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Posted Friday 9/14/18 at 11:17PM EDT
Last Man Standing's Fox premiere is definitely political
Source: TV Guide
Despite Tim Allen's insistence that his sitcom isn't a political show, the Fox premiere does tackle the political divide. "While the episode doesn't specifically mention the president by name, or even mention political parties at all, lines are drawn in the sand between the left and the right," says Megan Vick. "Unlike Roseanne, which jumped into the specific issues that separated the Conners, Last Man Standing just wants to address the split happening in families as conservatives and liberals separate into their own factions."
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Tim Allen emphasizes Last Man Standing isn't a political show: "My politics are really irrelevant"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Asked by EW if he's a Trump fan, Allen says: "You know … it’s a very loaded question," adding: "Do I like him or agree with him? … I don’t know. Somebody got this NAFTA thing done. How did that happen? It’s like a slight of hand with this dude." Allen reiterates that his comedy, revived on Fox, "is not a political show. We talk about politics because everybody does. If you want to see me talk politics, come see me at The Mirage in Las Vegas, or any of the concerts that I do throughout the country. My politics are really irrelevant. What I do in my family, what I do in my neighborhood, that may be more of an indication of what I believe. But I wouldn’t want who say, 'I can’t stand Trump so I can’t watch this show.' Try to table that. It’s a sitcom that’s really clever where we work hard to make you laugh your a** off."
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Last Man Standing kills off Robert Forster's dad character
Forster played the father of Tim Allen's Mike, appearing as the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary. Despite Forster's absence on the Fox version of Last Man Standing, his marijuana store will still be a part of the show.
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 4:22AM EDT
Last Man Standing recasts two roles
Source: TV Guide
The Baxter family daughter Mandy and grandson Boyd, played by Molly Ephraim and Flynn Morrison on the original ABC series, have been replaced by Molly McCook and Jet Jurgensmeyer for the Fox revival. Ephraim and Morrison opted not to return for the revival.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 10:51PM EDT
Tim Allen says his Last Man Standing character is "probably pro-Trump," but the show planned for a Hillary Clinton presidency
Allen addressed his character's politics hours after Fox said that Last Man Standing wouldn't immediately reveal whether he is a Trump supporter. “This guy’s a practical guy… if it’s helping his business, I think he’s probably pro-Trump. (But) he probably doesn't defend him," Allen said at the TV press tour while promoting his sitcom's Fox revival. Allen also admitted that he and the writers were disappointed that Hillary Clinton lost. “We had a bank of stuff” already written for a Clinton presidency, he said, adding jokingly: "pantsuit stuff." Allen emphasized that Last Man Standing isn't necessarily a conservative sitcom. “We want both sides to think it’s funny," he said.
- Allen weighed in on Roseanne Barr's firing from Roseanne: "They had to do what they had to do and it’s their decision," but: "It’s a very icy time. I’ve been a comedian for 38 years and I’ve never seen it, like Lenny Bruce said at the Purple Onion, ‘We’ve gone backwards.’ There are things you can’t say. There are things you shouldn’t say. Who makes up these rules? And as a stand-up comic, it’s a dangerous position to be in because I like pushing buttons. It’s unfortunate.”"
- Last Man Standing producers call Molly Ephraim's exit "unfortunate"
- A Chinese foreign exchange student character is joining Last Man Standing
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 2:16PM EDT
Fox's Last Man Standing won't address whether Tim Allen's character is a Trump supporter
When Last Man Standing makes its debut on Fox this fall, it won't be clear whether Allen's character, Mike Baxter, voted for President Trump. Fox co-chairman Gary Newman said at TV press tour that "the producers’ plans are simply not to address whether or not he might be a Trump supporter… That could change during the season, but there are no plans at this time… Clearly he’s a character with a conservative viewpoint." It wouldn't be unusual for a conservative-leaning sitcom to shy away from directly addressing the Trump presidency. The Roseanne revival, which paved the way for Last Man Standing's revival, never mentioned Trump's name, though it was clear Roseanne Conner was a Trump supporter.
Posted Wednesday 7/18/18 at 1:42PM EDT
Tim Allen and Nancy Travis tease Last Man Standing's Fox revival
Watch them as they spot a "fox" in the woods as they sit around a campfire.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 6:54PM EDT
Last Man Standing bringing back Hector Elizondo, but three former cast members don't have deals in place for Fox's revival
Molly Ephraim and Kaitlyn Dever, who played the daughters of Tim Allen's character, are expected to return in a recurring basis. The grandson played by Flynn Morrison isn't expected to be back.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 6:27PM EDT
ABC wishes Fox all the best with Last Man Standing
Source: E! Online
"The decisions that we made last year in terms of canceling Last Man Standing were made with the best information that we had at the time," said ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey. She added that not owning the show was a big factor in its cancelation: "We'd had a couple years running where we came down to the wire in terms of being able to make a deal with our studio partners and unfortunately, that year were not able to come to terms and we were not able to bring the show back. But I wish them every success in the return of that show on Fox."
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
Tim Allen acknowledges there were Home Improvement reboot talks before Fox's Last Man Standing deal came together
Source: E! Online
"All of us got together...is it relevant? Is Tim Taylor relevant?" Allen told E! News. "Everybody talked about it and then boom, this thing came together," he said of Fox picking up Last Man Standing. "I said, I like this show. I want to finish what we started."
