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Posted Sunday 11/18/18 at 4:37AM EST
Tim Allen considers streaming TV "processed food," says there's nothing that "pisses people off more than a very funny conservative"
"Streaming to me is processed food," Allen says while talking about the success of a traditional network sitcom like Last Man Standing on Fox. "You don’t know when that was made, you don’t know, there’s no expiration date on it. This stuff was made recently. You get ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and to all of us on broadcast, we’re doing this right now. This is fresh television." As for the political nature of his show, Allen says: "I’ve always said that, certainly, relationships are politics. The political discourse between a male and female energy is politics. And children, that’s all political stuff. I like to mess around because I’ve been a standup fiery comic for 30 years. And I like pissing people off, and I said there’s nothing, especially in this area, that pisses people off more than a very funny conservative. A smart, funny conservative that takes shots and is certainly self-effacing. The left-wing point of view is so pervasive that they don’t even realize it’s a point of view. It is just a point of view. I think this character likes that, he likes to have another point of view. It makes him sharper and more interesting. But we don’t push it. I don’t think we’ve mentioned pro or con Trump once now."
Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 10:34PM EST
Tim Allen: Last Man Standing's ABC cancelation helped boost ratings for the Fox revival
Source: TV Insider
"In a peculiar way, the cancellation helped," he says. "We got this victim/underdog thing, like, 'They shut the door on the quiet majority!' Baxter has a strong point of view — you can like or dislike it." Co-star Nancy Travis adds of this season's ratings success: "There isn’t another character on TV right now like Mike Baxter. That people came back after the yearlong hiatus is a testament to our fans. Plus, the show’s been in syndication, so it’s got a new audience too."
Posted Saturday 10/20/18 at 2:43AM EDT
Tim Allen: Here's what would've happened if Home Improvement was revived
Source: E! Online
Before Last Man Standing's Fox revival, Allen says he was in serious talks to be bring back his 1990s ABC sitcom hit. "In the time off, we got real close where we talked to everybody…It was an interesting idea," Allen tells E! News. Allen says he was pitched an idea where the three brothers Brad, Randy and Mark are property owners and real estate "people" in Michigan, while Tim and Jill were still together living in another house. "It was real interesting," he says.
Posted Sunday 9/30/18 at 6:30AM EDT
Last Man Standing returns to big ratings in its Fox debut, beating ABC and all Friday shows
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Two years ago, Last Man Standing Season 6 premiered to 5.9 million viewers and a 1.1 demo rating on ABC. Friday night, Last Man Standing Season 7 debuted to 8 million viewers and a 1.8 demo rating on Fox. "The comedy was not expected to grow because, frankly, older shows rarely improve year over year, changing networks usually does not boost an audience and Fox has long struggled to get viewers to their Friday night lineup," says James Hibberd. "But LMS has had the benefit of more press attention than usual thanks to the network shakeup, so perhaps that helped matters."
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 11:40PM EDT
How Last Man Standing perfectly encapsulates the 2010s and the rise of Trump
Having been revived on Fox, Last Man Standing is "almost as fascinating as it’s ever been" after a year-and-a-half off following its cancelation on ABC, says Todd VanDerWerff. "The Tim Allen vehicle started out as a mostly innocuous family sitcom when it launched in 2011, a somewhat dated show about an archetypal manly man leading a household full of women," he says. "But as it evolved into a series about an older white man’s continued feelings of grievance, it unexpectedly became one of the pop culture artifacts that best predicted the rise of Donald Trump. Last Man Standing was one of the few shows on television to feature a politically conservative character as its protagonist. Though the views of Mike Baxter, Allen’s character, were more centrist than those of the man who played him, its depiction of intergenerational conflict between Mike and his daughters (and sons-in-law) got at something compelling about a generational divide between (mostly white) parents and children — a divide that few other TV shows even attempted to tackle." Last Man Standing isn't a "political" show, as Allen keeps insisting. But, this season, "there are moments when it really does feel as if Last Man Standing is attempting to confront what it means to be someone who is glad Trump is president but also starting to realize how much that scares other people in your family," says VanDerWerff, adding: "There’s also a clear willingness to delve back into the show’s original premise and confront the ways in which it comes up short. Last Man Standing is still interested in the rituals of male bonding and the ways that guys shoot the shit when they’re alone together. But there’s also a growing sense that Mike might be more of a softy than he lets on, or that the character is becoming aware of his responsibility to the larger world."
- Last Man Standing's premiere balanced its Dad-jabs at the left with a general message of "can’t we all just get along?"
- Last Man Standing's Fox revival isn't Roseanne 2.0 -- it doesn't try to be controversial
- Conservatives deserve better than the "hopelessly mediocre" Last Man Standing
- Twitter users welcomed Last Man Standing back as if it was comfort food
- Tim Allen jokes that the two recastings aren't as "traumatic" as Darren on Bewitched
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."