CMT is in preliminary talks to revive the Tim Allen comedy “Last Man Standing” following the show’s cancellation at ABC. If successful, the multi-camera sitcom would return for a seventh season, though an individual close to the matter told TheWrap that a deal would be a longshot. CMT declined to comment.
ABC’s decision to cancel the 20th Century Fox Television-produced series came as one of the biggest surprises of the network’s upfront presentation in May. Should CMT pick up the series, it would be its second ABC revival, after having revived the Connie Britton-led “Nashville” last year.
After news of the cancellation first broke, Allen took to Twitter to say that he was “stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years.” Fans who were similarly surprised by the move launched a petition to boycott ABC, hailing the show’s “conservative values.”
In a conference call with reporters last month, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey denied that politics had anything to do with the decision. “Once we made the decision not to continue with comedy on Friday, it was just kind of that’s where we landed,” she said, attributing the decision to end the show to “business and scheduling reasons.”
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.