After some two years, Last Man Standing has landed at a new UK broadcaster.
E4 has secured the UK rights to ABC’s Tim Allen fronted comedy series after striking a deal with international distributor Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, TVWise has learned. The show’s first season will premiere on the channel on Monday March 13th at 4pm with a double-bill. Episodes will then continue to air daily in that same time-slot.
Last Man Standing was originally acquired in the UK by Sky1, who picked up the show as part of a wider deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution shortly after the 2012 LA Screenings. The satcaster aired the first two-seasons of the show between 2012 and 2014, but it failed to rate particular well and in 2015 Sky quietly dropped the show after senior execs decided not to renew their licensing agreement.
This was a sensible buy for E4, who have something of a track-record of picking up U.S. sitcoms that failed to connect with UK audiences on their original channels. The most famous example of this was How I Met Your Mother, which thrived on E4 after it was dropped by the BBC. Last Man Standing joins a healthy slate of U.S. sitcoms on the channel that includes The Goldbergs, Black-ish, The Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Kevin Can Wait.
Last Man Standing follows husband and father of three Mike Baxter. When Mike’s wife accepts a promotion at work, he has to step up to the mark and act as the primary parent in his home dominated by his three daughters. Mike tries to inject some masculinity back into his home life, while at work he has to adapt when he jumps from being an on-the-road salesman to the director of marketing for the outdoor sporting goods store he works at in Denver, Colorado.
The comedy series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and stars Tim Allen, Nancy Travis, Amanda Fuller, Molly Ephraim, Kaitlyn Dever, Christoph Sanders, Hector Elizondo and Flynn Morrison. Jack Burditt created the series and at one time served as showrunner, before being replaced by Kevin Abbott, Tim Doyle and most recently Matt Berry, who took the reins for season five. Last Man Standing is currently airing its sixth season on ABC in the United States and is expected to be picked up for a seventh season in the next few months.