The Last Man Standing Premiere Is Definitely Political

Earlier this summer the cast and producers of Last Man Standing said the show wasn't going to talk about Donald Trump in Season 7, which will air on Fox after the series was canceled by ABC after six seasons. However, the show is definitely wasting no time in talking about politics. The premiere was screened for press and fans during the Paley Fest Fall Previews in Los Angeles on Thursday, and it centers on how America's political divide is causing a giant rift in the Baxter family.

While the episode doesn't specifically mention the president by name, or even mention political parties at all, lines are drawn in the sand between the left and the right. Unlike Roseanne, which jumped into the specific issues that separated the Conners, Last Man Standing just wants to address the split happening in families as conservatives and liberals separate into their own factions.

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"What the first episode was really about, what was really important to us as storytellers and the people who are in the show, is that the country now -- we've separated too much," executive producer Matt Berry explained after the screening. "We've separated into camps and there's all these divisions. While this show is featuring a character that is unusual on TV and is from a conservative standpoint, the basis of this show is that it's a family. It's a family show. This is a family that loves each other and would do anything for each other... That speaks to something that needs to be said right now."

Even though the show isn't afraid to touch on politics -- Mike Baxter (Tim Allen) is a proud and vocal conservative -- the show isn't attempting to stand on a soapbox every week.

"We deal with current issues when they arrive in a natural course of events in telling a story, when they affect everybody's lives," added showrunner Kevin Abbott. "We don't start off going, 'This week let's do a show about healthcare. Let's do a show about this.' That's not how we approach it."

However, that doesn't mean politics won't be discussed at all. Mike will be the vehicle used to comment on those matters when they arise in the story. "We have a character at the center of this show that is conservative and is involved politically, so we will be able to naturally make commentary and get responses," Abbot said. "That's not our primary drive. Our primary drive is to tell good, entertaining, enlightening stories about our characters."

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While the current political climate is tearing people apart, the cast and crew of the show hope that by exploring these issues they can actually help people heal and learn to respect each other again. Hector Elizondo, for one, is hoping the show can be more of a bridge than another dividing moment.

"I want it to help heal the schism more than anything else, for people to start talking to each other in America," the actor said. "And to laugh at one another and with each other. If we can come close to that, it's a hell of a lot."

Last Man Standing returns Friday, Sept. 8 at 8/7c on Fox.

This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Sep 15, 2018
However, that doesn't mean politics won't be discussed at all. Mike will be the vehicle used to comment on those matters when they arise in the story. "We have a character at the center of this show that is conservative and is involved politically, so we will be able to naturally make commentary and get responses," Abbot said. "That's not our primary drive. Our primary drive is to tell good, entertaining, enlightening stories about our characters

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Sep 14, 2018
The Left are the ones who created all this division amongst the country. Both the Right and the Left ultimately shouldn't have to be enemies anyways, it's a shame that we are, but unfortunately that's how the current climate is pretty much worldwide.
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Sep 15, 2018
Both sides are in the wrong. Politicians should represent all the people in their part of the country, not just the people who voted for them and the money behind the politician.
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Sep 15, 2018
Both sides are in the wrong to a degree yes, but the Left are way more of the wrong side right now in history. Mind you, the Left have always been bad more or less from the beginning of the US so there's that.....
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Sep 17, 2018
"Actually go research the origins of the Republicans and the Democrats and you'll see who the bad ones are." Speaking as someone with an advanced degree on this very topic (not that you need one to Google the answer for yourself), this false equivalency is an extremely lazy argument, and one I am tired of hearing about. Political parties and their values hundreds of years ago do not reflect the modern incarnations today. "Even the Nazis were Left leaning, that should tell you everything." Oh, look, ANOTHER incorrect, non-fact-checked statement. The National Socialists (Nazis) completely ignored socialism’s primary aim and substituted their own agenda. Why don't you take some time to research your own facts before just lazily spewing tired rhetoric that has been proven wrong time and time again by people on both side who, unlike you, actually know what they're talking about.
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Sep 15, 2018
Utter bullshit. The left stand for everyone equally, the right stand for rich white dudes, just the trailer trash/redneck type Trump voters are too dumb to see past the rhetoric and propaganda, in one way they're victims of Trump just as much as everyone else, what has Trump done for them? Hasn't fixed infrastructure, hasn't fixed the opioid crisis, hasn't fixed healthcare. Trump has helped rich white men, nobody else.
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Sep 15, 2018
I'm not talking about Trump first of all. 2nd, actually go research the origins of the Republicans and the Democrats and you'll see who the bad ones are.

They were the ones who wanted to keep slavery during the American Civil War. They created the KKK(look it up if you don't believe me). Even the Nazis were Left leaning, that should tell you everything.

The Left worldwide always stand for socialism and communism, wake the fuck up.........
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Sep 14, 2018
So it's not about how their daughter Mandy was killed and replaced by an interloper then...
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