The apparent consensus among conservatives, especially radio talk show hosts, is that Hollywood is neck-deep in knee-jerk liberals living in their elitist bubble and arrogantly foisting their left-wing agendas upon a hapless America.
True? It depends on your perspective. I’ll just say that one does not have to look too far to the right to find conservative Republicans in Hollywood. The list may not be as long as the Democrats, but there is a list.
Who’s on the roster? Here are a few: Clint Eastwood, Shannen Doherty, Robert Downey Jr., Melissa Joan Hart, Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Miller, Rob Schneider, Angie Harmon, Vince Vaughn, Tom Selleck, James Woods, Jon Voight, Gary Sinise, Chuck Norris, Robert Duvall, Dwayne Johnson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, James Caan and Susan Lucci.
Note that there are several A-listers in that lineup. Two more well-known conservatives are popular TV stars Patricia Heaton (The Middle) and Tim Allen (Last Man Standing).
Heaton’s ABC sitcom begins its ninth and final season on Oct. 3, but unfortunately for Allen fans, ABC has pulled the plug on Last Man Standing. The comedy got in six good seasons, which is a respectable record these days.
Last Man Standing had been on the renewal bubble for several seasons, but ABC was a bit tardy in handing out the pink slips this year, so the cancellation came as a surprise to Allen.
In the series, Allen plays Mike Baxter, a marketing director for a chain of sporting goods stores. Mike is politically conservative and his online video blog for the store is frequently peppered with political rants.
Fans of the show initially cried “foul,” saying the series must have been canceled due to Allen’s right wing political views. Allen’s initial reaction did little to dissuade them.
When ABC officially axed the show on May 16, Allen tweeted, “Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years.”
The online petition outfit change.org called for a boycott of the network for killing the show, speculating politics was behind the move. The petition quickly reached its goal of 150,000 signatures.
Poor ratings were not a reason for the show’s demise. According to Nielsen, last season Last Man Standing was ABC’s No. 2 comedy with an average of 8.1 million viewers, behind only Modern Family (8.7 million).
Why the ax? Follow the money: 20th Century Fox Television, not ABC, owns the show.
The Hollywood Reporter quotes new ABC…