CMT is considering a rescue of Tim Allen’s conservative sitcom, Last Man Standing — proving the network is more open-minded than the show’s previous home, ABC.
The Viacom-owned network is in preliminary talks to revive canceled Tim Allen comedy Last Man Standing. Insiders stress talks are in the early stages as CMT is exploring if it can revive the expensive show at a price point that works for the niche cable network. It’s unclear if a deal will be made as insiders cautioned that a renewal at CMT may be a long shot given the price tag on the veteran series. Also unclear is how big of a renewal the show could get as everything from a short order to multiple-season/20-episode run have been rumored. 20th TV, which has already placed calls to writers about a potential revival, and CMT declined comment.
ABC canceled the multicamera comedy after six seasons in May. The cancellation was among the biggest surprises to come from the broadcast networks during the pre-upfront decision-making period. At the time, Allen tweeted that he was “stunned” and “blindsided” by ABC’s decision.
Since the show’s cancellation, a change.org petition to bring back the sitcom has garnered almost 400,000 signatures.
If the show isn’t revived, blame its success. The high price tag associated with production is tied to the show’s ratings success at ABC — which makes its cancellation even more suspect.
Source: Hollywood Reporter