Comedy with Martin Mull among few new fall shows for Fox

'Last Man Standing' Star Tim Allen Teases the Show's Return

The network announced on Friday the mutli-cam comedy has been picked up for a new season, roughly one year after its cancellation by ABC caused an uproar among some, who alleged star Tim Allen's conservative political views played a part in the network's decision to ax the series. Fox emerged as the top candidate since the show is produced by sister company 20th Century Fox TV.

Fox only gave the green light to two new dramas, both on the bench for midseason: "The Passage", executive producer Ridley Scott's series about a federal agent (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) who becomes a surrogate father to a 10-year-old girl at the center of tests at a top-secret government medical facility; and "Proven Innocent", a legal drama that focuses on a wrongful conviction firm (Rachelle Lefevre, Russell Hornsby, Nikki M. James and Vincent Kartheiser star). "Tim's personal politics are not a big feature of the show and if you were to talk to Tim he would say [his character] is a centrist and the show never delved deeply into politics", he said.

A fan of all of these, I can see Fox's point here, but their additional comments are what really get past the exec-speak and into the real reasons why the series was canceled.

"Last Man Standing" averaged 8.3 million viewers for ABC during the 2016-2017. Now, Fox has announced that it's bringing a cancelled comedy back to the airwaves more than a year after it was cancelled.

"He and Jerrod produced a really amusing and appealing pilot, and we thought our Sunday night, young, somewhat male-leaning audience would be a great opportunity for it".

For all of the talk and headlines about this renewal, Last Man Standing will be premiering during the dreaded Friday night slot. When I heard the offer to create more episodes of Last Man Standing, I did a fist pump so hard I threw my back out.

Rel (Sunday, 9:30 p.m. ET) In a setup that's inspired by his real life, Howery plays Lil Rel, a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to "always believe in yourself and great things will come". Tuesdays; and "I Feel Bad", a comedy produced by Amy Poehler, at 9:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the cop comedy from Parks and Recreation creator Michael Schur, was cancelled. The network has yet to make a decision on the fates of "Ghosted" and "L.A.to Vegas".

Wednesday will pair music-oriented dramas "Empire" at 8 p.m. and "Star" at 9.

While Dana Walden, Chairman and CEO of Fox Television Group, said Fox's initial interest in the series "had nothing to do with 'Roseanne, '" the working class family sitcom's stellar ratings did not go unnoticed when they were eyeing their own revival. Following the season, Seth MacFarlane's sci-fi send-up "The Orville" will return for a second season on that night.

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