last man standing reboot

Fans of Tim Allen’s sitcom “Last Man Standing” were overjoyed when Fox announced plans to bring the show back one year after ABC abruptly canceled it. The sitcom had been incredibly popular on ABC because fans found it refreshing that Allen’s character was a proud conservative who supported Donald Trump.

That’s why the latest announcement about the show’s reboot has fans feeling very disappointed.

Western Journal reported that while appearing at the Television Critics Association conference, FOX TV Group chairman/CEO Gary Newman made it clear that the network is trying to make the show not nearly as conservative as it was before. When asked about Allen’s character of Mike Baxter, Newman said, “He’s a character with a conservative viewpoint,” later adding that he sees the character as having a “fairly centrist viewpoint.”

Producers say that Baxter will not be taking a stand about Trump one way or the other, which means they are not taking the opportunity to give a voice to the millions of Trump supporters that live in this country. Since the cancellation of “Roseanne” earlier this summer, Trump supporters have once again found themselves not being represented on any television show. This reboot was a prime opportunity to effectively represent this group of voters, but the network is refusing to take it.

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On top of that, “Last Man Standing” is adding a Chinese foreign exchange student, who naturally comes from a communist nation whose political system is everything that Baxter is against. We highly doubt that the network will allow Baxter to talk about the human rights violations the Chinese government committed throughout the entire twentieth century.

Allen himself has always been an outspoken conservative, so we were hoping that he would continue to bring his viewpoints to his show. He has previously opened up about how difficult it is to be a conservative in Hollywood.

“You’ve gotta be real careful around here,” Allen told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel last year when he was asked about attending the Trump inauguration. “You get beat up if 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.”

We would guess that Allen fought as hard as he could for “Last Man Standing” to continue to be a conservative show, only to be shot down by liberal television executives. It seems that Allen is once again learning how difficult it is to be a conservative in Hollywood.

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