Last Man Standing: CMT in Talks to Save Cancelled Sitcom

While it looks like Last Man Standing's chances at returning for another season on ABC are still nonexistent, it does look like the series may find new life on another network.

Last Man Standing ran for six seasons on ABC and starred Allen as a conservative sporting-goods executive and father of three daughters (played by Amanda Fuller, Molly Ephraim and Kaitlyn Dever).

The network is in preliminary discussions with 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind Last Man Standing, for a possible seventh season, though insiders told the Hollywood Reporter that a deal could be hard to reach due to the veteran show's hefty price tag.

Insiders close to the negotiations emphasize that this is a "long-shot" and that these preliminary talks are mainly concerned with "kicking the tires" to see if it could make sense financially and creatively.

The cancellation came as a shock for many fans and Allen himself.

Last Man Standing was one of the several shows to be canceled during the upfronts season last month, but its cancellation still came as a surprise to both viewers and analysts alike, since it was still performing extremely well in the ratings week-to-week.

ABC told Fox News at the time "this was a scheduling decision", while an online petition accused the network of booting the show over its conservative values.

While the studio has reached out to the writers on the show, who had all scattered to pursue other jobs, the cast has not been approached about extending their options, which expire in two weeks.

Last Man Standing may not be dead after all.

CMT may once again swoop in to rescue a canceled ABC series.

"Last Man Standing stands out in the sea of network television sitcoms".

Tim Allen spoke out about the cancellation of Last Man Standing via social media, saying that he was "stunned" and "blindsided" by ABC.

  • Salvatore Jensen