Is Fox set to release the ninth season of ‘Last Man Standing’ this year?
In 2011, ABC green-lighted the situational comedy, ‘Last Man Standing’, created by Jack Burditt and starring Tim Allen in the lead. This became the second collaboration between Allen and ABC network after the hugely popular 1991 sitcom, ‘Home Improvement’. Despite not getting critical acclaim, ‘Last Man Standing’ has managed to gain the favour of the audiences and garnered strong ratings throughout its run. After 6 seasons, ABC cancelled the series, which led to Fox picking it up.
On May 19, 2020, Last Man Standing was renewed for a ninth season. So, when can we finally expect the series to air?
- Everyone’s favourite family – The Baxters
- ‘Last Man Standing’ season 9 – Fox to its rescue
- Did Fox just reveal the release date of ‘Last Man Standing’ for season 9?
Everyone’s favourite family – The Baxters
The multi-camera sitcom stars our very favourite Baxter family that has its own Ronald Reagan like a loving, traditional patriarch, Mike (Tim Allen), his lovely wife Vanessa (Nancy Travis), and his three daughters, Kristin (Amanda Fuller), Mandy (Molly Ephraim), and Eve (Kaitlyn Dever) along with Kristin’s son Boyd.
Kristin is the oldest daughter and is shown to be a teen mom, Mandy is the middle child and has a keen interest in fashion, and Eve is the youngest one and is Mike’s favourite. The series follows Mike, a Republican at heart and the marketing director of a sports equipment store chain called ‘Outdoor Man’, as he heads a family of females and evolves as a person along the way.
The series eventually involves the partners of his daughters on whom he also has a profound influence. The series uses the idea of ending every episode with Mike’s vlog which he uses to publicise sports goods from ‘Outdoor Man’ while making use of events from his personal life.
The series is funny, witty, and relies heavily on the importance of standing with your family through thick and thin. The series aired on ABC for 6 years before being abruptly cancelled and was eventually revived by Fox.
‘Last Man Standing’ Season 9 – Fox to its rescue
During its span of 6 seasons, the series was one of the most-watched sitcoms on ABC which is why its sudden cancellation in 2016 came as a shock not only to the audiences but also to the cast members.
The series is also produced by 20th Century Fox Television and there was a contract between ABC and 20th Century Fox Television as per which they negotiated the production fee, but ABC decided to cancel the show instead of getting into any negotiations. Also, the contract, as per which 20th Century Fox Television was supposed to pay for the production, had come to an end and if ABC would have continued the show, it would have had to pay for all the expenses. ABC wasn’t willing to do so.
Lead actor Tim Allen expressed his displeasure with the sudden cessation of the show stating, “Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years”.
Fans started a petition for its revival in 2017 which by 2018 had 438,000 signatures. Seeing the response, executives at 20th Century Fox Television became more determined to find it a home and thus, in July 2018, Fox announced that a season 7 reboot was finally happening.
Did Fox just reveal the release date for season 9?
Season 8 of ‘Last Man Standing’ was indeed a big one. The season saw [*SPOILER*] the pregnancy reveals of both Mandy and Kristin. Kristin goes into labour in the last episode and the series ends on a cliff hanger as the birth was not shown. The season was supposed to have one more episode but was cut short due to the onset of coronavirus.
Even though the showrunners have confirmed season 9, they have not been able to give it an air date yet because of the ongoing pandemic. The production of the sitcom was stalled during its last season itself, so there is no way the series will come back with another season this year. It is being said that the syndicated series will most likely return in 2021 with its upcoming season.
Executive producer Kevin Abbott was noted saying, “The world has changed. Everything we had planned has gone out the window”.
However, what we do know is that we will be getting to see more babies in the next season. Mike and his son-in-law, Ryan, will also be seen getting along in the upcoming season, understanding each other better. With storylines being planned afresh, it will be exciting to see what the Baxter clan has in store for us next. Are you excited about the upcoming season? Are there any storylines you think the makers will explore this season? Write to us in the comments section below.