for all disease or doom the human race.

And this, for "Gotham" fans: Fox announced a new, and final, 13-episode season. When a potential CMT deal fell through and there were no other takers a year ago, Last Man Standing seemed officially dead despite fan petitions.

Meanwhile, Fox also picked up a pair of mid-season dramas: "The Passage", based on the Justin Cronin triolgy, about "a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a risky virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race;" Mark-Paul Gosselaar stars; and "Proven Innocent", about "an underdog criminal defense firm led by a fierce and uncompromising lawyer", with Rachelle Lefevre, Vincent Kartheiser, Russell Hornsby, Brian d'Arcy James and Nikki M. James. The sitcom "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is moving to NBC, which owns the show. The network has yet to make a decision on the fates of "Ghosted" and "L.A.to Vegas".

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