If Tim Allen keeps talking about “Last Man Standing,” maybe ABC will bring it back.
The actor continued railing against the network, which canceled the show after six seasons.
“I always wanted ‘Last Man Standing’ to be like Archie Bunker,” Allen said on Norm Macdonald’s podcast.
“Archie Bunker pushed boundaries, but Carroll O’Connor was not that guy at all. I am a version of that guy. But there is nothing more dangerous, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative character. He is mitigated on the show by a family of women who had a difference of opinions, but he was a likeable guy and a principled guy about work and ethics and all this stuff, I think.”
“Last Man Standing” was canceled in May, a move that ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said was a “challenging one.”
“A large part of these jobs are managing failure, and we have made the tough calls and canceled shows that we would otherwise love to stay on the air. That’s the job. I canceled ‘Last Man Standing’ for the same business and scheduling reasons that I canceled ‘Dr. Ken,’ ‘The Real O’Neals,’ ‘The Catch’ and ‘American Crime,’” she told the Hollywood Reporter.
Allen’s fans, however, insisted the cancellation was political and backlash against him personally as one of the few outspoken Republicans in Hollywood.
In March, the former “Home Improvement” star said being conservative in Hollywood is like living in Germany in the 1930s.
“You’ve gotta be real careful around here,” he said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
“You get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes. This is like ’30s Germany. I don’t know what happened. If you’re not part of the group, you know, ‘What we believe is right!’ I go, ‘Well I might have a problem with that.’ I’m a comedian, I like going on both sides.”
After the cancellation, Allen said he was “stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years.”