“Last Man Standing” and “The Hill” A DaTechGuy Quick Thought

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"Last Man Standing" and "The Hill" A DaTechGuy Quick Thought

As you prob­a­bly know by now Tim Allen’s series Last Man Stand­ing is going to be return­ing to TV on Fox after ABC can­celled the pop­u­lar show with­out expla­na­tion, but insist­ing that it had noth­ing to do with its con­ser­v­a­tive bent.

I don’t watch a lot of TV these days thanks to a 2nd shift job and other con­cerns but I want to briefly note something.

Instapundit’s piece on this linked to the Hill:

Allen, an out­spo­ken Repub­li­can, starred as a right-​leaning char­ac­ter on the sit­com. Shortly after ABC can­celed the series last year, crit­ics ques­tioned whether the show got the ax because of Allen’s polit­i­cal views.

There’s noth­ing more dan­ger­ous to me, espe­cially in this cli­mate, than a funny, lik­able con­ser­v­a­tive,” Allen said while dis­cussing the show’s can­cel­la­tion in an inter­view last year.

ABC denied pol­i­tics played a role in the can­cel­la­tion. The network’s enter­tain­ment pres­i­dent, Chan­ning Dungey, said in 2017, “pol­i­tics had absolutely noth­ing to do” with the net­work nix­ing the series.

We have actors on our shows who have all sorts of dif­fer­ent polit­i­cal views,” Dungey said.

The story is good, but the real story is the fact that a piece on the return of a com­edy to TV isn’t from trade mag­a­zine like Inside Hol­ly­wood or Vari­ety but it is at the Hill

Take a look at the list of cat­e­gories at the Hill from this drop down graphic

There are a lot of cat­e­gories for news and polit­i­cal sto­ries there, but none of them involve sit­coms and unlike Roseanne which had a hook to the Pres­i­dent, there is no indi­ca­tion that Last Man Stand­ing is going to have any direct link to the pres­i­dent to play off of. Yet the Hill choose to report on it.

What does it say? It says this.

The media and the left are so united in their pub­lic and pro­fes­sional hatred of con­ser­vatism in gen­eral and Pres­i­dent Trump in par­tic­u­lar that a sin­gle sit­com that might just dis­play those val­ues with­out mock­ing them, even while ignor­ing the Pres­i­dent is big enough news for a national polit­i­cal jour­nal to cover.

That’s the real story.

As you probably know by now Tim Allen’s series Last Man Standing is going to be returning to TV on Fox after ABC cancelled the popular show without explanation, but insisting that it had nothing to do with its conservative bent.

I don’t watch a lot of TV these days thanks to a 2nd shift job and other concerns but I want to briefly note something.

Instapundit’s piece on this linked to the Hill:

Allen, an outspoken Republican, starred as a right-leaning character on the sitcom. Shortly after ABC canceled the series last year, critics questioned whether the show got the ax because of Allen’s political views.

“There’s nothing more dangerous to me, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative,” Allen said while discussing the show’s cancellation in an interview last year.

ABC denied politics played a role in the cancellation. The network’s entertainment president, Channing Dungey, said in 2017, “politics had absolutely nothing to do” with the network nixing the series.

“We have actors on our shows who have all sorts of different political views,” Dungey said.

The story is good, but the real story is the fact that a piece on the return of a comedy to TV isn’t from trade magazine like Inside Hollywood or Variety but it is at the Hill

Take a look at the list of categories at the Hill from this drop down graphic

There are a lot of categories for news and political stories there, but none of them involve sitcoms and unlike Roseanne which had a hook to the President, there is no indication that Last Man Standing is going to have any direct link to the president to play off of. Yet the Hill choose to report on it.

What does it say? It says this.

The media and the left are so united in their public and professional hatred of conservatism in general and President Trump in particular that a single sitcom that might just display those values without mocking them, even while ignoring the President is big enough news for a national political journal to cover.

That’s the real story.