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‘Last Man Standing’ Makes Its Triumphant Return, All We Can Say Is ‘Wow’ About The Ratings

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My favorite show, ‘Last Man Standing’, debuted this week on Fox and all I can say is wow! It was funny as usual with political insights and jabs… but what really knocked me out were the ratings. Sometimes even I’m surprised by something like this.

‘Last Man Standing’ ran Friday night in the same time slot it had when it was on ABC. Right out of the gate, Tim Allen and the gang started making fun of their old network and how the show looked so much better on Fox. Allen said the show must have some really ‘kick-ass’ fans and it does. I’ve been waiting a year for the show to make its triumphant come back and it did not disappoint.

The show was canceled in 2017 on ABC when it was their number two comedy show at the time. The move blindsided Tim Allen and really hurt him. But fans demanded the show be brought back and it found a home on Fox. Two characters have changed… Mandy and little Boyd. But they used humor to cover those changes and the show will go on to be as great as before, with far less censorship which means more laughs.

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‘Last Man Standing’ was one of the very few conservative shows out there and it was really the only one I watched. Tim Allen plays a mostly conservative father in the sitcom and now he is free to express his own views. But the show goes out of its ways to play off all views. It has a tremendously large and loyal following among Americans and was on ABC for six years.

Fox took a gamble when ABC dropped the show and it looks like it is paying off. The ratings were fantastic. Fox’s gain is ABC’s loss. ABC was accused of playing politics when they canceled the show. Although they claimed at the time it was production costs, most of America didn’t buy that excuse.

From Variety:

“Last Man Standing” debuted its seventh season on Fox Friday night, with the Tim Allen-led sitcom rocketing past its previous season numbers on ABC.

“Last Man Standing” averaged a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 8 million viewers, airing at 8 p.m. By comparison, the Season 6 premiere on ABC drew a 1.1 rating and 6 million viewers, while that season as a whole averaged a 1.2 rating and 6.4 million viewers. In fact, the last time the series drew over 8 million viewers was back in its fourth season, and the last time it drew a 1.8 rating or better was in Season 2. It was also Fox’s most-watched comedy on any night in nearly seven years, excluding NFL nights, and was by far the top-rated show of Friday night.”

The revival of conservative ‘Last Man Standing’ blew away the revival of the liberal central character and tone of the Trump-bashing ‘Murphy Brown’. ‘Murphy Brown’ went uber-political immediately and brought Hillary Clinton on for a cameo. Tim Allen used humor instead. It’s not hard to figure out why Tim Allen won hands down on this.

From Deadline Hollywood:

“The Season 7 premiere of Last Man Standing on a new network, Fox, drew a 1.8 in adults 18-49 Live+same day rating and 8.0 total viewers. That was well above the series’ most recent Season 6 premiere on ABC in fall 2016 (1.1, 6 million). In fact, this was LMS‘ best demo L+SD delivery since the Season 2 debut in 2012 which marked the comedy’s first outing on Friday after an initial run on Tuesday.

“Despite airing on the slower-trafficked Friday night, LMS topped the Thursday premiere of CBS’ Murphy Brown (1.1, 7.5 million). Like with the huge ratings return of Roseanne last spring, the strong numbers for LMS likely indicate an appetite for shows that provide a different perspective to most fare on TV.

“LMS, the top program on Friday in 18-49, led Fox’s switch from single-camera to multi-camera comedies. Its initial numbers validate the switch, as it was Fox’s most-watched comedy on any night in nearly seven years excluding NFL lead-ins, since October 2011 (The Simpsons, 8.1 million).”

Even though ‘Last Man Standing’ has a right-leaning lead, Tim Allen pointed out to Fox News that the only goal of the series is delivering enjoyable family content, alongside the edgy and memorable moments the show is known for.

Tim Allen: “My comedy has been the same since I’ve been doing it for 33 years and it’s about the ultimate political divide — (between) men and women. I’ve been doing that — and that’s all it’s about. And underneath all of that is that you just don’t get the other side, but you love the other side.”

‘Last Man Standing’ tells the story of a married father of three who tries to maintain his manliness in a world often dominated by women. It was ABC’s second most-watched comedy, after ‘Modern Family’.

Looks like in the comedy wars, Tim Allen is literally getting the last laugh. And I have my favorite show back.

 

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Melania Trump Spokeswoman: Boycott T.I. Over ‘Disgusting’ Music Video

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Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for First Lady Melania Trump, called out rapper-actor T.I. over his “disgusting” rap video featuring Mrs. Trump as a nude stripper dancing on a Resolute desk in a fake Oval Office.

“How is this acceptable,” Grisham tweeted at T.I. while calling for a boycott of the Ant-Man and the Wasp star.

The Atlanta-based rapper took his criticism of Kanye West and President Donald Trump’s Oval Office confab to a whole new level, tweeting a one-minute music video Friday featuring the faux first lady in the buff. Though dragging Melania Trump into the beef upped the ante.

