ABC Renews “Last Man Standing” Alongside Comedy Pickups

ABC has officially renewed “Last Man Standing.”

Always a renewal target for the network, the comedy nonetheless remained in limbo while the network negotiated finances with studio 20th Century Fox TV.

According to a Deadline report, ABC wanted to reduce its licensing fee for the series. 20th Century Fox, after already agreeing to a reduction last year, opposed such a move. It had leverage for its case in the form of new comedies “Cristela” and “Fresh off the Boat,” which were both on the network’s pickup radar.

Specifics of the deal are unclear, but as of Saturday, all three will be on ABC’s schedule next year. “LMS” returns for a fourth season, while the new comedies, detailed below, debut at the alphabet network.

Cristela: In her sixth year of law school, Cristela (Cristela Alonzo) is finally on the brink of landing her first big (unpaid) internship at a prestigious law firm. The only problem is that her pursuit of success is more ambitious than her traditional Mexican-American family thinks is appropriate. She’s stuck straddling the old culture she’s trying to modernize at home with her working-class family and the modern world she’s trying to embrace in her professional career. Breakout comedian Cristela Alonzo stars in this hilarious comedy about laughing your way down the path to the new American dream. “Cristela” stars Cristela Alonzo as Cristela, Carlos Ponce as Felix, Terri Hoyos as Natalia, Andrew Leeds as Josh and Sam McMurray as Trent. “Cristela” is written by Cristela Alonzo and Kevin Hench. Executive Producers are Kevin Hench, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements and Shawn Levy. “Cristela” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.

Fresh off the Boat: It’s the 90s and 12 year old, hip-hop loving Eddie (Hudson Yang) just moved to suburban Orlando from DC’s Chinatown with his parents (Randall Park and Constance Wu). It’s culture shock for his immigrant family in this comedy about pursuing the American Dream. “Fresh Off the Boat” is based on Chef Eddie Huang’s memoir Fresh Off the Boat. “Fresh Off the Boat” stars Randall Park as Louis, Constance Wu as Jessica, Hudson Yang as Eddie, Forrest Wheeler as Emery and Ian Chen as Evan.“Fresh Off the Boat” is executive produced and written by Nahnatchka Kahn and executive produced by Jake Kasdan for 20th Century Fox Television.

Written by Brian Cantor

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