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Tim Allen Makes Return To TV with ‘Last Man Standing’

Last night was actor/comedian Tim Allen’s return to where he became a household name, ABC prime time.  His new show Last Man Standing premiered last night, and over all it wasn’t bad, but it leave me longing for Home Improvement.

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Back in the 90′s Tim Allen was larger than life.  He had a hit TV show, he had movies.  For Pete’s sake, he was Buzz Lightyear.  Well Tim is back, with a new show with a bit of the same dynamic.  Last Man Standing puts Tim Allen’s character smack dab in an evolving world that he really doesn’t understand.  Back in the Home Improvement days I know the show was loosely based on Allen’s stand up act, so I can’t help but think that this is just that, evolved.

The show’s premise is that the world has turned into a bunch of softies, and Allen’s character ( Mike Baxter) is a “man’s man” who wants to set things right.  it’s not to far off from hims Tim Taylor character, plus he once again has a tough wife who isn’t afraid to let him have it three children.  Instead of three boys, this time he has three girls, one of which has a baby.  I think the characters work pretty well.  Nancy Travis as his wife, Vanessa Baxter, is a great addition as well as Héctor Elizondo as Allen’s boss, Ed.

Overall, I thought the show was pretty funny.  It did have me missing those classic Home Improvement episodes though.  If your looking for something more than a sitcom, than this is not for you.  If you like to laugh and are a fan of Allen’s brand of comedy then you’ll love it.  Last Man Standing will air Tuesday nights on ABC at 8pm.

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