Last Guy Standing on Fox may be coming to an end, however Tim Allen might be sending out hints that he is ready to return to his ’90 s funny House Enhancement On the January 7 episode of the show, Mike Baxter (played by Tim Allen) got some, well, ‘home improvement’ courtesy of Tim ‘Tool Time’ Taylor, the character Allen played across 200 episodes from 1991 to 1999.
In many ways, the timing was ideal for Allen to revive his signature role. The episode of Last Guy Standing is its last ever winter season best, implying that it was one of the program’s last opportunities to get some headings. 2021 likewise marks the 30 th anniversary year of House Enhancement, which debuted in September 1991.
The Tool Time cameo gave Allen the perfect chance to pay tribute to the role that made his career, with plenty of Easter eggs for fans of House Improvement consisting of a homage to Wilson actor Earl Hindman, who passed away of lung cancer in 2003.
Nevertheless, with the program about to celebrate a major milestone, this Last Man Standing cameo might maybe be serving as a backdoor pilot to a future House Enhancement reboot.
Talking To TVLine, Last Male Standing showrunner Kevin Abbott stated: “I really loved Home Enhancement, so I didn’t wish to do anything that would in any method disparage that character and that franchise, I didn’t want to mock it in any method, shape or form. I wanted to take care.
” Maybe they do something with [the ABC sitcom] in the future, a reboot or something, I don’t know, so I didn’t want to trap them in anything either. And Tim and I had a number of long conversations about where Tim Taylor would have wound up at this time. We changed the story a couple times in order to attempt to get to a location that we all felt very good about.”
In February 2020, Allen informed the very same site that he was open to a rival of the sitcom. He said: “I always consider it, since I still talk with everybody included.”
Nevertheless, were the program to return, it would remain in a restricted format. “I like the concept of doing it as a one-off, like a one-hour film,” he stated. “I like the idea of finding out where the young boys are now, and where … Tool Time would remain in today’s world. I simply believe it’s a splendid concept, and all the actors believe it’s an excellent concept.”
Recently, a number of ’90 s sitcoms have returned as minimal series with a set number of episodes, so House Enhancement could follow this route. Mad About You, for instance, returned as a minimal series in 2020 on Spectrum, the exact same year that Fox released BH90210, a meta take on the reboot that saw Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling et al playing versions of themselves launching a Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot. More just recently, Saved By the Bell was brought back to life on Peacock.