Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” might not have made its last stand after all. Allen revealed that he was “stunned and blindsided” by news that ABC canceled the show after six seasons, considering it’s become an even bigger hit in syndication. Fans suspect politics may be behind it. Disney/ABC is notoriously liberal, while Allen is an outspoken conservative who mocks the PC fascism of Hollywood. “LMS” isn’t just ABC’s second-highest-rated sitcom, it’s also the only network sitcom centered on a Christian conservative who humorously bashes liberals – unlike most other sitcoms that promote a leftwing agenda.
ABC claims it’s just economics: a long-running hit costs a lot to produce, and they don’t own the show, so they don’t get syndication money to make the continued expense worth it. But that isn’t cutting any ice with conservative fans who are already criminally underserved by the networks. A Change.org petition has garnered (at last count) over 200,000 signatures; and it doesn’t just demand the show be renewed but signers vow to boycott all ABC programming until it is (of course, we all know conservative consumer boycotts don’t hurt their target. Just ask Target.) A similar petition at PetitionCongress.org demands a Congressional investigation of ABC to see if politics are behind the show's cancellation, but I think we already have too many calls for congressional investigations of things that are laughable.
This puts ABC in a delicate situation, but here’s my suggestions for how they could get out of it. If they, and the other networks, actually aired more than one show a week that reflected the tastes and opinions of the 70% of Americans (according to Gallup) who identify as either conservative or moderate, maybe viewers wouldn’t get so upset when they canceled that one non-liberal show.