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Tim Allen shares first teaser for 'Last Man Standing' Season 7

Tim Allen shares first teaser for 'Last Man Standing' Season 7

Fox confirmed on Monday that the network picked up a new season of "Last Man Standing" - the previously-canceled ABC comedy starring Tim Allen - after being "emboldened" by the response to the reboot of "Roseanne" this spring. The drama stars Rachelle Lefevre ("Under the Dome", "A Gifted Man"), Vincent Kartheiser ("Mad Men"), Russell Hornsby ("Seven Seconds", "Grimm"), Brian d'Arcy James ("13 Reasons Why", "Spotlight") and Tony Award victor Nikki M. James ("BrainDead", "The Good Wife", "The Book of Mormon").

(Fox's schedule has shifted this fall with the addition of Thursday Night Football.) Walden said "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" performed best on Sunday nights after "The Simpsons", but the network planned to hand that slot to the popular cartoon "Bob's Burgers". It's a really amusing show. "It had nothing to do with Roseanne that we were interested in the show in the first place". Walden added, "We always felt like ABC didn't really prioritize Last Man Standing". I say we go kick some Nielsen ass.

The "Roseanne" reboot - which, similarly to "Last Man Standing", features a politically conservative lead - exploded onto the television scene with a whopping 15 million viewers tuning in to the show. It really limited the opportunities to schedule Brooklyn. As critically-acclaimed as Brooklyn Nine-Nine was, it averaged less than 3 million viewers a week.

As for the Last Man Standing pickup, the CEOs revealed that they had been trying to bring the comedy to Fox since previous year.

"Last Man Standing" tells the story of a married father of three who tries to maintain his manliness in a world often dominated by women.

Walden said they loved the series and cast, yet "ultimately, we felt like we didn't have the exact right place to schedule it this year".

"Homer Simpson here for "The Simpsons, ' who just passed 'Gunsmoke" for the most episodes ever", the patriarch of the the most famous family from Springfield said in a projection on the big screen, while donning a dapper tux.

"There are certain things in life you just know have reached their end, including the mayonnaise in the green room - wow, ugh", Allen opened, after also thanking Walden and Newman, because of course.

"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.

She also revealed that the choice, surprisingly, "had nothing to do with Roseanne". "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". "It reminded us we have a huge iconic star in our Fox family in Tim Allen". "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". Oh, has it only been one year? "Well, just goes to show you - a lot can happen in a year".