Tim Allen has been busy.
It’s been years since he starred in Home Improvement, and the Santa Clause Trilogy, but thanks to his ongoing role as Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story movies – the fourth of which came out just last summer – and his latest sitcom, Last Man Standing, the former stand-up comedian has stayed relevant.
That said, his most famous role will always be as Tool Time’s Tim Taylor. With Friends getting the reunion treatment and Roseanne, a clear precursor, getting an entirely new run, Allen spoke a bit about the potential for a Home Improvement redux of some kind, and whether Tim Taylor makes sense in 2020. Especially since the character he plays on Last Man Standing is a slightly more grounded version of that same persona.
“I always think about it, because I still talk to everybody involved,” Allen said in a recent interview with TVLine. “The question I had was, ‘Is it still relevant? Is Tim Taylor relevant in the Mike Baxter world?’ Because Mike Baxter is like a real version of Tim Taylor; he’s not such a joke. And the [Outdoor Man] vlogs are like Mike’s version of Tool Time done as a web series.”
As for potentially revisiting Home Improvement?
“I like the idea of doing it as a one-off, like a one-hour movie [versus a full-fledged revival series],” Allen said. “I like the idea of finding out where the boys are now, and where… Tool Time would be in today’s world. I just think it’s a marvelous idea, and all the actors think it’s a great idea.”
Audiences seem to have a pretty strong appetite for revisiting old favorites, and if Last Man Standing gets another season it will have run longer than his original show, so Tim Allen remains popular. So it’s honestly surprising that this is the first time the idea of Home Improvement coming back has been raised. I’d be even more surprised if it doesn’t come to pass, one way or another, especially if Allen is right about the cast being game.
I just hope they get Pamela Anderson back too.