Is Tim Allen the latest conservative casualty caused by the anti-Trump media bias? ABC has cancelled its Tim-Allen sitcom “Last man Standing” after six seasons. The sitcom starred Allen as Mike Baxter, a marketing director for a sporting goods store who happened to be politically conservative. The show, which had good reviews, may have been the only broadcast network sitcom that would appeal to conservative, blue-collared America. Allen noted how odd the show really was since it was written by liberal writers.
A recent episode found Mike Baxter (Allen’s character) blasting politically correct “microaggressions” and helping his daughter draft a graduation speech: “To quote future Nobel Prize winner Lee Greenwood, ‘I’m proud to be an American.’ Not just because I have the right to speak my mind or carry an awesome gun, but because it’s the land of opportunity. Some whiny babies might not think so, but in America, if you work hard, anyone can be successful.”
Tim Allen considers himself a conservative. He has expressed support for President Trump. In March Allen shared on the Jimmy Kimmel show that he attended Trump’s inauguration. He also said that conservatives in Hollywood need to be “real careful” when discussing their political beliefs.
Fans of “The Last Man Standing” were surprised to hear of its cancellation. The ratings had reportedly been solid, averging 6.4 million viewers in the final season. They carried a 1.2 rating among adults ages 18-49 which are strong numbers for a Friday night comedy. The show also performed exceptionally well in syndication. What made this even more confusing was that the cancellation came after ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey told a London media summit that broadcast networks were not paying enough attention to the television viewers who helped elect Donald Trump as president. “With our dramas, we have a lot of shows that feature very well-to-do, well-educated people, who are driving very nice cars and living in extremely nice places,” Dungey said. “There is definitely still room for that, and we absolutely want to continue to tell those stories because wish-fulfillment is a critical part of what we do as entertainers,” she continued. “But in recent history we haven’t paid enough attention to some of the true realities of what life is like for everyday Americans in our dramas.”
When the news of the show’s cancellation hit the public, everyday Americans hit social media like a storm.
@ABCNetwork cancels “Last Man Standing” even thought it had above average ratings. Can’t tell me the media isn’t one-sided.
— Aaron (@ShadowTruex) May 11, 2017
@bfraser747 @dsshep1959 @ChristieC733 @LeahR77 @steph93065 @SpecialKMB1969 @LouDobbs @DonaldJTrumpJr @EricTrump @KamVTV @DrMartyFox ABC cancels Last Man Standing because of Tim Allen’s political views and the support of Donald Trump
— POTUS Trump Jerry (@NASCAR4280) May 11, 2017
@ABCNetwork cancelled Last Man Standing for politics. You just lost a viewer for all of your shows. No ABC in my home.
— Mark (@MarkDucker109) May 11, 2017
@LastManABC can’t believe they have cancelled this show. One of the funniest family shows in TV.
— The Chuck®????? (@cjnotoj) May 11, 2017
ABC cancelled Last Man Standing despite high ratings. @ofctimallen PLEASE produce the show without ABC, Netflix original maybe???
— Joanna Rodriguez (@joannabalesca) May 11, 2017
Do you think there was political bias in the decision to cancel this popular show?