WGN America has picked up the existing episodes of Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing to add to its comedy lineup. The network will begin airing reruns of the popular family sitcom beginning Monday, April 30.
“We’re very excited to welcome comedy mega-star Tim Allen and his hit sitcom Last Man Standing to WGN America,” said Gavin Harvey, President of WGN America. “Our viewers love a good laugh and we are confident Last Man Standing will contribute to the momentum that has made WGN America one of cable’s fastest growing networks.”
The pickup comes on the heels of the massive success of the Roseanne revival premiere with its Trump supporter lead. ABC was strongly criticized by the right in May when it canceled the long-running sitcom despite its strong viewership. It was a rare broadcast comedy with a central character who is a political conservative and devout Christian adhering to traditional American values that appeals to viewers in the Heartland.
Created by Jack Burditt (30 Rock, Frasier, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) Last Man Standing follows the life of Mike Baxter (Allen), hilarity-ensuing family man and the marketing director for an iconic outdoor sporting goods store. While Mike is “king of the hill” at work, he’s the odd man out in a home that is dominated by strong-willed women — namely his wife, Vanessa (Nancy Travis), and their three daughters, 20- year-old Kristin (Amanda Fuller), 17-year-old Mandy (Molly Ephraim) and 13-year-old Eve (Kaitlyn Dever). After being a stay-at-home mom for years, Vanessa recently returned to the workplace, requiring Mike to be more hands on than he’s ever been before.
Tim Allen, Matt Berry, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, Shawn Levy, Richard Baker and Rick Messina serve as executive producers of the series which hails from 20th Century Fox Television. Twentieth Television distributes.