Actor Tim Allen and his wife Jane arrive for the Elton John Aids Foundation's 25th annual Academy Awards viewing party in Los Angeles on February 26, 2017. Fox is in talks to bring back Allen's sitcom "Last Man Standing" for a seventh season. File Photo by Howard Shen/UPI | License Photo
May 3 (UPI) -- Tim Allen hinted on Twitter Thursday that a fan campaign to revive his canceled family sitcom Last Man Standing has been successful.
"They heard all your voices people!! LMS just might be a reality. Keep it up. Who wants more #LastManStanding?" Allen tweeted.
Allen said last year he was blindsided by ABC's decision to cancel his show after six seasons, despite its good ratings and loyal fan base. The series remains popular in re-runs on CMT and WGN America, and supporters have circulated petitions in an effort to persuade various networks to make fresh episodes.
The Hollywood Reporter said Thursday Fox is in early talks to bring the show back for a seventh season. While Allen is committed to star, the network is now talking to the other LMS cast members to see if they will return.
The series is about a conservative, church-going Colorado man who is married with three adult daughters and in charge of marketing for a chain of outdoor, sporting-goods outlets. It co-starred Nancy Travis as his wife and Hector Elizondo as the stores' owner. The ensemble also included Amanda Fuller, Molly Ephraim, Kaitlyn Dever and Christoph Sanders.
"We didn't design it like this, like we are different from everybody else, but Last Man Standing, in syndication now, it can go anywhere. It can be at 6 o'clock. It's family friendly. We're not holier than thou who did it this way, but it is a very different situation when you have a show that the whole family can watch together," Allen told UPI in a 2016 phone interview. "And I really like that we're doing this."
ABC's Channing Dungey said in 2017 she canceled the show because she decided to get rid of the network's Friday night comedy lineup.
"A large part of these jobs are managing failure and we've made the tough calls and canceled shows that we'd otherwise love to stay on the air," Dungey said. "That's the job. I canceled Last Man Standing for the same business and scheduling reasons that I canceled Dr. Ken, The Real O'Neals, The Catch and American Crime. And Last Man Standing was a challenging one for me because it was a steady performer in the ratings, but once we made the decision not to continue with comedies on Fridays, that was where we landed."