Will any network take a stand for "Last Man Standing"?
Fans upset over the cancellation of ABC's "Last Man Standing" won't be happy to hear that both NBC and CMT have passed on the program -- despite a viral petition for its revival boasting nearly 400,000 signatures.
The series, starring Tim Allen, would've been entering its seventh season had ABC not chosen to axe it. The decision sparked major backlash, with many fans accusing the network of discriminating against Allen's conservative politics. Both real-life Allen and his on-screen character are Republicans.
However, ABC has maintained that the cancellation was about scheduling logistics, not politics -- and NBC and CMT offered similarly business-only explanations.
A source told Fox News that NBC won't pick up the show "because they have too many shows" right now and their schedule is jam-packed. The network "already turned down 4-5 shows they wanted for next year because there's no space." (20th Century Fox, which falls under the same ownership as Fox News, has the rights to "Last Man Standing.")
Meanwhile, CMT was also considering a pickup, but it all came down to the money: The network "couldn't come to terms on the financials." As of late, the discussions "aren't moving forward." CMT currently airs reruns of the show.
Allen himself was shocked by ABC's decision, tweeting, "Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years." A notable 66,000 people liked the tweet.