Last Man Standing will return with one notable casting change for its Fox revival season, and we have some suggestions.
The beloved sitcom, which was shockingly brought back from TV death in May when Fox announced it had picked it up for a seventh season, more than a year since the show had been canceled by ABC.
Though the bulk of its lead cast — including star Tim Allen, Nancy Travis and Hector Elizondo — are expected to return for the new season, the role of the Baxter's middle child Amanda Elaine "Mandy" Baxter-Anderson is up for grabs as star Molly Ephraim will not be returning to the series.
Though we are sad to see Ephraim go, this opens up the role for many talented young actresses who could exercise their comedy muscle in the role of Mike Baxter's (Allen) rebellious middle child.
From her series regular role on ABC Family/Freeform's Switched at Birth, to recurring and guest starring roles in series like Gilmore Girls, Grey's Anatomy and most recently Station 19, Marano has proven herself as a dramatic actress.
Taking over the role of Mandy could allow her to shine in comedy, like she did on a 2017 episode of Silicon Valley.prevnext
After Roseanne Barr tweeted a racist remark at Valerie Jarrett that led to the cancellation of the revival, Kenney was one of the first cast members to speak out against Barr and say she would not be involved with the show. Since then, ABC announced The Conners but has not confirmed whether the child actors will reprise their roles on the series.
Should Kenney not be back for The Conners, Last Man Standing could be an alternative.prevnext
A veteran of acting in multi-camera comedies like Jessie and Suite Life on Deck, Ryan just needs good dye job and she's ready to take on the role.prevnext
In fact, Cyrus last graced our TV screens in an acting role when she played a recurring character on Two and a Half Men in 2012, unless we count Woody Allen's Crisis in Six Scenes but that was a train wreck.
Get a good wig on Miley's head (again) and she could step into Mandy's shoes without a second thought.prevnext
Can't you just envision Mendler and Allen sharing heartwarming father-daughter moments? It's almost too perfect.prevnext
Miranda Cosgrove should be headlining her own show as she did during her Nickelodeon days, but if she has to prove herself once again as a talented performer, might as well do it on Last Man Standing.prevnext
Coming from the recently canceled Kevin Can Wait, Spreitler is used to unusual casting changes. The comedy shocked fans and critics who it decided to fire co-star Erinn Hayes, who played Spreitler's on-screen mom, by killing her off and barely dealing with the fallout of her death.
Thankfully this recast doesn't have to be as traumatic.prevnext
Although James is set to attend Harvard University starting this fall, Last Man Standing would be smart to accommodate to this young rising star's schedule.prevnext
The "self-made" businesswoman has never expressed an interest in acting before but she does have a connection to Last Man Standing. Her sister Kim Kardashian West once guest-starred on the series in 2012, in a scene where Mandy meets her at a book signing.1comments
If that's not a sign that Jenner is meant to take over the role, I don't know what is real anymore.
Last Man Standing will return for its seventh season Friday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.prev