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 8:04PM EDT
Tim Allen bombs before Fox upfront crowd, while Homer Simpson kills
The Last Man Standing star and The Simpsons patriarch both addressed the upfront audience this afternoon, but Allen's joking about mayonnaise in the green room didn't go over well. Meanwhile, Homer mentioned The Simpsons recently beating Gunsmoke's record, joking that he heard CBS just picked it up for a reboot. ALSO: Oddly, Fox's upfront presentation included bubble show L.A. to Vegas and previously canceled Pitch and 24.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 12:29PM EDT
Fox says it revived Tim Allen's Last Man Standing because it was "emboldened" by Roseanne's ratings, not politics
“Everyone took a good hard look at the success of Roseanne,” said Fox Television Group CEO Dana Walden. “It reminded us we have a huge iconic star in our Fox family in Tim Allen. And we have been talking to Tim through the year ... So yeah, we were emboldened by the performance of Roseanne,” Walden said. “It made us think this is a good opportunity for broadcast viewers." He said it was easier to bring back a "beloved star" than to launch a brand-new comedy. Walden also said that just like ABC's cancelation decision had nothing to do with politics, Fox's pickup of Last Man Standing wasn't about the show being a hit with conservatives.
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 12:41AM EDT
Conservatives rejoice over Last Man Standing's revival
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"BOOM. ;)," tweeted Sarah Palin. "Life is good," added James Woods. Meanwhile, "liberal" Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans saw the pickup of the Tim Allen comedy as a slap in the face.
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 4:18PM EDT
Fox officially revives Tim Allen's Last Man Standing
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Allen and his all of his co-stars, including Nancy Travis, have signed on for the seventh season of the sitcom ABC canceled last year. In a statement, Allen said: "Excited? Team LMS was in the sixth inning, ahead by four runs, stands were packed and then for no reason, they call off the game. It leaves you sitting in the dugout, holding a bat and puzzled. Now we get the news from Fox that it’s time to get back out on that diamond — hell yes, I’m excited! 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." Fox execs Gary Newman and Dana Walden said "the outcry from the fans has been deafening" since ABC's cancelation a year ago. “We’ve wanted to put the show back together since its final taping a year ago, and Tim never gave up hope either," they said in a statement. "Thanks to its millions of devoted viewers and the irrepressible Tim Allen, we haven’t seen the last of Last Man Standing.”
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Brooklyn Nine-Nine was a comedy gift that woudn't have survived as long in another TV era
Source: The Washington Post
"I’m going to miss the series, which over its run probably gave me more pure pleasure than anything else airing concurrently anywhere on the dial," says Alyssa Rosenberg. "And I’m so grateful that we got as many episodes of it as we did." She points out that Brooklyn Nine-Nine wouldn't have made it to 112 episodes with its low ratings in another television era. Brooklyn Nine-Nine, she says, "was a model for what pop culture can do when it is committed to showcasing a wider range of characters and their stories." It was diverse in a unique way. There were two black cops, instead of one. Two Latina cops, instead of one. Two non-straight cops, instead of one. "None of those characters ever had to carry the weight of representing those entire communities," says Rosenberg. She adds: "While Brooklyn Nine-Nine was a comedy about cops, it approached the actual work of policing with seriousness and moral rigor. It was a task that might have doomed a lesser show, especially one that aired during a period when police killings of unarmed black Americans spurred a national movement. Brooklyn Nine-Nine tried to model what good policing could look like at a time when even that act of idealism sometimes seemed like a farce ... Brooklyn Nine-Nine was never solely an issue show, but its commitment to approaching policing from an ethical place was fundamental to its sense of decency, a quality which was itself fundamental to the series."
- Could Brooklyn Nine-Nine find a new home? Hulu is the most likely destination, followed by TBS (whose president developed the show)
- NBC and Netflix could also potentially revive Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- The Internet is losing its mind over the Brooklyn Nine-Nine cancellation
- Why the Internet freakout for a show averaging fewer than 2 million viewers?
- Is Tim Allen to blame? Fox's comedy bloodbath comes amid talk of a Last Man Standing revival
- Seth Meyers calls the cancelations of his former SNL colleagues' shows a "double gut punch"
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Dan Goor tweets: "#brooklyn99 fans are the best fans in the world"
- Melissa Fumero: "These last 5 years have been incredible"
- Stephanie Beatriz: "What a gift this series has been: it’s been my honor. Your sadness is noted"
- Joe Lo Truglio: "I’m so very lucky, so deeply thankful to have been part of a show that has brought so much joy to so many"
- Lin-Manuel Miranda wants fans to fight for the show: "I ONLY WATCH LIKE 4 THINGS ... THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS"
- Mark Hamill: "Be forewarned @FOXTV-when networks dump shows I love, I'm known for holding grudges a long, L-O-N-G time"
- Backstreet Boys: "Thanks for the memories, #Brooklyn99"
- Sean Astin: "They earned the right 2 have a final season victory lap where I could emotionally prepare"
- Guillermo del Toro: "The world is better with this show in it. I love these characters and the healing good energy B99 brings"
# TOPICS: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, FOX, Hulu, TBS, Dan Goor, Guillermo del Toro, Joe Lo Truglio, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Hamill, Melissa Fumero, Sean Astin, Seth Meyers, Stephanie Beatriz, Tim Allen, Cancellations, Renewals & Pickups