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"Last Man Standing" has been renewed. ABC will bring the Tim Allen sitcom back for a third season.
Despite a shortened season and move to Friday nights, "Last Man Standing" held steady in the ratings. The Season 2 finale, which featured Allen reuniting with his "Home Improvement" co-star Jonathan Taylor Thomas, had 7.9 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic. That's a solid number for a broadcast series on a weekday, let alone a Friday.
Paired with "Malibu Country," the comedy brought viewers back to a time when Friday night meant Tgif on ABC.
In addition to "Last Man Standing," ABC renewed "Castle," "Grey's Anatomy," "The Middle," "Modern Family," "Nashville," "Once Upon A Time," "Revenge," "Scandal" and "Suburgatory." ABC canceled an additional five series from the 2012-2013 season: "Body Of Proof," "Happy Endings," "How To Live With Your Parents," "Malibu Country" and "Red Widow," which join the previously canceled "666 Park Avenue, »
- Chris Harnick
People.com readers aren't so quick to forgive and forget, it seems, given their reaction to the remarriage of Sandra Bullock's ex, Jesse James, though they were quick to warm up to how Jonathan Taylor Thomas has conducted his life since his Home Improvement days. Here, then, are the stories that sparked the strongest reactions from readers this week - what made you happy, sad, laugh out loud, awestruck, even angry. Meanwhile, please don't forget to keep clicking on the emoticons at the bottom of every story to tell us what you think. TV star Jonathan Taylor Thomas had »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Fast National ratings for Friday, March 22, 2013
It takes more than a little March Madness to take on Jonathan Taylor Thomas and ABC's sitcom finales: "Last Man Standing" and "Malibu Country" ended their second and first seasons, respectively, at the top of the Friday-night ratings. Both shows showed growth from previous weeks as well.
CBS continued with its Ncaa basketball tournament coverage, while NBC saw ratings stay even for new episodes of "Fashion Star" and "Grimm." Things were not so rosy over at Fox and The CW, where a "Kitchen Nightmares" rerun led into a down "Touch," and a repeat of CW's Justin Timberlake special led in to another low-rated entry for "Cult."
ABC led the night overall with 6.5 million viewers and a 4.2 rating/7 share in households, easily beating NBC (3.9 million, 2.6/5) for the top spot. CBS (3.6 million, 2.3/4) was not far behind in third. Fox drew 2.8 million viewers and a 1.8/3, while The »
"Last Man Standing" has come to the end of Season 2, and there were hints of changes in the air -- daughters moving out, college plans, new jobs... But all of that paled in comparison to the big draw of the season finale: the return of Jonathan Taylor Thomas to television.
In all honesty, getting Jtt was a big win for "Last Man Standing." We don't usually pay attention to this show, for example, so at least the Tim Allen sitcom managed that. But was it enough to end the season right?
We may need to use our Jtt checklist to figure that out.
Lots and lots of Jonathan Taylor Thomas: "Last Man Standing" didn't do so well here. Thomas appeared only in a couple of scenes and didn't have all that much to do.
Jtt bang for our buck: At least the show did well with what little Jonathan »
After years on a hit TV series and having his face plastered on the walls of teenage girls everywhere, Jonathan Taylor Thomas made a conscious decision to walk away from fame.
"I'd been going nonstop since I was 8-years-old," the 31-year-old former "Home Improvement" star told People. "I wanted to go to school, to travel and have a bit of a break."
Thomas played Randy Taylor on the top-rated ABC series from 1991 to 1998, and enrolled in Harvard University in 2000, where he studied philosophy and history, and would eventually go on to finally complete his degree, graduating from Columbia University in 2010.
"To sit in a big library amongst books and students, that was pretty cool. It was a novel experience for me," he told People of his educational experience, saying that he has "no regrets" about taking time away from the spotlight.
"I never took the fame too seriously. It was »
- Stephanie Marcus
Jonathan Taylor Thomas returns from obscurity tonight for a new episode of "Last Man Standing" -- but where the heck has he been since "Home Improvement" went off the air in 1999?"I wanted to go to school, to travel and have a bit of a break," Jtt tells People about his absence from the limelight. "I'd been going nonstop since I was 8 years old."The actor, now 31, attended Harvard, Columbia and St. Andrew's University in Scotland. Not too shabby of an education for Randy Taylor, right?"To sit in a big library amongst books and students, that was pretty cool," he says. "It was a novel experience for me."So what does he think about his '90s heyday, covering magazines like Bop, Teen Beat and bedroom walls everywhere? "I never took the fame too seriously," Thomas adds. "It was a great period in my life, but it doesn't define me. »
- tooFab Staff
MTV goes retro with classic seasons of The Real World this weekend.
