On the heels of handing out a full-season order for freshman drama Nashville, ABC has requested three additional scripts each for comedies Malibu Country and Last Man Standing.
Launching their seasons two weeks ago, both shows posted great ratings in the 8:00 and 8:30 PM timeslots on Friday night, although the numbers dropped by double digits in the second week. They both entered the fall with orders for only thirteen episodes, so this news brings the total up to 16 if the scripts meet with the Alphabet network's approval.
Starring country music legend Reba McEntire, the series premiere of Malibu Country gained one million viewers over its lead-in—the season premiere of sophomore sitcom Last Man Standing—and scored ABC's highest numbers in the 8:30 PM half-hour in nearly five years. Although this is the second season for the Tim Allen vehicle, Last Man Standing is debuting a revamped cast this fall, as the eldest daughter and her infant son were replaced and aged forward between seasons.
Still awaiting word from ABC on their fates are new dramas Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue. Nashville was the second new show to receive a full-season pickup from the network, following the aliens-in-suburbia comedy The Neighbors. In its second season, ABC drama Scandal recently received a full-season pickup after starting off with a 13-episode order as well.
I've never seen an actual episode of Last Man Standing or Malibu Country, but the commercials make the shows look like remakes of Home Improvement and Reba. Am I right, or are the advertisements doing a great disservice to these stellar programs?