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7 items from 2011


Watercooler: Sit Down and Shut Up, Last Man Standing

11 October 2011 6:05 PM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

So apparently Tim Taylor had a secret family. Either that, or nobody thinks we'll realize that Last Man Standing is Home Improvement with daughters instead of sons. And groans, instead of laughs.

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

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'Last Man Standing' review: Welcome back to 'Home Improvement'

11 October 2011 7:00 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

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 »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Home Improvement: Cast Reunites for 20th Anniversary

17 September 2011 4:40 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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 »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Official photo from 'Home Improvement' cast reunion -- Exclusive

8 September 2011 3:46 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

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

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'Home Improvement': Celebrating the heartwarming series... and, of course, Jtt

26 August 2011 9:35 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

There was one very attractive reason I watched Home Improvement every week as a child. Say it with me: Jonathan Taylor Thomas. The Justin Bieber of the ’90s, Jtt was talented, well-coiffed, and completely non-threatening, even though parents would be petrified knowing what pre-teens daydreamed about the young actor. When Home Improvement hit its stride in the mid-’90s, I hit the age in which boys were suddenly attractive, but still verboten enough to make any crush extremely embarrassing. So I used to admire Jtt secretly. When no one was looking, I’d pick up the teen magazine at our »

- Kate Ward

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Tim Allen searches for real men in return to TV

8 August 2011 2:30 PM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

By Jill Serjeant

Los Angeles (Reuters) - Tim Allen is headed back to television in his first network comedy in 12 years, feeling like the last real man in a woman's world.

Or at least, that's what his character Mike is experiencing in "Last Man Standing" -- a family man surrounded by three headstrong daughters and a wife who has gone back to work, turning him into the stay at home dad.

The series, making its debut on ABC in October, turns Allen's former alter ego, construction expert Tim Taylor in his hit 1990s comedy "Home Improvement" on its head. It is also one of a slew of upcoming TV comedies that feature emasculated or struggling men in a world where women appear to have the upper hand.

"What I really wanted was to flip flop 'Home Improvement' and investigate what it would be like to be around four women who are intelligent, »

- Reuters

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Tim Allen returning to TV in ABC pilot

18 February 2011 12:49 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

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

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