Fox is reportedly interested in rebooting comedian Tim Allen’s popular show, “Last Man Standing,” following the wild success of ABC’s revived sitcom, “Roseanne.”
Sources familiar with the matter told TMZ on Thursday that Fox is giving “serious consideration” to rebooting the show, whose main character — Mike Baxter, played by Allen — was politically and socially conservative.
News of the potential Fox reboot follows reports that comedian Roseanne Barr’s ABC show attracted more than 18 million viewers Tuesday night.
In January, Allen said he and his co-stars “would definitely entertain the idea of bringing the show back,” describing fans’ support as “overwhelming.”
“I know fans would love nothing more than for us to take the cover off, fire up the engine, back this car out of the garage and get it back on the highway, full-throttle,” he said at the time. “My sentiment sits in the front seat beside you.”
Despite its ratings success, “Last Man Standing” was reportedly canceled last year due to Allen’s conservative politics, though ABC has maintained it had “nothing to do” with the comedian’s worldview.
Allen compared being a conservative in Hollywood to living in Nazi Germany, TheWrap reported. In March 2017, he told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, “You gotta be real careful around here, you know. You’ll get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes.”