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Tim Allen is ‘Geeked’ About His New Sitcom ‘Shifting Gears’

Tim Allen is ‘Geeked’ About His New Sitcom ‘Shifting Gears’

Tim Allen is geeking out over his successful comeback to ABC, securing a fresh pilot order for his new show, Shifting Gears.

“I am very excited,” Allen recently told Entertainment Tonight. “You know, I tried really hard with Home Improvement, and then Last Man Standing…”

However, this time out, the Galaxy Quest star plans to finally make his mark in pop culture. “Maybe three’s a charm! Maybe I can finally make a statement with this,” Allen quipped.

Joking aside, Tim Allen is pumped to get to work on his new show. “ABC said, ‘If you come up with an idea,’ and I said, ‘If I did it, it would be this.’ And we came up with this idea, and we’re getting there.” Allen is pleased that ABC agreed to do his new show on his terms. “I’m very geeked to be given this opportunity,” he gushed.

The Premise of Tim Allen’s New Show Will Sound Familiar to Long-Time Fans

Of course, the official logline for Tim Allen‘s new sitcom might sound familiar to his fans… “Matt [Allen] is the stubborn, widowed owner of a classic car restoration shop. When Matt’s estranged daughter and her teenage kids move into his house, the real restoration begins.”

The script for the show will be penned by Mike and Julie Scully, the creators of Duncanville, who also serve as executive producers. Mike Scully is known for his key role on The Simpsons as an executive producer and showrunner for four seasons.

Produced by 20th Television, other executive producers for this multicam series include Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, Richard Baker, and Rick Messina from Last Man Standing.

Shifting Gears renews Allen’s lasting ties with ABC and Disney, from Home Improvement (1991-1997) to his role in ABC’s Last Man Standing (2011-2017), then on Fox until 2021.

Tim Allen also recently starred in and executive-produced the Disney+ series The Santa Clauses, reprising his role as Scott Calvin/Santa. The second season premiered in November 2023, depicting Allen guiding his son to succeed him as Santa Claus in the family business. Of course, he has also voiced Buzz Lightyear in Disney’s Toy Story franchise for years.

Interested in revisiting Tim Allen’s television show successes before his upcoming new one premieres? Seasons 1-8 of Home Improvement are available for streaming on Hulu and The Roku Channel. You can also catch seasons 1-9 of Last Man Standing on Hulu.