“Last Man Standing” is planting its feet once again on Friday nights.
The Tim Allen comedy will return to its longtime perch at the end of the week in its return to television, this time on Fox — one of only three new scripted-series entries in the fall schedule that the broadcast network unveiled Monday. The multicam comedy, produced by 20th Century Fox Television, was canceled by ABC at the end of the 2016-17 season.
“Last year when ‘Last Man Standing’ was canceled, we really looked for an oppotunity to move it to our schedule and we just didn’t have the right show to pair it with, we didn’t have the right opportunity for it,” Gary Newman, CEO of Fox Television Group, told reporters on a conference call Monday. He added, “Kind of emboldened by what we saw with ‘Reoseanne,’ we saw an opportunity to pair those to shows together on Friday night,” where “Lat Man Standing” will lead into new multicam “The Cool Kids.
Other announcements included the news that newly-ordered thriller “The Passage” and Danny Strong’s legal drama “Proven Innocent,” along with Seth MacFarlane’s “The Orville” and the fifth and final season of “Gotham” are all set for midseason premieres; a live musical production of “Rent” will air on Jan. 27, 2019, and “Cosmos: Possible Worlds” edition will debut next spring.
The network is also ready for its addition of “Thursday Night Football,” whose pregame show will be FOX Sports’ first New York City-based live NFL studio show. (Excerpt) Read more in: The Wrap & Variety