Last Man Standing is getting a last run on Fox.
The network says the Tim Allen-led comedy’s forthcoming ninth season will be its last. The show, which began filming this week, is set to premiere in January.
“I’ve been one lucky dude to have been part of Last Man Standing,” said Allen, who’s also an executive producer. “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.”
The coming season will be the third for Last Man Standing on Fox, which moved to the network after six seasons on ABC. The latter canceled the series in 2017, citing increasing costs and the fact that it didn’t own the series, produced by 20th Century Fox TV — which was then under the same corporate umbrella as Fox.
After a year off the air, Last Man Standing debuted on Fox in September 2018 — by which time Fox’s parent company was in the midst of selling its 20th TV and other assets to Disney, which also owns ABC.
“It has been an honor to be home for Tim Allen and Last Man Standing,” said Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn. “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, led by Tim, Nancy [Travis] and Hector [Elizondo], as well as its writers and crew, headed by showrunner Kevin Abbott. We’ll be rooting them on throughout the season as they conclude what has been an impressive run.”
Added 20th TV president Carolyn Cassidy, “Being the studio to bring national treasure Tim Allen back to television not once, but twice, was one of the great pleasures of all of our careers. The fact that this series, created by Jack Burditt and run by Kevin Abbott, has had such longevity is a testament to its talented writing staff and crew, the deep support of two television networks and the undeniable charisma of its stars, led by Tim Allen, Nancy Travis and Hector Elizondo.”
The end of Last Man Standing will leave Fox with just two live-action comedies on its schedule: The Moodys starring Denis Leary and Elizabeth Perkins, and multi-camera newcomer Call Me Kat, starring Mayim Bialik. The network is slated to shoot two pilots, mockumentary This Country and single-camera show Pivoting, this fall.
Abbott, Matt Berry, Kevin Hench, Ed Yeager, Allen, Marty Adelstein, Shawn Levy, Becky Clements, Richard Baker, Rick Messina, Pat Bullard, Mike Teverbaugh, Linda Teverbaugh and John Amodeo executive produce Last Man Standing.