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CMT in talks to renew ABC's canceled Tim Allen sitcom

CMT in talks to renew ABC's canceled Tim Allen sitcom

Sources tell EW that the network, which saved ABC's Nashville a year ago, is in very early talks to revive the Tim Allen series, which ABC canceled in May after six seasons. One of the biggest challenges the series will face is cutting the budget on the show, as CMT is a smaller network with less money to throw around. Last Man Standing's lead-out, the comedy Dr. Ken, was also canceled.

However, the source warned, "It feels like a long shot". Insiders stress talks are in the early stages as CMT is exploring if it can revive the expensive show at a price point that works for the niche cable network.

Allen was beyond shocked by the initial cancellation, as were the show's numerous fans.

Though the show followed the sitcom formula of not featuring any major story arcs per season, the final season featured many character progressions and changes, including the marriage of Mandy and Kyle, as well as Eve struggling to figure out her future after not getting into her dream school and moving between her parents' and Eve's houses.

Last Man Standing was canceled by ABC earlier this spring, but it looks now like a network in CMT may be willing to give it second life.




Last Man Standing's popularity even led to a Change.org petition in support of the show's renewal; almost 400,000 supporters have already put down their signatures.

Adding "Last Man Standing" to their show line-up could be a seamless transition for the network as it is already carrying reruns of the program.

Last Man Standing's averages of 8.3 million viewers and a 1.7 in the key 18-49 demo would be a huge hit at CMT, and so it is possible that they could, as they did with Nashville, find a way to make the show cheap enough to bring back.

Viacom-owned CMT picked up "Nashville" with an assist from Hulu, which shared the cost to get next-day streaming rights.


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