Tim Allen and his conservative comedy, “Last Man Standing,” may be coming back very soon.
But not on ABC where it originated — but on CMT.
CMT is in “preliminary talks” about reviving the show dropped by ABC – despite strong rating – though cost is a major obstacle, according to The Hollywood Reporter (THR):
“CMT may come to the rescue of another canceled ABC series. The Viacom-owned network is in preliminary talks to revive canceled Tim Allen comedy Last Man Standing. 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.”
The show would be considered a hit at CMT if it could recapture most of the audience it was drawing on ABC before cancellation, THR reports:
“Last Man Standing had carved out a solid viewership on little-watched Friday nights. For the uninitiated, that night is typically earmarked for programming with reduced viewership expectations, where a comedy like Last Man Standing and its 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 8.3 million viewers is seen as impressive. (Those numbers would be a breakout hit on CMT.)”
What’s more, the show appears to fit nicely into the network’s current programming strategy:
“CMT would be a natural new home for Last Man Standing, as the network sees strong returns from syndicated repeats of the comedy. The series would also help bolster CMT’s increased push for scripted originals, which includes Still the King.”
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