Tim Allen’s sitcom “Last Man Standing” has been cancelled by ABC.
One of the very few sitcoms providing conservative views in a favorable light on network television, the sixth season of the show will be its last.
Indeed, the program’s ratings were solid, especially so for the 8:00 p.m. Friday time slot.
A December 2016 article in Deadline has this to say about the Tim Allen comedy: “with a central character who is a political conservative and devout Christian adhering to traditional American values, the show appeals to viewers in the Heartland, a constituency that helped elect Donald Trump as president and has been energized post-election as evidenced by the ratings success of new USA drama Shooter.”
Big profits in the sitcom industry often come from shows that go into syndication. Last Man Standing did quite well in the syndicate market, producing excellent revenues, which Deadline described as the “rare off-network ratings success story these days.”
From a network’s perspective, what’s not to like? The show was popular, garnered consistently high ratings, and appealed to an often-overlooked segment of the populace.
Yet it still got the ax. Who it appealed to may provide a glimpse of the answer to this mystery.
Last Man Standing poked fun at liberals and political correctness. Tim Allen’s character was a Christian and politically conservative, a man who holds to traditional American values. In other words, one of those Americans who “cling to guns or religion,” as Barack Obama once infamously put it.
In other words, a Trump voter; a deplorable.
Hollywood is out of touch with red state America. Cancelling a profitable show with a conservative theme proves it, for those who hadn’t noticed by now.