ABC made waves in conservative media earlier this year when they canceled the television show, “Last Man Standing” starring former “Home Improvement” actor Tim Allen. The show saw Allen playing Mike Baxter, a well off partner in an outdoor sporting goods company who had socially conservative ideas that regularly became part of the show’s plot.
Many felt that the show was canceled for its pro-conservative and pro-Trump episodes despite high ratings for its time slot.
Until today, the actor has been largely silent on the subject of the cancellation, so far Allen has only posted a single tweet about the cancellation.
Several months later Allen once again weighed in on the cancellation saga when he recently appeared on Norm McDonald live and the host asked about the cancellation of the show. Allen finally said that he believes it was politics that resulted in popular sitcom getting the axe:
“I always wanted ‘Last Man Standing’ to be like Archie Bunker. Archie Bunker pushed boundaries, but Carroll O’Connor was not that guy at all. I am a version of that guy. But there is nothing more dangerous, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative character. He is mitigated on the show by a family of women who had a difference of opinions, but he was a likeable guy and a principled guy about work and ethics and all this stuff, I think.”
A petition circulating online has reached nearly half a million signatures to bring the show back, but based on negotiations with several networks it seems that there is little to no chance of that happening.
The text of the petition states:
Despite consistently high rankings, especially considering the time slot in which it is aired, Tim Allen’s show “Last Man Standing” has been cancelled by the network on which it is aired, ABC.
Last Man Standing stands out in the sea of network television sitcoms. It is a show that appeals to a broad swath of Americans who find very few shows that extol the virtues with which they can identify; namely conservative values.
Last Man Standing was not just selling conservative ideals though, as some of the characters in the show are clearly of the liberal persuasion, yet the characters on the show all manage to get along and take care of one another, despite their politically opposed views. The show is about more than politics though, it is about family. In fact, politics is only a secondary part of the show, but one in which many Americans can readily identify.
Last Man Standing is one of the only shows on broadcast television, and the only sitcom, that is not constantly shoving liberal ideals down the throats of the viewers. And sadly, that is likely the real reason the show has been cancelled.
The intent of this petition/boycott is to attempt to get ABC to renew the show. With that in mind, I will no longer be watching any ABC shows. I have cancelled the DVR settings for the other ABC shows that I regularly watch. If you want to help try to save Last Man Standing, I encourage you to do the same. Even if you are not willing to boycott the network, but still want to save the show, please sign this petition and share it. If you do plan to boycott ABC, please say so when you sign. Let them hear our voices.
For their part, ABC has claimed that the cancelation was just business as usual in the TV business and had nothing to do with politics. From an interview in Variety:
“’Last Man Standing’ was a challenging one for me, because it was a steady performer,” said Channing Dungey, ABC Entertainment President. “Once we made the decision not to continue with comedy on Friday, it was just kind of that’s where we landed.” She made her remarks on a conference call with reporters. ABC’s Friday lineup will be stacked with two one-hour super-hero dramas, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “The Inhumans,” along with the news program “20/20.”
Dungey said she used the same criteria in considering the future of “Last Man Standing” as she did in examining what to do with other canceled series, like “The Catch,” “The Real O’Neals,” and “American Crime.” She also said studio ownership, future creative direction, ratings and viewer engagement were factors she considered in making her decision.
The full interview with Allen can be viewed on McDonald’s Youtube channel: