Some might call Tim Allen’s new sitcom, “Home Improvement 2” but for those who took comfort in Tim Allen’s “man’s man” attitude and shtick will likely enjoy his new show premiering this fall on ABC.
“Last Man Standing,” which debuts Oct. 11, follows Mike Baxter, a Denver dad and rustic outdoorsman who wields hunting and fishing gear at work but must navigate the nuanced world of women at home, where he lives with a strong-willed wife (Nancy Travis) and three daughters. Tim Allen describes the show as “‘Home Improvement’ inside out.” Instead of three boys, its three girls; instead of power tools, it’s guns, knives and canoes. Rather than hosting a cable-access show, “Tool Time,” his character runs a video blog at an adventure gear store.
Like I said, Home Improvement 2.
It’ll be interesting to see if this show, which beckons the old-school sitcom format of a multi-camera, live-audience setup, will be able to compete with the Realty Show and other slickly produced shows that are so prevalent these days on the tube.
The LA Times reports that ABC and 20th Century Fox are putting a lot into Tim Allen’s new show to keep it current including “using expensive state-of-the-art cameras and especially large, deep sets to give the show a sophisticated and filmic quality.”
The Times went on to say that ABC received criticism last season from advertisers for skewing too female (almost 65% of its prime-time audience); it needed to draw in the men this fall.
What better way to get the male audience back then have Tim Allen wax poetic about hunting, fishing, and other things “real men” like to do.
Apparently the old “Home Improvement” crew will be getting back together for the new show. Anyone who needs a job that worked on the show will soon be employed again. The crew will include director of photography Donald A. Morgan, who won “Home Improvement” seven Emmys.
“I said, anybody who’s still alive, call ‘em up,” Allen says. “I’m hopeful that we’ll have a job for a while. Because I like it here. This is bigger than television; there’s a family developing here.”
We’ll see if the family can bring back the same magic (and ratings) that “Home Improvement” brought back in the 90s.
If not, it’s back to the movies for Tim Allen.