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Tim Allen reprised his role as Home Improvement‘s Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor through Thursday’s Final Male Standing. In the episode, Vanessa employed the former Resource Time host (who was sporting a classic Binford Instruments t-shirt) to cope with a sequence of dwelling repairs. The fifty percent-hour concluded with a really meta dialogue concerning Allen’s alter egos, which also alluded to the Fox sitcom’s rapid-approaching series finale.

Down below, showrunner Kevin Abbott discusses the not likely crossover function (which paid out homage to a late Dwelling Improvement cast member) and reveals how Mike and Tim’s dialogue will get the Outside Man boss wondering about his 3rd act.

TVLINE | Let’s get started at the commencing. When did the strategy very first arrive about to have Allen reprise his Residence Enhancement job?

We had presently broken the 1st seven episodes when Fox, as they normally do, questioned, “Hey, is there some big event, or anything grabby you can have as your premiere?” And I just hate all those [episodes]. I tend to assume of our clearly show as a tiny clearly show, you know? We tell compact tales — so, by definition, some thing major and stunty truly doesn’t come about on our present. It was [our writer] Jon Haller who claimed, “We’ve had a lot of the Household Enhancement men and women on, and the only major character we have not had is Tim Taylor,” and I went, “That’s brilliant. You are going to start out having compensated, sir.” [Laughs]

TVLINE | After the concept was pitched, was it as straightforward as crafting the episode? Or did you have to get permission to use the Tim Taylor character?

There were being some lawful problems to soar via, believe that it or not. I thought, properly, this will be straightforward since I know Tim [will be into it], but we had to leap by some hoops. But [Home Improvement creators] Matt Williams, David McFadzean and Carmen Finestra have been really sort and very generous, and they permitted us to use the character and some of the bits, and we experienced a wonderful time.

TVLINE | How protective was Allen of the Household Advancement legacy?

I would say very protective. I built him the assure heading in that we would regard it. I truly loved House Enhancement, so I did not want to do something that would in any way disparage that character and that franchise, I did not want to mock it in any way, condition or sort. I wished to be watchful. Probably they do a little something with [the ABC sitcom] in the potential, a reboot or a thing, I do not know, so I did not want to trap them in anything either. And Tim and I experienced numerous prolonged discussions about wherever Tim Taylor would have wound up at this issue in time. We improved the storyline a few instances in get to try to arrive at a location that we all felt very fantastic about.

TVLINE | The episode highlighted a scene that paid out tribute to Tim Taylor’s longtime neighbor, Wilson, and his portrayer, the late Earl Hindman. Did Allen offer you his enter?

He preferred to make sure that his affection for the Wilson character and Earl was in there and that it was genuine. It was interesting, due to the fact the complete episode moved Tim. He was impacted by it. He mentioned to me, “You captured some of the factors that we’re all heading via, which is searching at our operate below, relocating on, and recognizing how very good things have been…” I think he brought a whole lot of own emotion [to the episode], and it was actually quite highly effective.

TVLINE | A whole lot of what Allen claimed to you about the episode will come as a result of in that last exchange concerning Mike and Tim. Does that discussion propel Mike to get started considering about his retirement?

Yes, that’s just what propels him. He’s at that phase and wanting to know: What should he do following? In which will his daily life go subsequent? Is his existence on the observe that he needs it to be on? And the concern when you’ve accomplished nicely in life of attempting a thing new, or getting it in a diverse course and possibly not succeeding. We found it to be rich territory that we’re likely to go on to explore this season.

TVLINE | Shortly more than enough, you will be composing Previous Male‘s collection finale. Now that Tim Taylor exists in the Final Man Universe, does that rule out a remaining scene that mirrors Newhart, the place Tim wakes up next to Patricia Richardson’s Jill Taylor once again just after a prolonged slumber?

[Laughs] We talked about a pair of eventualities, but I really do not know. I just cannot make up my brain regardless of whether I want to go out variety of outrageous or a lot more heartfelt, but we’ll determine it out.

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