It was announced on Wednesday that the renewed season nine of Fox’s Last Man Standing will be the show’s last, according to Variety. The show originally aired on ABC for six seasons before being cancelled for the first time in 2017. However, it was picked up by Fox for a seventh season, which was aired in 2019.
President of Entertainment for Fox Entertainment, Michael Thorn, discussed his disappointment in cancelling the series, “It has been an honor to be home for Tim Allen and Last Man Standing….Millions of families have long enjoyed the show because, perhaps, they see themselves in the Baxters. The loyal affection they’ve shown proves just how much this series has meant to them. On behalf of everyone at Fox, a big, big thank you to Last Man Standing’s brilliant cast….We’ll be rooting them on throughout the season as they conclude what has been an impressive run,” via Variety.
Last Man Standing stars Tim Allen (Home Improvement, The Santa Clause) as Mike Baxter, a married father of three daughters who finds himself outnumbered by a household of women. Alongside, Allen stars Nancy Travis (Three Men and a Baby), Amanda Fuller (Orange is the New Black), and Molly McCook (The Ranch, Good Trouble). Allen expresses his gratitude for the years he’s spent on the show in a statement, “I’ve been one lucky dude to have been part of Last Man Standing….I so appreciate the incredible support from our fans over this near decade of work. As we approach the ninth season, I just admire and feel grateful for all the hard work our wonderful cast and crew have done. We had all considered to end the show after last season, but together with Fox, we decided to add a year so we could produce a full season to create the gentle and fun goodbye. I’m looking forward to a memorable and hilarious final season,” via Variety.
The series was seemingly popular throughout its entire nine-season run, averaging 9 million viewers per episode. Without Last Man Standing, Fox will essentially have no live-action comedies left on its network. The previously ordered Call Me Kat will debut for the 2020-2021 season. Meanwhile, animated comedies such as The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Bob’s Burgers will remain on the network.