Don’t you love Hollywood’s hypocrisy? I think I have asked that before; but, if not – it’s hilarious.
The latest example of that hypocrisy is seen with ABC’s canceling of Tim Allen’s wildly popular and funny “Last Man Standing” sitcom. Despite the success, the network canceled the show citing “waning” viewership, according to Variety on May 10th.
The Washington Examiner, on the other hand, reported that critics of the business decision called it an evident political blow to Tim Allen and his outspoken, conservative political beliefs.
Of note, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker joined the long list of critics in calling ABC’s decision a clear political move.
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) May 11, 2017
Since the cancellation, petitions from the show’s dedicated fan base have entered the blogosphere and, frankly, are gaining traction. A Change.org petition – which has nearly 50,000 signatures – argues that:
“Last Man Standing stands out in the sea of network television sitcoms. It is a show that appeals to a broad swath of Americans who find very few shows that extol the virtues with which they can identify; namely conservative values.”
One of the petitions calls on Congress to investigate ABC for canceling the show, in addition. In all honesty, I don’t think that will happen given it being the decision of a corporation in a free market environment. On the other hand, though, the show’s cancellation has brought a major blow to the network’s weekday lineup.
Liberty Writers will monitor the state of these petitions as the story develops toward why the show was really canceled. Let’s hope we find out the network’s real reason in the coming weeks.
On a lighter note, “Last Man Standing” concludes its six-season, 130-episode run on the ABC network. In that time, the sitcom – created by producer Jack Burditt (Fraiser, 30 Rock, etc.) – garnered mixed critical response. The majority of critics ruled against the show because of its conservative message. Based on aggregate user ratings, the show has an overall rating of 7.5/10 on the Internet Movie Database and a 7.7/10 on TV.com.
Do you think there was a political motivation behind the cancellation of “Last Man Standing”? For me, the jury is still out. We need all the facts.