Cancellation is a natural part of the TV circle of life — unless that show is “Last Man Standing”, that is, in which case the cancellation is proof of a vast liberal conspiracy aimed at kicking outspoken Hollywood conservative Tim Allen off network television.
That seems to be the underlying belief driving a petition calling for ABC to un-cancel the sitcom, which won’t be returning to the network lineup after a healthy six-season run.
The petition, which calls for a boycott of the entire network if “Last Man Standing” isn’t returned to the network schedule, has garnered more than 70,000 signatures at time of writing.
“’Last Man Standing’ stands out in the sea of network television sitcoms. It is a show that appeals to a broad swath of Americans who find very few shows that extol the virtues with which they can identify; namely conservative values,” reads the petition.
“’Last Man Standing’ was not just selling conservative ideals though, as some of the characters in the show are clearly of the liberal persuasion, yet the characters on the show all manage to get along and take care of one another, despite their politically opposed views,” the petition continues, adding that the sitcom is one of the few shows on television “that is not constantly shoving liberal ideals down the throats of the viewers. And sadly, that is likely the real reason the show has been canceled.”
Hopes that ABC may change its mind have likely been bolstered by shocking turn of events surrounding “Timeless”, with NBC cancelling the Vancouver-shot time-travel drama and then reversing its decision the following morning, a move that took even cast and producers by surprise.
But that doesn’t seem to be the case. ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey defended the decision to cancel the show in a conference call on Tuesday. “A large part of these jobs are managing failure and we’ve made the tough calls and cancelled shows that we’d otherwise love to stay on the air,” she said.
Dungey pointed out how Tim Allen’s show wasn’t the only series on the chopping block. “That’s the job. I cancelled ‘Last Man Standing’ for the same business and scheduling reasons that I cancelled ‘Dr. Ken’, ‘The Real O’Neals’, ‘The Catch’ and ‘American Crime’.
“And ‘Last Man Standing’ was a challenging one for me because it was a steady performer in the ratings, but once we made the decision not to continue with comedies on Fridays, that was where we landed.”