The left has had a stranglehold on the culture for years.
The McCarthyism of the 1950s to root out actual communists in Hollywood has reversed itself to a point where conservatives have to meet in secret, and even in disguise.
But the breakaway success of the “Roseanne” revival gave steam to another conservative-leaning show that’s primed to make a big comeback.
Outspoken conservative Tim Allen had his sitcom “Last Man Standing” canceled despite very successful ratings.
However, Fox is in talks to acquire the show from ABC to relaunch it, as there is clearly an audience starving for content different from the cookie-cutter liberal copies on the air.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
ABC’s loss is Fox’s gain.
A year after Disney-owned ABC canceled the Tim Allen comedy Last Man Standing, Fox is in early talks to revive the multicamera effort for a seventh season. Allen, sources say, has signed on and has been — with producers 20th Century Fox Television — the driving force behind the revival. Discussions are also underway with producers and stars from the former ABC comedy to return. Insiders stress the talks are on the early side and could break down ahead of the network’s May 14 upfront presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers. Fox and 20th Century Fox Television declined comment.
Fox’s move to bring it back would, at least for now, give the network ownership of the comedy (should a deal close). At the time of Last Man’s cancellation, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey stressed that the show’s ownership structure — the network had to pay a sizable licensing fee to 20th TV — was behind her decision to drop it. Also playing a role in its cancellation was the fact that Allen’s contract was up after season six and a new deal would have increased the cost of the aging series at a time when ABC was poised to shoulder a larger share of the price tag on the show. Dungey emphasized the cancellation had nothing to do with Allen’s political affiliation after the actor compared being a conservative in Hollywood to “’30s Germany.” The actor has since voiced his support for President Donald Trump (and attended his inauguration).
When Last Man Standing was canceled last May, it ranked as ABC’s second-most-watched comedy (behind only Modern Family). Since then, the TV landscape has changed following the blockbuster ratings success ABC found with its Roseanne revival. Roseanne’s ratings have illustrated the larger value of programming shows for middle America. Starring Roseanne Barr, who has been vocal about her support for the president, the Roseanne revival made the debate over Trump part of its storyline as it looks to explore subjects facing working-class America and open a larger dialogue. Dungey, for her part, has been vocal about ABC’s need to program to audiences that go beyond affluent white viewers with series including Roseanne. (Fox on Wednesday also picked up a pilot about a family set in middle America that is in contention for midseason.)
For his part, Allen — who played conservative Mike Baxter, the father of three girls on the family comedy — has remained vocal about his disappointment over ABC’s cancellation of his show. “I always wanted Last Man Standing to be like [All in the Family’s] Archie Bunker,” Allen said in September. “Archie Bunker pushed boundaries, but Carroll O’Connor was not that guy at all. I am a version of that guy. But there is nothing more dangerous, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative character. He is mitigated on the show by a family of women who had a difference of opinions, but [Mike Baxter] was a likable guy and a principled guy about work and ethics and all this stuff.”
Allen acknowledged the revival Thursday on Twitter:
They heard all your voices people!! LMS just might be a reality. Keep it up. Who wants more #LastManStanding ?
The convoluted excuse of the show costing too much money while Allen’s contract was up doesn’t wash.
It’s almost unheard of for a top-rated sitcom to get pulled when the lead actor wants to continue. Plus the network didn’t hit a negation impasse with Allen before canceling the show.
Nevertheless, the people have spoken, and it looks like more much-needed conservative voices are joining the fight for America’s culture.