Stay indoors, unless you want to risk catching youself saying, "In my days..."
My Name is Earl alum Nadine Velaquez is joining the cast of Major Crime in its second season, according to Deadline. Velaquez will play a D.A. working on the Phillip Stroh case who clashes with Captain Raydor.
I guess Fox News was having a slow news day. Have there been any national stories they've been trying to ignore this week? Any anniversaries? »
Jonathan Taylor Thomas, formerly of TV's Home Improvement, left Hollywood at the height of his career, a decision he's never second-guessed. "I'd been going nonstop since I was 8 years old," the 31-year-old actor, who appeared with Tim Allen on that ABC sitcom from 1991-99, tells People. "I wanted to go to school, to travel and have a bit of a break." In the nearly a decade away from the limelight, he attended Harvard, Columbia and St. Andrew's University in Scotland, and relished his time as a student. "To sit in a big library amongst books and students, that was pretty cool, »
- Aili Nahas
On TV this Friday: The Last Man Standing finale reunites two Taylors, Malibu Country seals its borders, Grimm gets blindsided and Fashion Star strikes a blow for elastic waistbands. Keeping in mind that March Madness is unfolding on CBS, TNT and TBS, here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Fashion Star (NBC) | The designers must create garments that will flatter any body type. Cue the “I can’t work with bodies that aren’t runway-size!” meltdown in 3… 2… 1….
- Kimberly Roots
var brightcovevideoid = '2239119772001'; Once a family, always a family. Jonathan Taylor Thomas makes a guest appearance on Tim Allen's ABC sitcom Last Man Standing this Friday. But several of the jokes are about a show that went off the air 14 years ago - Home Improvement, on which Allen and Thomas played father and son. "Man, you look familiar," Allen says in Friday's episode (to much laughter from the audience) upon meeting Thomas's character, a restaurant owner who has designs on Allen's daughter Kristin. "Well, you know, I used to work with Kristin," Thomas replies. "That's not it," Allen deadpans. »
- Tim Nudd
From Oscar nominees to Emmy winners and Warrior Princesses to Gossip Girls, "Veronica Mars" had its fair share of now-famous guest stars back in the day.
Many famous faces, like Leighton Meester and Krysten Ritter, appeared as classmates of Veronica's (Kristen Bell) at Neptune High and could easily appear at the 10-year reunion series creator Rob Thomas has planned for the "Veronica Mars" movie in the works. Others, like Lucy Lawless and Jonathan Taylor Thomas, might be a little bit of a stretch, but maybe it could still happen?
Thomas told The Huffington Post that actors "are coming out of the woodwork and it's been great."
"There are a lot of people who I've heard from saying, 'Hey ... Is there a chance my character is going to be in there?' I've been happy to say yes to the very small of those -- like the very small characters like Corny [Jonathan Chesner], our resident stoner. »
- The Huffington Post
Last Man Standing is hosting a pseudo father/son reunion on Friday, March 22 (ABC, 8/7c), when Home Improvement‘s Jonathan Taylor Thomas drops by Tim Allen‘s sitcom — and we have a first look at the “Taylor” men back together again.
Related | TVLine’s 2013 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled?
Thomas appears in the installment as the manager of a restaurant where Allen’s on-screen daughter Kristin (played by Amanda Fuller) is looking to work.
Watch Jtt and Allen poke fun at their storied TV history in the videos below, then hit the comments with your Home Improvement love. »
- Megan Masters
This week, it's finally happening: Jtt is stopping by "Last Man Standing" and reuniting him with his former TV dad Tim Allen.
Believe us, this mini-"Home Improvement" reunion does not disappoint.
Fans have buzzing about Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Allen together again on screen and in the two sneak peeks clips below, there are plenty of allusions to the actors' Tool Time days.
In the March 22 episode of "Last Man Standing," titled "College Girl," Thomas plays Jon, a friend of Kristin's (Amanda Fuller) who used to work with her at the diner. While out on a special date at a trendy, upscale restaurant with Ryan (Jordan Masterson), Kristin is surprised to see Jon, who now owns the restaurant.
