After six seasons, Tim Allen family comedy Last Man Standing has been cancelled by ABC. Though the series has been a solid performer on Fridays, it’s not produced by ABC and ABC doesn’t have a financial arrangement with 20th Century FOX (the show’s producer) that allows them syndication revenue. Where the show was already expensive to have and heading toward contract renegotiations, and never produced a long-term comedy for the network despite its success, ABC thought it best to let it go. However, 20th is said to be shopping the show around to see if another outlet would help the show add to its episode count and, subsequently, lucrative syndication deal.
From Jack Burditt (Frasier), Last Man Standing told the story of Mike Baxter (Allen), the owner of an outdoor sporting goods store in Colorado, as he raised his three daughters with wife Vanessa. After starting out like a normal ABC family comedy, the series became much more political from its second season, one of the only outwardly conservative scripted shows on television.
In addition to Allen, Last Man Standing starred Nancy Travis (Hart of Dixie), Amanda Fuller (Grey’s Anatomy), Molly Ephraim (Paranormal Activity 2), Kaitlyn Dever (Justified), and Hector Elizondo (The Princess Diaries). With lead-out Dr. Ken said to be done, as well, ABC likely won’t have any multi-camera comedy on Fridays for the first time in quite a while.
The series finale of Last Man Standing aired this past March on ABC. The network will be revealing its plans for next season on Tuesday, May 16th. You can check out what KSiteTV thought the ABC fall schedule could look like here.