Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Tim Allen: Expect centrist ‘Last Man,’ not vocal Trump fan

Tim Allen: Expect centrist ‘Last Man,’ not vocal Trump fan

In fact, Allen reveals that he and the Last Man writing staff were actually disappointed when Hillary Clinton lost to Trump in the 2016 election... because they had so much material saved up.

At the Television Critics Association's 2018 summer tour Fox's CEOs, Dana Walden and Gary Newman, had a frank discussion about Last Man Standing's new life on Fox, how Roseanne's popularity influenced Fox's decision to pick up the series, and whether or not Tim Allen's character is a Trump supporter.

Along with discussing Barr, Allen also spoke about how as a stand-up comedian, he has had to dial his content back a bit in recent times, admitting that he even warns his audiences who attend his shows that the language he uses may be sensitive in nature.

"We really planned, like so many other people, that Mrs. Clinton would have been president, so we had a bank of stuff going on there", Allen said.

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Still, don't expect Last Man Standing 2.0 to be exactly the same. "We really thought it was canceled too soon and it was more about ABC wanting the opportunity to program Friday night with its own studios". "We consider ourselves a family show with a traditional character at the center of it, which is only unusual in today's environment". The show was cancelled due to an offensive tweet Roseanne posted about Obama's former aide Valerie Jarrett. "I know Barr, and she's just not that person".

A spin-off, "The Conners", will air this coming season on ABC with the "Roseanne" cast minus Barr.

"Last Man Standing" will return for a seventh season on FOX in September.

"I've said this a couple of times, I'm not the character I play", Allen said.

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"I think of the character as a fairly centrist viewpoint", Newman explains. Fans clamoured for more, and Fox announced its decision last May to revive the show produced by sibling 20th Century Fox Television.

When further pressed about whether or not ABC made the right call by terminating Barr after her comments, Allen added, "They had to do what they had to do, and that's their decision". But he emphasizes that the show won't play political favorites: "We want both sides to think it's amusing".

'(Last Man Standing) was a challenging one for me because it was a steady performer in the ratings, ' Dungey said.

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