LAST MAN STANDING Announces Back-to-Back Episodes For the Series’ Final Farewell
By Movieguide® Staff
After 10 years, fans will have to say goodbye to Mike Baxter and his run on LAST MAN STANDING in the series finale on May 20.
The final farewell features two separate episodes and will air at 9/8c on Fox. According to TV Line, the first episode is called “Baxter’s Boot Camp,” and the second is called “Keep on Truckin.”
In the final episode, written by Tim Allen, “Mike’s beloved truck is stolen, just as he completes his 10-year renovation on it.”
The Baxters will then “gather together for an emotional goodbye” and the end of Season 9 and the series as a whole.
“I so appreciate the incredible support from our fans over this near decade of work… I 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,” Allen said.
Allen previously shared about the emotional experience of filming the final season. Movieguide® reported:
Allen told Fox News that every day of filming was “horrible” because everyone knew that they were inching closer to the final time on set.
“I thought it would be a good idea,” Allen said. “It was a terrible idea!”
“I feel like because we show up to work going ahhhhh (“crying”) I can’t…” co-star and on-screen wife Nancy Travis said.
Travis added that fans of the show could expect more of the same from the comedy’s final season.
“Just the everyday things that you ponder and wonder about…. the girls are grown now and they come in and out of our lives and we have grandchildren,” she said of the plot.
Allen will also reprise his HOME IMPROVEMENT role in the final season.
“It was really confusing for me to play Tim Taylor, who, I think of Mike Baxter is an evolution of that character. He’s smarter, went to college,” Allen noted. “We don’t know whether Tim Taylor was really stupid or really smart. I mean, I played the guy I wasn’t sure.”