Home Improvement star Tim Allen recently teased that a reboot could be in the works. This leaves fans wondering where the story will pick up. In a recent interview with The Messenger, Allen revealed his contemplation of reviving the Taylor family and the Tool Time crew for a spinoff of the beloved 90s sitcom.
The Santa Claus actor revealed that he stays in touch with most of the cast. Of course, that includes his trusty Tool Time sidekick, Al Borland (played by actor Richard Karn).
“I see Richard Karn a lot,” Allen said. “And I talk to the boys [Zachery Ty Bryan, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, and Taran Noah Smith, who played Allen’s kids on the show]… and I’m there as one of their friends. We keep talking about [a spinoff].”
After its 1991 premiere, the original series ran for eight impressive seasons. In each episode, accident-prone Tim Taylor played a daytime handyman show host. He balances that with his role as a devoted family man at night. Tim Allen’s tease has Home Improvement fans buzzing about the prospect of a reboot. Here are some of our ideas for what makes a solid… retooling of the classic TV show.
Tim Taylor and ‘Home Improvement’ Enter the Social Media Age
This version of the reboot finds Tim Taylor struggling to keep his show on top when his sons start a rival DIY YouTube channel that blows up. To make matters worse, his grandkids (one offspring each from Zachery Ty Bryan, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, and Taran Noah Smith) make Tim the constant subject of prank videos for TikTok. It’s up to Tim and Al to come up with some high-octane, old-school counterattacks to stay kings of DIY.
‘Home Improvement’ Meets Mayberry
Tim Allen himself is 70, so it would only make sense that his Home Improvement character might want to take it easier. In this reboot, Tim Taylor is semi-retired, running a mom-and-pop hardware store in middle America. Tim has settled into a more laid-back Andy Griffith Show sort of figure. However, he still gets into wild DIY hijinks around town.
‘Tool Time’ Gets Rebooted
Old clips of the original Tool Time go viral on TikTok, leading networks to court Tim out of retirement. This leads to Tim and his sidekick Al coming back for a reboot of Tool Time. However, young network execs want to drastically change the format. They team the aging pair with a youthful woman cohost who happens to know more about home improvement than they could ever forget. Of course, the old dogs would have to learn a few new tricks to keep up.
Tim Allen’s Proposed ‘Home Improvement’ Spinoff
In the interview with The Messenger, Tim Allen himself weighed in on what he might like to see in a Home Improvement reboot. “How weird it would be if Home Improvement would be about the kids’ kids,” Allen explained. “Like if all of them had children, and I’m a grandparent. Home Re-Improvement or something like that. It’s come up.”
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