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  • Fox Nancy Travis and Tim Allen star in "Last Man Standing," which will air on Fox this fall after previously being seen on ABC.

  • Fox Lil Rel Howery will star in "REL," which debuts on Fox this fall. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 1:00 am

Fox takes over Allen's sitcom

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Fox Schedule

Fox's prime-time schedule for the fall (new series in bold):

Monday

8 p.m. – “The Resident”

9 p.m. – “9-1-1”

Tuesday

8 p.m. – “The Gifted”

9 p.m. – “Lethal Weapon”

Wednesday

8 p.m. – “Empire”

9 p.m. – “Star”

Thursday

8 p.m. – “NFL Football”

Friday

8 p.m. – “Last Man Standing”

8:30 p.m. – “The Cool Kids”

9 p.m. – “Hell's Kitchen”

Sunday

7 p.m. – “NFL on Fox”

7:30 p.m. – “The OT”

8 p.m. – “The Simpsons”

8:30 p.m. – “Bob's Burgers”

9 p.m. – “Family Guy”

9:30 p.m. – “Rel”

NEW YORK – Tim Allen's “Last Man Standing,” canceled last year by ABC, is being resurrected by Fox next season because it's a “great comedy” and not as a conservative statement, Fox executives said Monday.

Some fans may be drawn to the family sitcom because of Allen's personal political views, but they “aren't really a big feature of the show,” Fox Television Group executive Gary Newman said. “We just think it's a really funny show” with general appeal, he said in announcing the network's 2018-19 schedule with fellow chairman and CEO Dana Walden.

The success of the rebooted “Roseanne” on ABC emboldened Fox to revive “Last Man Standing,” which is produced by its studio, but the decision was already in the works, Walden said. The network needed to find the right spot for it, she said.

“Last Man Standing” will be followed on Fridays by a new comedy, “The Cool Kids,” which stars comedy veterans Martin Mull, David Allen Grier, Vicki Lawrence and Leslie Jordan as residents of a retirement community. The series is executive produced by “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star Charlie Day.

The comedies will be paired ahead of the returning reality series “Hell's Kitchen” with Gordon Ramsay.

The network and producers went to last-minute extremes to keep “Lethal Weapon” in the lineup, bringing Seann William Scott (“American Pie”) onboard to co-star with Damon Wayans. Scott replaces Clayne Crawford, reportedly fired because of repeated outbursts on the set.

Fox will start the fall with “Thursday Night Football,” which last year was split between CBS and NBC. Following the season, Seth MacFarlane's sci-fi send-up “The Orville” will return for a second season on that night. The network plans to air a variety of sports events on Saturday nights.

On Sunday, Fox will launch a new live-action sitcom, “The Rel,” which stars Lil Rel Howery as a man adjusting to life as a newly single dad living on Chicago's West Side after finding out his wife has had an affair with his barber.

For midseason, Fox has ordered “The Passage,” a drama about a 10-year-old girl who is a test subject at a secret government facility experimenting with a virus that could be a cure for all disease or doom the human race. John-Paul Gosselaar plays the federal agent who looks out for her. The series is based on a series of books by Justin Cronin.

Fox has also ordered a new drama series, “Proven Innocent,” which stars Rachelle Lefevre as a lawyer who leads an underdog criminal defense firm.

And the network has picked up a fifth season of the Batman prequel drama “Gotham” and a new edition of “Cosmos,” its science exploration series produced by MacFarlane and hosted by astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

Shows canceled by Fox are “The Last Man on Earth,” “New Girl,” “The Mick,” “Lucifer” and “The Exorcist.” The sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is moving to NBC, which owns the show. No decision has been made on new-season pickups for “L.A. to Vegas” and “Ghosted.”