Fox Executives On Cancelling Brooklyn 99 And Picking Up Last Man Standing

Posted May 15, 2018

On Monday, the Fox network held its upfront, unveiling trailers for the new shows that will join the network's schedule during the 2018-19 TV season, including an intriguing new drama featuring former "Saved By the Bell" star Mark-Paul Gosselaar, a senior-citizen sitcom set in a retirement home, a new iteration of the Seth MacFarlane-produced "Cosmos" and the return of Tim Allen's "Last Man Standing", which is being revived by Fox after ABC cancelled the show previous year. Fox is teaming "Last Man Standing" with "The Cool Kids" in an attempt to build an 8-9 p.m. Friday comedy block.

The series is set to air on Fox during the 2018-19 TV season.

Fox only gave the green light to two new dramas, both on the bench for midseason: "The Passage", executive producer Ridley Scott's series about a federal agent (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) who becomes a surrogate father to a 10-year-old girl at the center of tests at a top-secret government medical facility; and "Proven Innocent", a legal drama that focuses on a wrongful conviction firm (Rachelle Lefevre, Russell Hornsby, Nikki M. James and Vincent Kartheiser star). He said ABC's decision probably had more to do with the show being from an outside studio rather than Allen's political leanings.

"Obviously I think everyone took a good hard look at the performance of 'Roseanne, '" Dana Walden, chairman and CEO of Fox Television Group, told Entertainment Weekly. "It's the fans! I could not be more grateful for the fans who wrote petitions and kept up the passion and incredible support for the show".

In May 2017, ABC announced that they canceled "Last Man Standing" along with other, more liberal shows. However, the success of "Roseanne" isn't the only reason "Last Man Standing" got a second chance on television. On the comedy side, Tim Allen's Last Man Standing has been given new life on Fox after being canceled by ABC a year ago, and new comedies Rel and Cool Kids will show off the "New Fox" during the 2018-2019 season.

"It's a really amusing show", she said.

But the multi-camera family comedy series is a break from the quirkier single-camera comedies and daring animated fare the Fox network has been known to favor over the years. "We always felt like ABC didn't really prioritize Last Man Standing", she said.

In other words, the Fox execs are moving the blame from themselves and saying that if we want to blame anyone for the initial cancellation of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, blame Roseanne, Bob's Burgers and the NFL. The fates of "Ghosted" and "LA to Vegas" were not yet determined.

Wednesday will pair music-oriented dramas "Empire" at 8 p.m. and "Star" at 9. Meanwhile, "Gotham" and "The Orville", will be held back for midseason.