This is so exciting!
“A deal is considered a long shot though not impossible,” Deadline reported on Wednesday, June 14, adding the show’s cast will likely have to take pay cuts if Last Man Standing moves networks.
If the deal does come to fruition, this interestingly wouldn’t be the first time CMT — which is already airing Tim’s show in syndication — has brought a canceled ABC show back to life. Fan-favorite series Nashville was axed by the network in May 2016 and CMT picked up the program just one month later.
Tim and Nancy on Last Man Standing. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
News of Last Man Standing‘s surprise cancelation first broke on Friday, May 12 — and, at the time, Tim was far from happy about ABC’s decision to nix his show. “Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years. #LastManStanding,” the comedian later wrote on Twitter.
According to Entertainment Weekly, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey defended the network’s cancelation of the show during a conference call with reporters in early May. “A large part of these jobs are managing failure and we’ve made the tough calls and canceled shows that we’d otherwise love to stay on the air. That’s the job,” Dungey said.
“I canceled Last Man Standing for the same business and scheduling reasons that I canceled Dr. Ken, The Real O’Neals, The Catch, and American Crime,” she continued.
“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,” Dungey added.
The 30-minute comedy premiered on ABC back in October 2011. The show revolved around Mike Baxter (played by Tim) — a senior executive and director of marketing for a Denver outdoor sporting goods store chain — and his family.
Last Man Standing also starred Nancy Travis as Mike’s wife, Vanessa Baxter, Amanda Fuller as eldest daughter Kristin Baxter, Molly Ephraim as middle daughter Mandy Baxter, and Kaitlyn Dever as youngest daughter Eve Baxter.
The Last Man Standing cast. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The series also featured actors Héctor Elizondo as Mike’s longtime boss, Ed Alzate, Joely Fisher as Ed’s meddling younger girlfriend, and Jay Leno as Joe Leonard, one of Mike’s co-workers.
Though several popular ABC series were recently canceled, many shows remain on the network’s 2018 lineup including American Housewife, Black-ish, Designated Survivor, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, and How to Get Away With Murder.