Tim Allen and Nancy Travis explain to USA TODAY’s Bill Keveney how ‘Last Man Standing’ politics focus on family, not President Trump. Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY
LOS ANGELES — Tim Allen is ready to throw some jabs, but they’re political, not physical.
The star of “Last Man Standing,” which returns on Fox after last year’s cancellation by ABC, will have another opportunity to play Mike Baxter, a conservative character in a scripted TV environment where liberals are far more commonplace.
In “Man’s” first, six-season incarnation, “We were sticking it to progressives – not Democrats. The really noisy part of the Democratic Party, just like the really noisy part of the Republican Party, is easy pickings. We were doing that constantly.”
Mike, a Denver sporting-goods store executive, husband and father of three, will take his shots again in an even more politically charged environment when “Man” makes its Season 7 premiere Friday (8 EDT/PDT).
Mike is “a traditionalist and a business Republican” who stands out “because you really don’t see a conservative character who isn’t an idiot or a villain (at) the center of the show,” says executive producer Kevin Abbott. (“Roseanne” had such a character, until Roseanne Barr was fired in May.)
Some fans theorized that “Man” was canceled for its politics, but Abbott says it had more to do with money, because ABC didn’t own the show. (Fox does.)
Mike’s fiscal conservatism will be apparent this season when he handles business regulations and environmental studies, especially when dealing with his company’s “People’s Republic…