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Last Man Standing Reveals How They Got Permission to Use Tim Allen’s Home Improvement Character


#In an upcoming episode of #Last #Man #Standing it will seem like #Crisis on #Infinite #Sitcoms as #Tim #Allen meets #Tim #Allen. #In the episode, #Allen’s #Last #Man #Standing character #Mike #Baxter will come face to face with #Allen’s #Home #Improvement character #Tim “The #Tool #Man” #Taylor. #It’s not the first time that the series has crossed paths with #Allen’s ’90s sitcom, previously casting his #Home #Improvement co-stars #Jonathan #Taylor #Thomas, #Patricia #Richardson, and #Richard #Karn in roles for the series. #Though #Last #Man #Standing and #Home #Improvement are all under the larger umbrella of The #Walt #Disney #Company, it still took a lot of different entities to sign off on the idea for it to become a reality.

“The first hurdle you have to jump is to get #Tim to sign off on it,”showrunner #Kevin #Abbott revealed to TheWrap, saying the idea came to them after #Fox asked they conceive of a “big promotable event.” “I want to make sure that he wanted to play it — which he did, he fully embraced the idea, with the proviso that we would honor that character, not make fun of him or anything, which we would never do.” I really liked ‘Home #Improvement’ and #Matt #Williams and #David #McFadzean and #Carmen #Finestra, who created ‘Home #Improvement,’ were really kind and generous in allowing us to use the character and certain iconic symbols from the show and bits. #So we were going to bend over backward to not give them any reason to regret allowing us to do that.”

#After this it was required that #Fox get permission from #Disney, who controls the rights to #Home #Improvement (even though 20th #Century #Television is owned by #Disney, #Fox broadcasting remains a separate entity). #Going through those channels took some time however with #Abbott confirming “bigger legal hurdles than you would think” in front of them.

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“#It was the day before the table read that I got permission to actually go forward with the episode,” #Abbott said. “#And that was only because I threatened, ‘I’m reading it anyway.’ #So they finally agreed to it.”

#Abbott also revealed the circumstances of where #Tim #Taylor now finds himself in the episode, #Home #Improvement having wrapped up over 20 years ago. #Taylor, having departed his “#Tool #Time” TV series in the 1999 series finale, now works for #Binford #Tools, a company that was a sponsor for #Tool #Time and whose products were used frequently (not to mention having appeared in episodes of #Last #Man #Standing). #Taylor now “travels around doing quality control at the various #Binford #Tools” according to #Abbott, and while visiting a #Denver area store learns about a man that “that he looks exactly like,” setting up the meeting.

#Last #Man #Standing season will premiere in a special #Sunday night slot on #Jan 3rd at 8:30pm ET. The rest of season 9 will air in its regular slot on #Thursdays at 9:30 pm ET. #No premiere date for the crossover episode has been set yet.



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