In the first clip above, Kristin and Jon reunite and there's some banter about being a middle child, which is where Thomas' "Home Improvement" character Randy fell in the birth order. »
- Jaimie Etkin
Next week's "Last Man Standing" season finale reunites Tim Allen with his "Home Improvement" son Jonathan Taylor Thomas -- and, as expected, there are plenty of wink-wink nudge-nudge references to their Tool Time days.
In the clips below (which encompass most of Jtt's screen time on the show), Thomas can be seen talking about how the middle sitcom child is usually the funniest, and later, meeting Allen's character for the first time.
He plays Jon, an old friend of Kristen's who owns a swanky restaurant in town and offers her a new job when she believes it's time to move on with her life... and out of her parents' house. Watch the clips below to see the reunion!
You're about to feel really old, because Randy Taylor is a grown up."Home Improvement" star Jonathan Taylor Thomas returns to TV for the first time since 2005 in next week's "Last Man Standing" -- and we have the first clip of him reuniting with his former onscreen dad, Tim Allen. Thomas was last seen on TV in a 2005 episode of "Veronica Mars," and since then has only resurfaced for an EW photo shoot last year.See more of Jtt when the full episode airs next Friday on ABC.Who else is excited to see the former teen idol acting again? It's been too long. Check out more former '90s and '00s heartthrobs in the gallery below. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Jonathan Taylor Thomas is reuniting with his former on-screen dad Tim Allen for the season finale of "Last Man Standing," in which his character is the catalyst for some big changes around the Baxter house.
Here are six things to look forward to in "College Girl," which airs Friday, March 22 and is the show's season finale:
Kristin finds out her former diner co-worker Jon (Thomas) is now the owner of a swanky restaurant, which is the last straw in her feeling bad about her situation of making very little money and living at home. Jtt's appearance is marked by some great nods to "Home Improvement," including Tim Taylor's signature catch phrase. Will Kristin and Boyd move to notorious neighborhood Five Points because that's all she can afford on her diner salary? We aren't telling, but Mike and neighbor Chuck have some fun at Ryan's expense when he tells them she's considering it. »
This week's gonzo teen nightmare Spring Breakers is trumpeting the fact that two of its leads - Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez - traditionally play "good girls". But the whole "teen idol gone bad" strategy is a longstanding Hollywood tradition aimed to help transition pigeonholed teen stars into "serious" actors.
Here are a few fellas who tried the tactic, to varying degrees of success.
The squeaky-clean kid from Home Improvement took a step toward tarnishing his image by playing an evil, bisexual hooker in this gritty drama, giving a whole new meaning to "Tool Time"!
Jgl also went the hustler route for his breakout from small-screen teen stardom - only the 3rd Rock star went "the full gay" in this unsettling and excellent indie drama.
Yet another teen heartthrob caught a case of gay hustleritis »
News broke this week of a Kickstarter campaign to make the long-discussed Veronica Mars movie happen, and faster than you can say "I'm on the case, Detective Mars," the project met its goal. In fact, creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell, who led the charge, surpassed their goal of $2 million in the first day alone. The Veronica Mars Kickstarter fund currently stands at over $2.6 million, more than enough to bring our heroine back to save the streets of Neptune for a full-length film. Clearly I'm not the only one who's jazzed about Veronica's return, given the staggering amount of people who donated and broke Kickstarter records. Read on to find out why I'm so excited. This means the return of Logan. Long before Ian Somerhalder set the small screen on fire with his smolders, Jason Dohring was steaming up TV with his longing looks. His chemistry with Veronica was »
- Maggie Pehanick
Randy Taylor's all grown up! Fifteen years after ending his run as Tim Allen's second-oldest son on the 1990s sitcom Home Improvement, Jonathan Taylor Thomas is reuniting with his former TV dad on Allen's new show, Last Man Standing. The 31-year-old actor -- known to fans as Jtt -- will appear on the series on Friday, March 22. According to ABC's official description of the episode, titled "College Girl," Thomas plays a successful, hip restaurateur who once worked with Allen's TV daughter Kristin (Amanda Fuller). Snapshots from the [...] »
- Allison Takeda
Have you, like me, been eagerly awaiting Jonathan Taylor Thomas's return to primetime? Come March 22, nostalgic Home Improvement fans will get to see the ultimate '90s heartthrob reunite with his onscreen dad Tim Allen on Allen's new sitcom, Last Man Standing. May I say, the 31-year-old is looking as cute as ever. To find out who he's playing, click through all the pictures! View Slideshow › »
- Maggie Pehanick
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