As for Allen, he issued a statement asking himself whether he was excited by the announcement that his show was returning to the air.
"Last Man Standing" is expected to be part of the Fox schedule in the 2018-19 season, and much to the chagrin of ABC, many viewers will be doing fist pumps as they hand Fox a mega-ratings hit. "And we have been talking to Tim through the year", she said. It really limited the opportunities to schedule Brooklyn.
"So I would say we were emboldened, I would say, by the performance of "Roseanne.' And that certainly made us think that this is a really good opportunity, that for broadcast viewers a beloved star in a really amusing multi-cam that has, again, a little bit easier entry point than a serialized comedy was a good idea".
"Last Man Standing" faced a controversial end after ABC dropped it despite high ratings, which sparked speculation that it was because the show's lead was politically conservative. It had nothing to do with Roseanne that we were interested in the first place. "It did so well, and it certainly did remind us that we have a huge iconic comedy star in our Fox family in Tim Allen".
Walden emphasized that "Last Man" was a self-starter for ABC during its six-season run with little promotional support. "Ultimately we decided we just didn't have room for it and were trying we're really happy its found a new home".
When asked if ABC's cancellation of Last Man Standing had anything to do with politics, Fox Television's other Chairman and CEO Gary Newman said it likely had more to do with vertical integration.
"It leaves you sitting in the dugout, holding a bat and puzzled", he said. "Roseanne" has made waves because star Roseanne Barr is an avowed supporter of President Donald Trump and his brand of conservatism is given voice in the revival of the blue-collar comedy.
"Tim's personal politics are not a big feature of the show and if you were to talk to Tim he would say [his character] is a centrist and the show never delved deeply into politics".
Fox's upfront event - when it will present its new shows to potential advertisers - will take place Monday afternoon at New York City's Beacon Theatre.
Following the announcement, Allen described his excitement to Fox by relating the show to a baseball game. "We always wondered how it would do if it were. prioritized more". "He and Jerrod produced a really amusing pilot". "We love this show, those are great creators, it's a phenomenal cast".