As Breitbart’s Warner Todd Huston reported:

The not safe for work clip features T.I. hanging around in the Oval Office after the president is seen flying off on Marine One. The rapper then sits behind the Resolute Desk smoking a cigar as a woman who looks like Melania Trump comes in wearing that famous “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” coat.

The rapper captioned the tweet with the raunchy video, saying, “Dear 45, I ain’t Kanye.”

On Thursday, T.I. took to Instagram and called the Kanye West-Trump Oval Office meeting “shameful.”

“From what I can gather… This is the most repulsive, disgraceful, Embarrassing act of desperation & auctioning off of one’s soul to gain power I’ve ever seen,” he wrote.

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Taylor Swift Got On Her Knees Begging Dems – Turned Out She’s Just a Hypocrite 

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Taylor Swift has made headlines over the past week for her recent comments on social media. The usually quiet woman when it comes to politics has now taken a political stance. In fact, she has now endorsed someone for Congress. But it is not a Republican.

The Tennessee native has homes all across the United States but she only spoke about her home state representative. Something that has gotten a lot of support and negative media attention. Information Liberation reported,

“A search of the Tennessee Secretary of State’s official voter registration database suggests that Taylor Swift may not be registered to vote in the state of Tennessee. Swift was praised by the media earlier this week for harshly attacking Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn and endorsing her opponent Democrat Phil Bredesen. She told her supporters “we have to vote” even if we don’t 100% agree with our preferred candidates on every issue.

Swift reportedly owns two homes in Nashville, Tennessee, both of which are in Davidson County. She also has several other residences in New York, Beverly Hills and Rhode Island. If you put the name Taylor Swift with the county of residence as Davidson and year of birth as 1989 (Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989), the state government’s website says: “No record was found. Please verify the information below and search again. If your information cannot be found, please contact your local county election commission to verify the accuracy of the information on file.”

Similarly, no record was found when the county was switched to the other largest counties in Tennessee of Shelby, Knox, Hamilton, Rutherford, Williamson, Montgomery, Sumner, Sullivan, Wilson, Blount, Washington or Bradley.

Replacing “Taylor” with the misspelled “Tayler” also came up empty. It’s not clear what state Swift claims as her residence, but she specifically said on October 8th on Instagram, “I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives.”

The website claims that their voter registration data is “current as of October 10th, 2018.” The last day to register to vote in Tennessee was October 9th. If Swift is intending to vote as she claimed, she may want to contact her local county election commission.”

Fox News reported,

“On Sunday, Swift urged her 112 million Instagram followers to register to vote and cast their ballot for Blackburn’s opponent, former governor Phil Bredesen. After her post, voter registration in Tennessee went up to 65,000 registrations in a 24-hour period. However, a new New York Times poll on Friday shows Blackburn is ahead of Bredesen by 14 points.

Swift wrote to her followers, “As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me.” Swift said the congresswoman “voted against equal pay for women.

She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry.”

“These are not MY Tennessee values,” the “Fearless” singer said online. Swift wrote she will be voting for Bredesen for the Senate, and also for Rep. Jim Cooper, a Democrat who’s running for re-election. Blackburn told Fox Business’ Connell McShane on Wednesday she believed her constituents would not be swayed by the celebrity.

“Tennesseans are more interested in the fact that Marsha Blackburn is endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, by the Fraternal Order of Police, by the Police Benevolent Association and by the National Rifle Association, where I have an ‘A’ rating and their endorsement,” Blackburn said.

In 2016, Blackburn won her House re-election race, defeating Democrat Tharon Chandler. She represented Tennessee’s 7th congressional district. Blackburn received more than 72 percent of the vote, The New York Times reported. Blackburn is running to replace Republican Sen. Bob Corker’s seat. Corker announced last year that he will be retiring from the Senate. Bredesen is running against Blackburn.

Following Swift’s endorsements, President Trump told reporters on Monday that he likes her music “about 25 percent less.” “I’m sure Taylor Swift has nothing or doesn’t know anything about her,” Trump said of the 28-year-old singer. “Let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25 percent less now, OK?””

Swift is an entertainer and musician, known as a best-selling artist with over 40 million albums sold worldwide with 27.8 million in the U.S. She has received a plethora of recognition from the Nashville Songwriters Association, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and she has received over 10 Grammy’s, 1 Emmy, and 23 Billboard Music Awards.

She has also been recognized with 6 Guinness World Records and 12 County Music Association Awards. She has appeared twice in Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, as well as on Forbes’s list of top-earning women in music for several years from 2011 to 2015. As her fame and fortune have grown, so has her propensity to comment on political issues.

Despite her argument that she tends to stay out of political issues she has routinely commented and engaged in the political arena. During the 2008 presidential campaign, she supported a then-presidential candidate and nominee Barack Obama. She participated and helped to promote the Every Woman Counts Campaign as well.

She has vocally referred to herself as a feminist and has had close ties with the Kennedy Family. In the past, she has spoken about her admiration and respect for Ethel Kennedy. After the murder of Larry King, she became an outspoken LGBT advocate and worked on an anti-bullying campaign with her music.

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Share if you believe that the fact that this is a headline story when there are far more serious issues going on is terrible.

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