Fox Executives On Cancelling Brooklyn 99 And Picking Up Last Man Standing

Ebony Scott
May 16, 2018

Initially airing on ABC, "Last Man Standing" centered on the character Mike Baxter, played by Allen, a family man with three daughters trying to maintain his "manliness" in a world increasingly dominated by women.

Last week, Fox canceled several comedies on its lineup, including Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

For what it's worth, Fox chairman Dana Walden said that she and her colleagues are "really happy" Nine-Nine has already found a new home. "We love this show, those are great creators, it's a phenomenal cast". "And five years ago, when NBC passed on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, we went elsewhere". The Tim Allen comedy will serve as a lead-in for the brand-new multi-camera comedy The Cool Kids. "So once we made that decision, it just limited the opportunities we had to schedule Brooklyn, and ultimately we decided we just didn't have room for it with Thursday night football going into the fall". With Thursday Night Football, there were two fewer hours to program. Also, Last Man Standing is easier for new viewers to follow than Brooklyn Nine-Nine's serialized comedy.

In other words: We're so glad the show we broke up with met somebody else!

Fans lobbied to bring back to show after the success of "Roseanne" - which stars Roseanne Barr, a supporter of President Donald Trump, and whose main character is a Trump supporter.

The decision comes after ABC caused an uproar with the show's fans by announcing that it had been canceled despite its steady ratings (it averaged about 8.3 million weekly viewers on Friday nights when factoring in seven days of delayed viewing). "And we have been talking to Tim through the year", she said.

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Many fans of "Last Man Standing" speculated at the time that ABC axed the series over its politics, a rumor that ABC vehemently denied at the time. It's a really amusing show. Though the NBC show's rating gave them pause this year, Fox's original interest in the show didn't have anything to do with Roseanne.

Walden added that there was always wonder at the network about how "Last Man Standing" would do if it was prioritized in a way that ABC didn't, and "Roseanne" was the final push it needed.

"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. So yeah, we were emboldened, I would say, by the performance of Roseanne".

As if that news wasn't surprising enough, Allen took to Twitter to be among the first to share Fox's new teaser trailer for Season 7, the first on its new network.

"I'm not sure I think that [ABC's] cancelation had anything to do with politics, if anything, it had something more to do with vertical integration", said Gary Newman, Fox Television's other Chairman and CEO. Tim's personal politics really aren't a big feature of the show ... "We think its a amusing show and audience responded to it... and we thought there was an opportunity there for us particularly after adding Thursday Night Football".

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