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Kicking off last night despite the fervent prayers of TV Guide Magazine's Matt Roush, Tim Allen's new comedy tests the meaning of both "new" and "comedy." Using the Improvement template as a cookie cutter, the show casts Allen as a macho dimwit (sound familiar?) with a manly job (right?), a hot sensible wife (of course!) and a house full of...
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- Damian Holbrook
Tim Allen's new show is called "Last Man Standing," but if you squint hard enough, and maybe add a couple of gorilla grunts of your own, you'd swear what's airing on ABC Tuesday night is a lost season of "Home Improvement."
Tim Taylor is now named Mike Baxter, and he's an executive at a sporting-goods company and not the semi-competent host of a fix-it show. His wife looks a lot like Nancy Travis now, his three kids are girls instead of boys, and there's no sage neighbor dispensing advice over the fence. But in tone and cadence, it's very much of a piece with Allen's old show.
That's not necessarily a bad thing: "Home Improvement" was a Top 10 hit throughout its run. But if you're looking for comedy that doesn't feel like it's rooted in 1995, "Last Man Standing" might not be your cup of tea.
It's here where Mike »
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the first episode of Home Improvement on ABC. That's right, it's been two decades since we first saw Tool Time with power-tooler Tim Taylor (Tim Allen), Al Borland (Richard Karn), and Lisa (Pamela Anderson) -- not to mention Tim's long-suffering family; spouse Jill (Patricia Richardson) and three children Brad (Zachery Ty Bryan), Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) and Mark (Taran Noah Smith).
EW recently reunited the cast for their upcoming reunion issue that comes out on October 8th. Richardson let the cat out of the bag via Twitter so the magazine published a preview photo. Sadly, the Taylors' over-the-fence neighbor, Wilson (Earl Hindman), wasn't present. He passed away in 2003.
The magazine notes that this was the first time that the surviving cast has been together since Thomas left the show in 1998. It's hard to believe that he just »
Look who showed up for the mother of all family reunions!
We were hoping to save our exclusive photo shoot of the Home Improvement cast for our Reunions Issue on newsstands Oct. 7, but somebody let the cat out of the bag via Twitter (we’re lookin’ at you, Patricia Richardson!), so we decided to give fans a sneak peek of the reunion held last month in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Though most of the stars had already seen each other two years ago at the TV Land Awards, the shoot was still a big thrill for cast members like Tim Allen »
- Lynette Rice
ABC just persuaded a major player from its glory days to come back and engage in a little home improvement. Tim Allen — whose long-running role as Tim Taylor on Home Improvement helped to propel ABC to No. 1 — will star in an unnamed multi-camera comedy pilot (the working title was The Last Days of Man).
Penned by the Emmy-winning Jack Burditt (The Mike O’Malley Show, Inside Schwartz), the comedy focuses on a guy’s guy who’s surrounded by women. The storyline is still being adjusted, but the original logline spoke of a character who is “fighting for his manhood »
- Lynette Rice
5 items from 2011
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