After months of speculation, Fox announced that "Last Man Standing" would be revived just a year after its abrupt cancellation.
What's the background?
In March, TMZ reported a news item alluding to the idea that Fox may just resurrect "Last Man Standing," which ABC cancelled after six very successful and highly rated seasons.
Just last week, Tim Allen — who portrayed the show's politically and morally conservative main character — issued his own teaser that big news regarding "Last Man Standing" would be on its way.
He wrote, "They heard all your voices people!! LMS just might be a reality. Keep it up. Who wants more #LastManStanding?"
They heard all your voices people!! LMS just might be a reality. Keep it up. Who wants more #LastManStanding ?
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) May 3, 2018
What's the news on the revival?
According to The Wrap:
The network announced on Friday that the Tim Allen comedy would return as part of its fall line-up for the 2018-19 season, with cast members Nancy Travis, Jonathan Adams, Amanda Fuller, Christoph Sanders and Jordan Masterson also set to return.
The show will return to the airwaves for the 2018-2019 television season.
No further production details were available at the time of this writing.
What are people saying?
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!" he gushed. "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."
He went on to express his appreciation for the fans, who he credits as the impetus in the show's resurrection.
"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," Allen said. "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?" he quipped. "Well, just goes to show you – a lot can happen in a year."
Gary Newman and Dana Walden, chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, added their praise to the chorus.
"'Last Man Standing' ended too soon and the outcry from the fans has been deafening," Newman and Walden said 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.'"