Are you excited Last Man Standing is coming back to television?
During Fox's up-fronts, Chairmen and CEO of Fox Television Group Dana Walden explained why the network made a decision to pick up the Tim Allen comedy a year after its cancellation. We love this show, those are great creators, it's a phenomenal cast.
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"Everyone took a good hard look at the success of 'Roseanne, '" Fox TV CEO Dana Walden told reporters Monday. It really limited the opportunities to schedule Brooklyn.
In other words, the Fox execs are moving the blame from themselves and saying that if we want to blame anyone for the initial cancellation of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, blame Roseanne, Bob's Burgers and the NFL. "Ultimately, we decided we just didn't have room for it. we're really happy its found a new home".
Roseanne's success hinted to the network that there was still a market for that style of comedy series featuring one or two big-name comedians, like Roseanne Barr or, in Last Man Standing's case, Tim Allen.More news: Apple CEO Tim Cook Has More to Say About Facebook's Privacy Scandal
Based on author Justin Cronin's best-selling trilogy of the same name, THE PASSAGE is an epic, character-driven thriller written by Liz Heldens ("Friday Night Lights"). Walden noted Last Man Standing delivered about 8 million viewers every week on ABC with the network giving the show minimal promotion (for all its critical acclaim Brooklyn Nine-Nine, it must be noted, was averaging less than 3 million viewers). "We think it fits into our brand of comedy in many ways better than it ever fit into the Fox brand of comedy".
"We've wanted to put the show back together since its final taping a year ago, and Tim never gave up hope either". Last Man Standing has been picked up by Fox after it was cancelled past year.
"He feels very much like a Fox character, and he and Jerrod (Carmichael) produced a really amusing and appealing pilot". It had nothing to do with Roseanne that we were interested in the first place. "We always felt like for whatever reason, ABC didn't really prioritize 'Last Man Standing'". "We were emboldened by Roseanne". Executive-produced by Heldens, Emmy Award victor and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Ridley Scott ("The Martian", "Gladiator") and writer/director Matt Reeves ("Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", "Cloverfield"), THE PASSAGE focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a unsafe virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race.More news: Magic bringing Lil' Penny out of retirement for NBA Draft Lottery
Newman spoke more about what prompted ABC's cancellation, chalking it up to an unaccommodating schedule - a decision that was less political and "if anything, it had something more to do with vertical integration". "We thought that our Sunday night, young, somewhat male-leaning audience, would be a great opportunity for it".