Tim Allen is still lamenting last summer’s cancellation of Last Man Standing Season 7.
Speaking on Norm Macdonald Live, the actor slammed ABC’s decision to axe the sitcom after six seasons, refusing the accept the network’s explanation that “business and scheduling reasons” put paid to its run (h/t THR):
“I always wanted Last Man Standing to be like [All in the Family‘s] Archie Bunker. 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 likeable guy and a principled guy about work and ethics and all this stuff, I think.”
Venting further, he said:
“I have no idea why they did what they did. You couldn’t have handled this worse.”
Continuing, Allen explained how he would have scheduled a seventh season:
“Second biggest show, [ABC] hadn’t won a Friday night in 15 years. They put us out to pasture on Friday and we won Friday. Big night for us. Big night for them. I would have put Roseanne after us. Use us just to launch shows, if nothing else.”
(Video via Norm Macdonald; Allen vs ABC from 34:50):
Do you agree with Allen? Did ABC make the right call? Still hoping for an unlikely future revival elsewhere?