Fox has just released the first teaser for its revival of Last Man Standing, the Tim Allen sitcom canceled by ABC last year.
This new promo, which is just 15 seconds long, is quite meta. In it, Mike and Vanessa Baxter are sitting around a campfire, and Vanessa takes note of a fox off camera. Mike makes her repeat the word “fox” several times before turning to the camera and saying, “Somebody’s gonna be happy you said that three times,” referencing the fact that the series has moved from ABC to Fox.
Fox had previously released a short teaser for the revival of Last Man Standing, but this was more of an announcement than an actual teaser, as it just consisted of clips from the first six seasons.
One of the characters featured prominently in that video isn’t actually going to be in the new season, though: Mandy, played by Molly Ephraim from Season 1 through Season 6. Although Mandy is a major character, Ephraim reportedly chose not to return when contracts for the revival were being negotiated.
In addition, Flynn Morrison isn’t going to return as Boyd, once again because the actor reportedly chose not to sign a new contract. Both roles are expected to be recast.
Finally, we might be seeing a bit less of Eve. According to TV Line, Kaitlyn Dever is negotiating a contract that would have her return on a recurring basis. She has a pretty busy schedule, having recently been cast in a Netflix miniseries, Unbelievable, which also stars Toni Collette.
The rest of the cast is confirmed to return for the new season, though, which will continue where things left off in Season 6. The most recent episode aired on March 31st, 2017, with ABC announcing not long after that the show had been canceled.
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The cancellation of Last Man Standing sparked an outcry among fans, especially those on the right, who accused ABC of axing it for political reasons; the main character, Mike Baxter, is a conservative, as is Tim Allen in real life. At the time, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said it was just because the network decided to stop airing comedies on Fridays and had no other place for the show.
Fans hoped another network would pick up Last Man Standing for Season 7, but nothing happened for a while. Then, in early 2018, Roseanne hit the airwaves and become an absolute phenomenon. Here was a sitcom centered around a conservative character, played by a conservative comedian, drawing historic ratings, and every other network immediately asked themselves how they could get their own Roseanne.
Well, it just so happened that Last Man Standing was produced by 20th Century Fox Television, and so Fox’s natural way to capitalize on the Roseanne hype was to revive Tim Allen’s show. Indeed, that’s what happened. The president of Fox Television Group, Dana Walden, has outright admitted that Last Man Standing came back as a direct result of Roseanne‘s success.
We don’t know a lot about what will actually happen in Season 7 of Last Man Standing, but it will be interesting to see how it tackles recent political issues, especially because the show didn’t actually do a lot focused on Donald Trump’s election in its last stretch of episodes. Allen himself has confirmed that the new season will continue to deal with topical issues, especially gun control.
Last Man Standing Season 7 will premiere on September 28th at 8:00 on Fox.
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