Tim Allen has officially closed the door on his show, “Last Man Standing.” On Tuesday, the veteran actor posted a symbolic picture from his last few moments on set along with a tear-jerking caption.
“Finished…so so sad and yet piles of gratitude,” he wrote alongside a picture of the Baxter family front door.
On Mar. 31, Allen and his co-stars will tape the final episode of the sitcom. It’s a safe bet that emotions will be running high, considering he’s been on the beloved series for nearly a decade. On Twitter, Allen also revealed that there would be a limited audience in attendance for the final day.
Even though they play a tight-knit household on-screen, there’s no doubt that the cast and crew have come to love one another like family. For Allen and his co-stars, many of them have been there since the very beginning of the series.
Eve Returns for Final Appearance on ‘Last Man Standing’
So far, it’s too early to tell how “Last Man Standing” will end. However, we know already that Kaitlyn Dever, who plays Mike and Nancy’s youngest daughter, Eve, will be back for the series finale.
Dever was a regular on the show for the first six seasons and later appeared regularly after that. During a virtual table read shared by Amanda Fuller (who plays Mike and Vanessa’s oldest daughter, Kristin) on Mar. 24 for the first day of work on the series finale, fans also caught a glimpse of Dever.
In the video shared by Fuller, we see the finale script’s cover page — titled “Keep on Truckin'” — written by Allen and directed by Andy Cadiff. The series finale episode is the only episode of “Last Man Standing” written by Allen.
“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 in a statement when the network announced that the sitcom would end. “I’m looking forward to a memorable and hilarious final season.”
However, this isn’t the first time the sun has set on the show. ABC canceled the comedy sitcom after its first six seasons. Later, Fox revived it, and season 7 premiered in 2018.
On Thursday, Apr. 1, the show will be off the air for the first time all season. The series finale won’t air until Apr. 8 at 9:30 p.m. ET. Moreover, the network’s decision to end the show with nine seasons under its belt seemed cordial. While it will be sad for Allen to close the chapter on his Baxter family, he believes it was time.
“I’ve been one lucky dude to have been part of Last Man Standing,” Allen said in October 2020. “I so appreciate the incredible support from our fans over this near-decade of work. As we approach the ninth season, I just 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. I’m looking forward to a memorable and hilarious final season.”