There’s a lot of grumbling in conservative circles this week about ABC cancelling Tim Allen’s sitcom, “Last Man Standing.” That’s understandable: it’s just about the only show in prime time that presents a conservative point of view without attacking it and makes fun of PC liberals. Since going into syndication, it’s become even more popular. New episodes pull over 8 million viewers, and it’s ABC’s second-highest-rated sitcom and third most-watched scripted show overall. No wonder that fans smell political retribution in the firing and suspect ABC’s liberal corporate owner, Disney, of punishing Allen for attending Trump’s Inaugural and speaking out against rigid leftwing Hollywood group-think.
On the other hand, insiders claim it’s more a matter of economics: the network doesn’t own the show, so they won’t get syndication fees from new episodes to cover the rising costs of producing more. CBS just canceled the still-popular “Two Broke Girls” for the same reason, and nobody can suggest that’s a conservative show.
Still, you’d have to be from another planet to think the networks haven’t used their programming decisions to try to push a liberal social agenda onto viewers who just want entertainment. For instance, they seem to believe there are as many gay, lesbian and transgender people for real as you’d think there were from all the media attention they get. So they’ve launched lots of shows on that theme, only to see them crash and burn. Here’s a walk down memory lane to revisit 10 times Americans rejected propaganda disguised as bad TV shows.
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