Fox has renewed Last Man Standing for season 8. Starring Tim Allen, the sitcom follows Mike Baxter in his daily life as an executive at a sporting goods store. While immersed in testosterone in his work, Mike is happily married with three daughters and must grasp at his masculinity in a woman-dominated household.
Created by Jack Burditt, the series originally aired on ABC. The renewal marks the second season for Fox and eighth overall. Aside from Allen, Last Man Standing also stars Nancy Travis - as Mike’s wife, Vanessa Baxter - Kaitlyn Dever, Molly Ephraim, and Amanda Fuller as their daughters. Despite being one of ABC’s top-rated sitcoms, the network canceled the show in 2017 - to the dismay of fans. Discussions arose about CMT picking up Last Man Standing, but due to budget issues, the network had to decline. After an online petition from fans reached almost half a million signatures and amid a frenzy of reboots and revivals, Fox picked up Last Man Standing. The revival was met with several cast changes, including Molly McCook to replace Ephraim as one of Mike’s daughters. Today, the family multi-camera comedy celebrates its continuation.
According to Deadline, Last Man Standing will return for the eighth season. The news of renewal pairs well with the premiere of the show’s 150th episode, which airs this week. Last Man Standing segued Allen back into the television world after his run as Tim “The Toolman” Taylor on the smash hit Home Improvement. Several fans have noted the symmetry of the sitcoms and gave a nod to Allen’s roots when Jonathan Taylor Thomas - who played his son on Home Improvement- appeared in an episode of Last Man Standing. Before his spot as series regular, Allen was busy with his roles in Galaxy Quest, The Santa Clause, and the Toy Story franchise. Allen expressed his excitement at continuing his role as Mike:
“Great news for all of us who are creating these stories and working our pants off to make you all laugh. It’s another big high-five to the legions of loyal fans who have faithfully kept us front and center and huge on the radar. Thanks to our family at FOX who continue to make us feel so at home. Man, if we keep this up, they might have to call our show: Last Man Unable to Stand.”
Recently, Fox is in a slew of transitions with Disney’s recent deal to acquire certain 21st-century fox film and TV assets. While audiences are waiting with bated breath to see which shows survive, Last Man Standing is safe for next season. The show will join Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, The Simpsons, and 9-1-1 on Fox’s 2019-20 television schedule.
Last Man Standing is an example of how fans can have influence over their favorite shows. In the world of TV, there will always be budgets, politics, and mergers, but the united efforts of fans to save a series from cancellation has been impactful. Petitions were signed for Sense8 and Timeless. Social media was flooded with grievances after Brooklyn Nine-Nine was axed. Executives of Arrested Development had their mailboxes filled with fake bananas after a dismal second season. These shows, plus many others, were brought back to life. Perhaps those were who were recently upset about a cancellation can respectfully voice their opinion about it and be heard. After all, it is the fans responsible for the ratings. For now, Allen and his crew will be standing strong for another season of Last Man Standing.