ABC Renews ‘Last Man Standing,’ Picks Up Minnie Driver Pilot ‘Speechless’ to Series

“Speechless” hails from Scott Silveri of “Friends”


ABC has renewed the Tim Allen sitcom “Last Man Standing” for a sixth season. The Disney broadcaster has also picked up the Minnie Driver pilot “Speechless” (pictured) to series.

“Friends” alum Scott Silveri will write and executive produce the new 20th Century Fox TV and ABC Studios show, alongside Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar. “Speechless” follows Maya DiMeo (Driver) — a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband, Jimmy, and her kids — Ray, Dylan and JJ, her eldest son with special needs — per ABC. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for itself, and searches for just the right person to give JJ his “voice.”

The new project also stars John Ross Bowie as Jimmy DiMeo, Mason Cook as Ray DiMeo, Micah Fowler as JJ DiMeo, Kyla Kennedy as Dylan DiMeo and Cedric Yarbrough as Kenneth.

Meanwhile, over on “Last Man Standing,” Allen’s Mike Baxter will return next season to face new challenges, the network began, as he continues to be surrounded by forces seeking to test his ideas on just about everything in which he strongly believes.

“Last Man Standing” stars Allen, Nancy Travis as Vanessa Baxter, Molly Ephraim as Mandy Baxter, Kaitlyn Dever as Eve Baxter, Amanda Fuller as Kristin Baxter, Jordan Masterson as Ryan Vogelson, Christophe Sanders as Kyle Anderson, Flynn Morrison as Boyd Baxter, Jonathan Adams as Chuck Larabee and Hector Elizondo as Ed Alzate.

The sitcom was created by Jack Burditt and is executive produced by Matt Berry, Allen, Martin Adelstein, Becky Clements, Shawn Levy, Richard Baker, Rick Messina, Kevin Abbott, Kevin Hench and Michael Shipley, and is from 20th Century Fox Television.

ABC was busy on Thursday, canceling “The Muppets,” “Galavant,” “Castle,” “The Family,” “Nashville” and “Agent Carter.”

On the positive side, the network did renew “American Crime,” “The Real O’Neals,” and “The Catch.”

Other new series ordered by ABC recently include “Downward Dog,” “The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport,” “Imaginary Mary,” “Conviction,” “Time After Time,” “Notorious” and “Designated Survivor.”