Some people are trying to argue that what ABC News did in canceling Last Man Standing was just normal business, but even the production company was shocked by the decision, saying they were expecting to be renewed.
Now they say they are looking for a new home:
VARIETY – Studio 20th Century Fox Television is looking for a new home for canceled Tim Allen comedy “Last Man Standing.”
Speaking to Variety Thursday, studio presidents Jonnie Davis and Howard Kurtzman said that they were surprised by ABC’s decision to pull the plug on the show.
“That’s the one that’s really an open sore right now,” Davis said. Kurtzman added, “We really were expecting a pickup. The fact that we didn’t get a pickup was a surprise and a disappointment. I think no one was more disappointed than Tim Allen, such a huge star with such a huge following.”
But the series, which was ABC’s second most-watched comedy last season behind “Modern Family,” may not be dead. Asked whether “Last Man Standing” would be shopped to other networks, Kurtzman said, “We’re starting to explore that. If it’s not going to go forward at ABC, of course Jonnie and I are hopeful that we can find another home for it.”
“Last Man Standing” faces an uphill climb in search of a new network. After six seasons, costs for the series are significantly higher than those for younger multi-camera comedies typically are. And the buying patterns of broadcast networks this development season showed little appetite for multi-cams among most of the Big Four.
I would love for them to get picked up by Netflix, but I don’t know if they can afford it and how much they’d be willing to spend on a show that’s already been through six seasons. But fingers crossed…