Last Man Standing is set to end after Season 9 on Fox. In a statement shared by Variety, series star Tim Allen said, "I've been one lucky dude to have been part of Last Man Standing. I so appreciate the incredible support from our fans over this near decade of work."
He went on to say, "As we approach the ninth season, I just admire and feel grateful for all the hard work our wonderful cast and crew have done. We had all considered to end the show after last season, but together with Fox, we decided to add a year so we could produce a full season to create the gentle and fun goodbye. I'm looking forward to a memorable and hilarious final season." The final season of Last Man Standing will begin airing in January.
Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn also commented on the news, saying, "It has been an honor to be home for Tim Allen and Last Man Standing. Millions of families have long enjoyed the show because, perhaps, they see themselves in the Baxters. The loyal affection they've shown proves just how much this series has meant to them."
Thorn went on to say, "On behalf of everyone at Fox, a big, big thank you to Last Man Standing's brilliant cast, led by Tim, Nancy and Hector, as well as its writers and crew, headed by showrunner Kevin Abbott. We'll be rooting them on throughout the season as they conclude what has been an impressive run." Last Man Standing previously aired on ABC but was cancelled in 2017. Fox later swooped in and picked it up for a seventh season, which subsequently became an eighth season, and now a ninth.
"Being the studio to bring national treasure Tim Allen back to television not once, but twice, was one of the great pleasures of all of our careers," said Carolyn Cassidy, president of 20th Television. "The fact that this series, created by Jack Burditt and run by Kevin Abbott, has had such longevity is a testament to its talented writing staff and crew, the deep support of two television networks and the undeniable charisma of its stars, led by Tim Allen, Nancy Travis and Hector Elizondo." Hulu subscribers can catch up on Season 1-8 of Last Man Standing now before Season 9 premieres in 2021.