In an interview with Indiewire, Tim Allen of “Last Man Standing” sounds off on having one of the only conservative characters on television and the behavior of CNN’s Jim Acosta.
How do you feel like the results of the midterm elections might change things?
TA: I think because this president, however you believe, is very inarticulate. He may be getting things done very well, and I saw that interchange between him and that reporter. It was so unpleasant to watch on both sides, that the guy wouldn’t leave him alone, where did the sense of decorum go?
The article mentions that clearly the appetite is there for a show with a conservative character.
“The show’s Sept. 28 premiere averaged a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49 in Live+7 ratings, as well as 12.4 million multiplatform viewers, making it Fox’s most-watched Friday telecast in 18 years. Thanks to the sitcom, Fox has won Friday nights among adults 18-49 for six consecutive weeks — its longest streak in more than seven years.”
TA: I’ve always said that, certainly, relationships are politics. The political discourse between a male and female energy is politics. And children, that’s all political stuff. I like to mess around because I’ve been a standup fiery comic for 30 years. And I like pissing people off, and I said there’s nothing, especially in this area, that pisses people off more than a very funny conservative. A smart, funny conservative that takes shots and is certainly self-effacing. The left-wing point of view is so pervasive that they don’t even realize it’s a point of view. It is just a point of view. I think this character likes that, he likes to have another point of view. It makes him sharper and more interesting. But we don’t push it.
Allen even mentions the political “hatred” that is prevalent in a certain liberal sitcoms:
TA: What we’ve done is we’ve moved on. “Murphy Brown,” unfortunately, I loved that show [but] they’ve kind of stuck along with, forgive me… they’re still stuck in this angst, in this hatred. I can’t remember what comedian said it, but comedy’s about surprise. And there’s no surprise anymore. I know you hate the current administration. I know there’s hate, venom, we’re all going to hell, and the world’s all racist. I’ve heard this so much there’s no surprise, there’s no joke, there’s no drama. So there’s a lot of us, we’ve moved on. We’re writing a sitcom, we’re not trying to change the world. We’re just having an enjoyable time. Our job is to make you laugh.