Fox defends axing Brooklyn Nine-Nine and reviving Last Man Standing

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In a set-up to make people think he was talking about "This is Us", Meyers said that NBC is "home to the No. 1 drama on television, a show that each week gives us twists and turns, heartbreaking reveals and, this season, the departure of a once-beloved character". When I heard the offer to create more episodes of Last Man Standing, I did a fist pump so hard I threw my back out. It will be paired with another multi-camera comedy, The Cool Kids, which is set in a retirement community.

Series not returning include the police comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine", which was canceled after five seasons and picked up by NBC; the post-apocalyptic comedy "The Last Man on Earth", which ran for four seasons; the fantasy police procedural "Lucifer", which ran for three seasons; the horror drama "The Exorcist", which ran for two seasons; and the comedy "The Mick", which ran for two seasons.

Walden also explained why Fox made a decision to move forward with the Tim Allen show while canceling the beloved Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

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"It was based on a variety of factors", said Dana Walden, Chairmen and CEO, Fox Television Group. "We thought that our Sunday night, young, somewhat male-leaning audience, would be a great opportunity for it". Ultimately we felt like we didn't have the exact right place to schedule it this year.

Walden also revealed that they tried to move Last Man Standing over to Fox when the series was canceled in 2017. "So once we made that decision, it just really limited the opportunities to schedule 'Brooklyn'".

For the first time, football will occupy all of Fox's Thursday-night schedule throughout the fall and early winter.

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Walden noted that a comedy like Last Man Standing has an easier "point of entry" for viewers than a serialized comedy like Brooklyn Nine-Nine. We tried to move Last Man Standing over a year ago when ABC decided not to move forward. "['Last Man Standing"] is a really amusing show".

"So yeah, we were emboldened by the performance of Roseanne", Walden said.

Whatever the case, FOX may also reap some benefits from the notoriety wielded by the conservative Tim Allen, as well as the fact that most Tim Allen characters are not-so-loosely based upon Tim Allen.

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"I'm not sure I think that [ABC's] cancelation had anything to do with politics, if anything, it had something more to do with vertical integration", said Gary Newman, Fox Television's other Chairman and CEO. "Tim's personal politics aren't a big feature on the show". "We think its a amusing show and audience responded to it... and we thought there was an opportunity there for us particularly after adding Thursday Night Football".

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