Fox Pursued ‘Last Man Standing’ Even Before It Was ‘Emboldened’ by ‘Roseanne’

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | May 14, 2018 | 3:59 PM EDT


The Fox network had been trying to pick up Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” ever since ABC cancelled it – but, the success of “Roseanne” sealed the deal, a Fox executive said Monday.

Touting the network’s new Fall lineup, Fox Television Group Chair and CEO Dana Walden told reporters Fox had tried to pick up Allen’s conservative-friendly show last year, well before it saw the huge success of the like-minded “Roseanne” revival. But, once “Roseanne” proved to be a monster hit, Fox was “emboldened” to make the acquisition a reality and give it the “priority” it deserves, Entertainment Weekly reports:

“Obviously I think everyone took a good hard look at the performance of Roseanne,” Walden said.It did so well and it certainly did remind us that we have a huge iconic comedy star in our fox family in Tim Allen. We’ve been talking to Tim throughout the year. We tried to move Last Man Standing over last year when ABC decided not to move forward. It’s a really funny show.

“It had nothing to do with Roseanne that we were interested in the first place. We always felt like ABC didn’t really prioritize Last Man Standing. We always wondered how it would do if it was given a better opportunity and prioritized more in terms of a network’s agenda. We were emboldened by Roseanne.”

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