'Last Man Standing' Takes Politics Head-On
By ROBERT PACE
November 02, 2012
Last Man Standing kicks off its second season just days before the U.S. presidential election, and the actors revealed during ET's recent set visit that the show will dive right into real-world politics in its premiere episode.
While most shows in recent times have heeded caution on the topic of politics due to the various business effects of doing so, star and executive producer Tim Allen said he didn't want to take the in-vogue neutral approach to politics in order to be "politically correct."
"So long ago, this would not have been anything to talk about...We've gotten so politically correct," Allen said on the set of the show. "It's amazing how far we've come backwards...The best part about this is essentially it's about [encouraging people to] vote. Passionate discussion's what America's about."
The sitcom, which debuted twenty years after the premiere of Allen's successful sitcom Home Improvement, added a group of new writers for its second season. With the election such a pertinent topic, Allen applauds the writers for not beating around the bush when it comes to the presidential candidates.
"The more friction there gets between [political] positions, the more that this husband-father has an opportunity to parent his daughters and deal with his workplace," the 59-year-old actor examined. "If it becomes about nothing, it becomes these little vignettes...We're not inventing the wheel here; this is an indication of where the new batch of writers want to get."
Allen's co-stars echoed his thoughts about the episode and expressed their content with the show's decision to tackle politics head-on instead of taking a passive approach. Alexandra Krosney, who plays Allen's eldest daughter on the show, is proud of the show's approach.
"I'm really proud of us for doing this. I think it's the easy way out to just keep things ambiguous, and [I like] that fact that we're just speaking up and having a voice about it," she said. "We're trying to do it in a way that's unbiased and just...raising the dialogue."
Although the show gets into detailed discussions about this year's presidential candidates, Krosney reiterates the show's intention to deliver an unbiased opinion and inspire viewers to vote.
"Overall, I hope it gets people to go out there and vote and not be afraid to look into the issues and educate themselves and see what they want and vote for it," she said.
Last Man Standing premieres its second season with a politically themed episode tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC.