Last stand: Tim Allen says goodbye to hit Fox series
When “Last Man Standing” taped its last episode several weeks ago, cast members were grateful they finally got a chance to say goodbye.
When the series was cancelled in 2017, there were no farewell parties, just a lot of shock that the No. 2 comedy on ABC wasn’t sticking around.
Luckily, Fox picked it up, put it back on the air in 2018 and gave star Tim Allen and company ample time to complete unfinished work.
“I loved every second of this experience,” Allen says during a Zoom conference. “You don’t know how much affection I have for all of these people. These were not comfortable weeks. I was counting off the hours and I did not do well with this. In a very moralistic way, I’m glad it’s done because I can’t feel this way anymore.”
When “Home Improvement” finished its run, ABC begged for more seasons. Allen, though, was ready to leave and didn’t think about the end until the last five or 10 minutes of the show. “For whatever reason, the end of the nine-year stretch on (‘Last Man’) was very difficult,” he says. “I had health problems letting go.”
Luckily, Allen got plenty of set pieces (including the vlog set) to remind him of the series. “I’ve got a crapload of stuff out in my warehouse,” he says. “I mean, literally, it looks a little peculiar at this point.”
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