Tim Allen Teases HOME IMPROVEMENT Spinoff: ‘It’s Come Up’
By Movieguide® Contributor
While promoting Season 2 of THE SANTA CLAUSES, Tim Allen revealed that he has thought about a spinoff of his ’90s sitcom HOME IMPROVEMENT.
“I see Richard Karn a lot,” Allen told The Messenger. “And I talk to the boys…and I’m there as one of their friends. We keep talking about [a spinoff].”
Karn played Al Borland in the Allen-led sitcom. HOME IMPROVEMENT ran on ABC for eight seasons from 1991 to 1999. The show followed Allen’s character, Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, as he raised his three mischievous boys.
If a spinoff were to happen, it would see all of the original characters grown up with a new set of kids to cause chaos in the family.
“It’s funny, one of the conversations we’ve had recently is how weird it would be if HOME IMPROVEMENT would be about the kids’ kids,” he said. “Like if all of them had children, and I’m a grandparent. HOME RE-IMPROVEMENT or something like that. It’s come up.”
This isn’t the first time Allen has played with the idea of a reboot. In 2018, he told Entertainment Tonight that he is very interested in reprising that role.
“It has been floated,” Allen told ET. “Yeah, that would be cool to do it years later, like ROSEANNE. I like that idea. I still miss LAST MAN STANDING. We didn’t get our seventh year. I adored that show. It’s like having a new dog and now to go back to the old dog? I don’t know. I like both characters, but yeah, I’d be very interested in that idea.”
While a spinoff has yet to happen, Allen and Karn have reunited to host a show similar to the one their characters ran on HOME IMPROVEMENT.
HOME IMPROVEMENT fans are in for a treat as the iconic duo Tim Allen and Richard Karn will host the new television series ASSEMBLY REQUIRED.
Allen, 67, and Karn, 65, are famous for their chemistry on the 1990s sitcom as Tim Taylor and Al Borland, who hosted the fictional television series “Tool Time.” Ever since HOME IMPROVEMENT ended in 1999, fans held out for a reboot.
Although ASSEMBLY REQUIRED is not a reboot in the traditional sense, the show sees Allen and Karn team up to host a reality series that features contestants who must fix and refurbish everyday household items.
“When we started doing ‘Home Improvement,’ we had audiences watching ‘Tool Time’ that hadn’t seen the show at all,” Karn recalled at the show’s recent TCA panel. “Our relationship kind of happened before we knew what it was. We took our cues from audience reactions to us, but we didn’t know there was anything really outstanding about how we were playing off each other.
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