ABC abruptly cancelled the popular conservative-leaning sitcom “Last Man Standing” despite its strong ratings. Tim Allen, who created and starred in the show said it was entirely political.
Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years. #lastmanstanding
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) May 16, 2017
Allen sat down with Norm Macdonald earlier this week to discuss the cancellation, and failed deal with CMT to revive the show on their network. “I always wanted ‘Last Man Standing’ to be like ‘All in the Family,’ he said. “Archie Bunker pushed boundaries, but Carroll O’Connor was not that guy at all. Mike Baxter was version of that guy. But there’s nothing more dangerous, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative.” Perhaps his “dangerous” character is why the show was cancelled despite averaing 8.1 million weekly viewers (making it ABC’s second most viewed comedy), but we’ll never truly know. Naturally, the network denies any political motivation for ending the show.
Meanwhile, the network is adopting a new comedy pilot in the place of “Last Man Standing” called “Sanctuary Family,” and you can probably guess from the name the subject matter of the show.
As Townhall reported:
ABC is developing a comedy series about illegal immigrants called “Sanctuary Family.” The story follows a husband and wife who bicker over the chaos that is created when their illegal immigrant nanny and her family take up residence with the couple.
“The differences both families have aren’t as significant as their similarities,” the network said in a statement,
There are no trailers publicly available advertising the show, but we’re admittedly curious to see the kinds of situations this family finds themselves in.
When the show is inevitably cancelled, will the final episode conclude with a deportation? Only time will tell.