According to a report in the liberal-leaning Heatstreet, “Many therefore suspect the decision was made partly because Allen, the star of , is a high-profile conservative and plays a right-of-center character on the show. In the weeks prior to the cancellation, Allen had attended Donald Trump’s inauguration and described the feeling of being on the political right: ‘You get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody else believes. This is like ’30s Germany.'”
Viacom’s Country Music Television (CMT), which already syndicates re-runs of Last Man Standing, is reportedly in negotiations with CMT to take over what ABC dropped.
CMT has begun to fill the void of right-leaning programming to an audience that has been more than disrespected by Hollywood and the entertainment industry. Last year, they took over the canceled ABC series Nashville. Hulu assisted in the purchase by sharing the cost in exchange for next-day streaming rights.
However, the costs of the show are substantial, and CMT doesn’t have pockets nearly as deep as ABC’s vast coffers. But then there’s Viacom, so anything could happen. Allen reportedly bring in $4.2 million a year from Last Man Standing.
Citing an anonymous source, Heat Street reported that “TV Land—also owned by Viacom—turned down informal consultations to revive the show.”
The source said: “Tim Allen has historically a great relationship with TV Land—he hosted their awards show several years back. But TV Land has moved away from the multi-camera family shows that it used to specialize in airing [such as Retired at 35, Happily Divorced and The Exes] and it is now focusing on skewing to a younger demographic. So they didn’t pursue the opportunity.”
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