New Tim Allen Comedy a Chip off the ‘Home Improvement’ Block

by | August 8, 2011 at 3:44 PM | Fall TV Preview 2011

Tim Allen (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Tim Allen (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Upon first look at the pilot for Tim Allen’s new ABC sitcom “Last Man Standing,” it appears that it’s just a variation of the show that made the comedian famous – “Home Improvement.” And, guess what? That’s a-okay with Mr. Allen.

“That’s exactly what that is,” Allen told a room of reporters at TCA Monday morning. “I use the analogy when we were developing this that Michael Bay does the same types of movies, but that’s why you go to Michael Bay films.”

Allen joked that he was actually surprised when the “millions of offers” that came in didn’t touch on what he does best. “Oddly enough, it was never the same show. I don’t know why we couldn’t do a version of the same show rather than put me in a legal drama,” he said. “I thought it would be kind of fun literally to flip flop the two shows, [but] instead of tools it’s sporting goods and guns and ATVs and boats and I come home to four women.”

Preview “Last Man Standing”:

The family comedy is centered around “manly man” Allen’s character Mike and his relationships with the four women in his life: his wife Vanessa (Nancy Travis, who will be leaving The CW’s “Hart of Dixie” after the second episode) and his three daughters, Eve (Kaitlyn Dever), Kristin (Alexandra Krosney), and Mandy (Molly Ephraim).

During the panel, Allen was taken to task by a TV critic over a line in the pilot where his character makes a comment about a guy ending up dancing on a float, which, to some, could be taken as an anti-gay joke. “It wasn’t meant to be offensive,” responded Allen. “It was meant to be a reflection of this guy’s limited perspective.” Such a limited perspective that Mike didn’t even know what “Glee” is.

“Last Man Standing” debuts on ABC with a two-hour premiere on October 11 from 8-9 p.m.

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