Fans of the Tim Allen sitcom Last Man Standing got a glimmer of hope last week when CMT began preliminary talks to bring it back. The show had previously been canceled by ABC, even though ratings were relatively strong. But it turns out Last Man Standing won't be joining Nashville on the country-music station.
reports that CMT was talking with the production studio, 20th Century Fox TV, about airing original episodes. CMT would have been a good fit for the show, since it already airs its repeats and recently revived the ABC show Nashville. But it turns out the money just wasn't going to work out. If the show aired on CMT, nearly everyone involved would have had to take a big pay cut.
According to , the cast has contracts through the end of June, so if any network is going to pick up the show, they have to act fast. NBC reportedly turned down the show because of a lack of space in the network's lineup, according to . Right now, it's not clear that another network will swoop in, and CMT and 20th Century Fox declined to comment to The Hollywood Reporter.