You may have read about a recent uproar over the cancellation of Tim Allen's conservative-leaning ABC comedy Last Man Standing, despite its good ratings, leading some to question if the decision was a political one.
Last week, the network 86’d the top-rated Friday night series that features Allen as Mike Baxter, a family man and marketing executive for a fictional BassPro/Cabela’s type sporting goods chain store called Outdoor Man.
"Outdoor Man was a Hollywood set version of a sporting goods store, of course, but it did have a gun counter and there was a gun cabinet in the Baxter household. There were plenty of references to hunting," the NSSF said Wednesday in the story. "Last Man Standing also was a family-oriented show with life lessons every week delivered through plot lines involving his wife, three daughters, two sons in law and a neighbor. In many ways, the show was an island of mainstream values in a sea of network political correctness and pandering."
The story says the announcement of the show's cancellation spawned widespread speculation the network dumped Allen for his right-wing views and overt support for President Donald Trump, on and off camera. The network has denied such rumors.
According to this story from avclub.com, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said the decision to axe Last Man was part of a broader shift away from comedies in Friday-night time slots in favor of the fantastical dramas Once Upon A Time and Marvel's Inhumans.
“We’re sure that we speak for many of our NSSF members in saying are sorry to see this series end,” NSSF said. “If it existed in the real world, Outdoor Man would be a retailer member and Mike Baxter would attend the SHOT Show.”