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Last Man Standing - Season 7 - Molly McCook and Jet Jurgensmeyer Join Cast in Recasting



Molly McCook (The Ranch, Good Trouble) has been cast as Mandy and Jet Jurgensmeyer (Will & Grace) will play Boyd in FOX's Last Man Standing revival. Molly Ephraim and Flynn Morrison originally played the characters during the ABC run of 6 seasons and choose not to return for the 7th season per Deadline.

Deadline also noted a Chinese exchange student is moving into the Baxter home at the FOX TCA panel. Variety notes that Nancy Travis' “Vanessa, when she was in her teens, went on a foreign exchange and she’s been a big supporter of that” hence the exchange student storyline.

Molly Ephraim was unavailable due to commitments made when the show was canceled; producers decided they wanted to “age up” Flynn Morrison’s character to be 12, they said.

Allen did, however fault ABC for not giving them a heads up that this was in the works. “I thought it was done very poorly. None of us knew,” he said.


“Mike Baxter is a conservative, a Republican, he holds those ideals,” Abbott said at the Television Critics Assn. press tour panel for the show Thursday. “The central character has a more conservative [view, but] we don’t really do issues of the week. We consider ourselves a family show with a traditional character at the center of it.”

In order to fill any void left by not having the full Baxter family intact in every episode, as well as to incorporate new conflict for Allen’s character, the show is aging up Kristin’s son to the age of 12 for some “fun storylines about a young man on the cusp” of his teenage years and how Mike will relate, after having just raised three daughters. The show will also kill off Mike’s father Bud (Robert Forster) in order to allow mortality and grief to play throughout the season. And perhaps most notably, they are bringing in a new teenage player — a foreign exchange student from China.

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