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Last Man Standing to Return? The viewers are being heard…

It was a well-loved comedy hit starring Tim Allen. But, the show relentlessly jabbed at the liberals the way the liberal media jabs at Trump. Cancelled with little explanation in 2017, it now has a chance at new life…

ABC cancelled Last Man Standing suddenly and unexpectedly in 2017 after the Season 6 finale aired. Fans were holding their breaths, waiting for word on its renewal. Instead, we were told it had been cancelled. Even Tim Allen, the show’s star, was taken by surprise.

But as it turns out, the show’s not dead, just on life support. CMT is in talks over paying to fund the show’s return. It has already done this once before, when ABC cancelled the show Nashville in May of 2016. CMT brought the show back for two more seasons so far.

MAYBE A LONG SHOT, BUT…

Will they be able to do it again with Last Man Standing? Here are the details so far:

ABC canceled the 20th Century Fox Television-produced comedy in May after six seasons.

CMT may come to the rescue of another canceled ABC series.

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.

“Last Man Standing was a challenging one for me because it was a steady performer in the ratings, but once we made the decision not to continue with comedies on Fridays, that was where we landed,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said last month during a conference call to announce the network’s fall schedule.

“There are many factors that go into the decision-making process: ratings, critical acclaim … of course we look at ownership structure,” Dungey said of the rising importance of ownership at all of the Big Four broadcast networks. Ultimately, the exec stressed that Allen’s political affiliation — he has compared being a conservative in Hollywood to “’30s Germany” — did not play a role in the decision to ax the comedy. “I wouldn’t say that was the deciding factor,” she said.

Last Man Standing had carved out a solid viewership on little-watched Friday nights. For the uninitiated, that night is typically earmarked for programming with reduced viewership expectations, where a comedy like Last Man Standing and its 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 8.3 million viewers is seen as impressive. (Those numbers would be a breakout hit on CMT.)

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