Fox defends axing Brooklyn Nine-Nine and reviving Last Man Standing

Fox defends axing Brooklyn Nine-Nine and reviving Last Man Standing

Samberg, star of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine", appeared onstage at NBC's presentation to express enthusiasm about NBC picking up the show after it was cancelled by Fox. Ultimately we felt like we didn't have the exact right place to schedule it this year.

Tim Allen is not the only Last Man Standing star excited to be back on the show. It performed best in our Sunday night lineup.

LA to Vegas is the only single-camera comedy left standing at the network after a bloodbath of cuts last week, including the cancellation of The Mick, The Last Man on Earth, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

"Last Man Standing" faced a controversial end after ABC dropped it despite high ratings, which sparked speculation that it was because the show's lead was politically conservative. We wanted to give Bob's Burgers an opportunity to have a plum time period and really grow. I think if you were to talk to Tim and our showrunners, they would say Mike Baxter is a centrist. It really limited the opportunities to schedule Brooklyn.

The biggest change at Fox will be the addition of Thursday Night Football in the fall, pushing Seth MacFarlane's The Orville into a midseason return on December 30.

Many fans of "Last Man Standing" speculated at the time that ABC axed the series over its politics, a rumor that ABC vehemently denied at the time. The show will return to Friday nights this fall.

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It nearly seemed that the unbelievable run of quite possibly the funniest show on television would end without a fight from anyone but the actors and the fans - at least until NBC stepped in and picked the show up. Plus, she said, "ABC didn't really prioritize" the series and it still earned about 8 million viewers every week; so Fox execs are curious to see happens when they put marketing muscle behind it.

Still, Walden stressed that the success of "Roseanne" wasn't the sole factor for giving Allen, 64, the green light. We always wondered how it would do if it was given a better opportunity and prioritized more in terms of a network's marketing agenda. It had clocked an average of 8.5 million viewers on the Disney-owned network "with very little promotion", she noted. It had nothing to do with Roseanne that we were interested in the first place. "We were emboldened by Roseanne".

ABC denied Allen's political views played a role in its decision, saying the show's cancellation was motivated by "business and scheduling reasons".

And this, for "Gotham" fans: Fox announced a new, and final, 13-episode season.

"If anything, it had more to do with vertical integration", he insisted, adding, "Tim's personal politics are not a big feature of the show" which "never delved deeply" into politics. "We think its a amusing show and audience responded to it... and we thought there was an opportunity there for us particularly after adding Thursday Night Football".

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