Last Man Standing is losing a couple familiar faces in the transition from ABC to Fox, but it sounds like the show will gain a new one.

While recasting is still underway for the roles of Mandy (Molly Ephraim) and Boyd (Flynn Morrison), Eve (Kaitlyn Dever) will be absent for much of the season because she joined the Air Force Academy. According to executive producer Kevin Abbott, the hole in the cast will be filled by a Chinese exchange student who comes to stay with the family.

"The Vanessa [Nancy Travis] character, when she was in her teens, went on a foreign exchange. She was a big supporter of that all her life, and she wants to bring in a child to support that program," Abbott told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

Last Man Standing to Recast Two Baxter Family Members

Abbot also teased that introducing a child who's used to a different political system will obviously cause some interesting conflicts for a man as opinionated as Mike Baxter (Tim Allen), so we've got that to look forward to! Casting for the character has not been announced yet, but the writers plan to introduce the character early in Season 7.

Last Man Standing will air Fridays this fall at 8/7c on Fox.

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