Fox Was 'Emboldened' to Revive 'Last Man Standing' After 'Roseanne' Reboot Exploded

Angelo Anderson
May 15, 2018

"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", he said.

Walden praised the cast and writing of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" but said that the decision not to renew it for another season came down to scheduling and being unable to put it on Sunday prime time, where it performed best. Walden noted Last Man Standing delivered about 8 million viewers every week on ABC with the network giving the show minimal promotion (for all its critical acclaim Brooklyn Nine-Nine, it must be noted, was averaging less than 3 million viewers). The network needed to find the right spot for it, she said. "[His character] Mike Baxter is a centrist [and] doesn't have extreme political views. We were emboldened by the response we saw on 'Roseanne.' We saw it as an opportunity to pair those two shows together on Friday night".

From exec producer Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), The Cool Kids is a multi-camera comedy about a group of three friends living in a retirement community whose lives are disrupted by a new arrival. "Ultimately, we decided we just didn't have room for it. we're really happy its found a new home".

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The new Thursday Night Football Pregame Show will be FOX Sports' first New York City-based live NFL studio show.

Fox has now spoken out about one of the most shocking renewals during this television season - its revival of ABC's Last Man Standing. Sinbad is among Howery's co-stars.


It will be joined by "The Cool Kids" and "Hell's Kitchen" to make up the network's new Friday night lineup.

"Gotham" will return at midseason for its fifth and final season. The network is also adding the drama, Proven Innocent, starring Rachelle Lefevre as a lawyer who works wrongful convictions.

New NBC fall shows include I Feel Bad, a comedy from Amy Poehler about a working mother (Sarayu Blue) who is, like all humans, imperfect; Manifest, a drama with a possibly Lost-like vibe that begins not with a plane crash, but a safe landing, after which the passengers discover the world's aged five years; and New Amsterdam, a medical drama set in New York's Bellevue.

"I was considering after the show got off I was going to move on to other stuff, like some darker movie parts", Allen continued.

In those days, 71 percent of televisions in use during prime time were tuned to either ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox, the Nielsen company said. Also, Last Man Standing is easier for new viewers to follow than Brooklyn Nine-Nine's serialized comedy. The unusual name here is Leslie Jordan - you may know him best from "Will & Grace" - who's a veteran playwright ("Sordid Lives", also a cult film) and Emmy victor, who's appeared on dozens of shows over the years. He joked about making nasty calls to NBC executives at the time; now, of course, he's "thrilled to be back". If he was, it might have been a different decision, Greenblatt said.

Touting the power of television, Linda Yaccarino said that "no family has ever gathered around a news feed before".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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