Last Man Standing was a pleasant surprise on ABC’s lineup last year, despite its unlikely success. Sure, it was the return of Tim Allen to primetime, but over saturation and regular schedule shifts often lead to failure. However, the show was a breath of fresh air as families once again could enjoy a wholesome comedy together. TV was lacking this in recent seasons.
This was one of the few shows ABC chose to pickup after its original run, almost double its season before the finale. It doesn’t help when major stars like Kim Kardashian and Nick Jonas guest star each week. Fans can expect some major changes for season two that will either help or hurt the credibility of the show.
The first awkward change is replacing the role of eldest daughter, Kristin. Kristin is one of the main focuses of the story as she is the daughter who gave birth to the only other man in the house- Boyd. Originally played by Alexandra Krosney, she will be replaced by Grey’s Anatomy star Amanda Fuller. Producers are claiming along the lines of “creative differences,” but regardless what the reasoning is it is never easy to digest such a major character change this far into the show. Speaking of little Boyd, he will appear a little older on the show and will also be played by Flynn Morrison for the second season.
Since Kristin and Boyd are new to the show, why not replace baby daddy Ryan, too? Ryan was originally played by Nick Jonas, but rumor has it he will be on American Idol this season as a judge. If this doesn’t work out he also has a major role on NBC’s drama, Smash. Something tells me he may be too busy or it is a conflict of interest..
Fans can expect that Jordan Masterson, half-brother of That 70s Show's Danny Masterson, will play Ryan in the upcoming season. Masterson had a recurring role on ABC Family's Greek and guest roles on How I Met Your Mother and CSI Miami.
Last Man Standing returns to ABC on Nov. 2 at 8/7c.