On Friday, Fox made an announcement that left fans of the show Last Man Standing rejoicing. The show, which was canceled by ABC last year, has been picked up for a new season. Many were furious when the series was abandoned by ABC, particularly since it was one of only a few shows to feature conservative political views.
Addressing whether he was “excited” about the announcement, “Excited?” said the show’s star Tim Allen in a statement after the announcement. “Team [Last Man Standing] 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,” he added. “Now we get the news from FOX that it’s time to get back out on that diamond – hell yes, I’m excited.”
According to a report by CNN, the new season of the series is anticipated to air on Fox as part of the 2018-2019 television season.
The sitcom was originally canceled by ABC in May 2017, drawing ire from many and leading to multiple petitions begging for the show’s return.
At the time of the series’ cancellation, Allen tweeted, “Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years.”
ABC denied that Allen’s political views or those associated with the show motivated the decision, stating it was driven by “business and scheduling reasons.”
However, some debated that reasoning based on the show’s success. Last Man Standing averaged 8.3 million viewers in the 2016-2017 television season, making it the second most-watched comedy on the network, being led only by Modern Family.
Network ownership may have played a role in the cancellation, as the show was produced by 20th Century Fox Television for ABC, so it wasn’t being created at an ABC in-house studio.
The decision to bring the show back could also be an effect of the success of the Roseanne reboot, which also features conservative viewpoints.
“I’m sure audiences will be curious to see what we look like after all these years,” said Allen in his statement. “Oh, has it only been one year? Well, just goes to show you – a lot can happen in a year.”