Tim Allen‘s character, Mike Baxter, will retain his conservative viewpoint in the return of “Last Man Standing.”
Baxter is “clearly a conservative character,” Fox Television Group CEO and chairman Gary Newman told reporters in California on Thursday.
However, Newman said that there aren’t any plans to write in definitively whether Baxter voted for President Donald Trump or not.
“I will say right now the producers’ plans are not to address whether or not he might be a Trump supporter,’” Newman said at the 2018 Television Critics Associations’ Summer Press Tour, reported Fox News.
Newman said that he doesn’t expect the series to become more political than it has been in the past.
“At its heart, it’s a family comedy,” he said. “I think that they’re going to tell the same type of stories that they told during its run on ABC.”
“Tim Allen is a big star,” he continued. “He has a great following. The show is really funny. We know we’re going to have tremendous material to promote it with because that show, joke for joke, is I think, as funny as any show on TV.”
One hundred and thirty episodes of “Last Man Standing” aired on ABC beginning in 2011, but despite being the network’s second-highest rated sitcom for the 2016-17 season, it was canceled.
“With a central character who is a political conservative and devout Christian adhering to traditional American values, the blue-collar comedy appeals to viewers in the Heartland, a constituency that helped elect Donald Trump as president,” Deadline noted.
— Last Man Standing (@LastManStanding) June 28, 2018
One year later, Fox Television Group announced it had picked up the show, and executives noted that it appeals to the middle of America.
Besides Allen, a number of series regulars are set to return, including Nancy Travis (Vanessa Baxter), Amanda Fuller (Kristin Beth Baxter), and Hector Elizondo (Ed Alzate).
Molly Ephraim (Mandy Baxter) and Flynn Morrison (Boyd) are the major characters who won’t return, reported TV Line. Both roles are being recast.