The heartland of America didn't save Last Man Standing.
Despite ABC's apparent desire to appeal the very demographic Last Man Standing represented, a Christian political conservative with traditional American values, the series, which was on the upswing after the latest election, will not see a Season 7.
It could be the very fact that with a conservative in office, the jokes are harder to come by for star Tim Allen or simply that his contract negotiations got too steep.
Nonetheless, Modern Family, which by its very definition is supposed to be the opposite of Last Man Standing, has been renewed for two years.
Keeping the laughs coming no matter what!
Series stars, Ed O’Neill, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara also closed new two-year deals with ABC.
“Modern Family has been the centerpiece of our comedy brand for 8 seasons and we are thrilled to have it on our schedule for two more years,” said Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment.
“Steve and Chris have created such endearing characters, and the cast is second-to-none.”
The network is expected to negotiate new contracts with all of the younger actors who make up such a large portion of the Modern Family cast.
“Modern Family remains one of the studio’s most prized assets and we are enormously grateful to ABC for this two-year pickup,” said Jonnie Davis and Howard Kurtzman, Presidents of 20th Century Fox Television.
"Steve and Chris are genius producers who created nothing less than a television classic, and they would be the first to tell you that their cast and crew are the best there is.”
“We are beyond thrilled that we get to spend more time with these characters, these amazing actors, our ridiculously-talented writers and our incredible crew – all of whom are like family to us," said co-creator Steve Levitan.
"And the good kind of family, not the kind that argues with you all the time,”
Added co-creator Christopher Lloyd, “We have been blessed since day one on Modern Family, and having the opportunity to spend two more years with these characters — and the brilliant actors behind them — is is the latest, and best, in a series of gaudy gifts."
"There is so much more to explore in the lives of this family, and so many pressing needs in the lives of our own actual families to go on ignoring, that this timing could not have worked out any better."
"Truly, it’s a humbling experience. Ty Burrell has already pointed out that Alexander the Great’s entire reign only lasted 8 1/2 years (326 -317 BC) so yes, everyone is deeply humbled by this.”
If you need to add some humor to this situation, go ahead and watch Modern Family online now!
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