In a somewhat surprising twist of fate, Fox has announced today that there are preliminary reports to bring back Last Man Standing for a seventh season. The former ABC series was canceled at the end of last season due to sagging ratings. 20th Century Fox, the production studio behind the series, has signed star Tim Allen to a new deal. The studio is now reaching out to other cast members to see if a new deal can be reached. Stars Nancy Travis and Hector Elizondo are attached to other projects, and might be difficult to re-sign.
Last Man Standing was a relatively consistent performer on ABC Friday night’s, but since the network didn’t own the rights to the series, the show was becoming costly. Noise was made after the show was canceled, with Allen claiming it was because he was a conservative. With Roseanne’s revival on ABC, it is smart for Fox to try and bring back another conservative family comedy back on air.
In other news, Netflix has announced today that its popular series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will be ending after its upcoming fourth season. A movie finale is also in the works to tie up any loose ends. The Ellie Kemper led comedy has been a critical darling, coming from 30 Rock creator Tina Fey and 30 Rock executive producer Robert Carlock.
The first six episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s fourth – and now final – season will be released on May 30th.