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Tim Allen Set to Return to TV With New Show ‘Shifting Gears’

Tim Allen Set to Return to TV With New Show ‘Shifting Gears’

Tim Allen is revving up his engines to make a triumphant return to ABC with a fresh pilot order for a new show, Shifting Gears. The actor will star and executive produce the pilot, Variety reports.

The script will be written by Mike and Julie Scully, creators of Duncanville, who are also executive producers. Produced by 20th Television, additional executive producers for this multicam show are Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, Richard Baker, and Rick Messina from Last Man Standing.

The official logline for Tim Allen‘s new show 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.”

Tim Allen’s New Show Continues a Long-Standing Association With ABC and Disney

Shifting Gears refreshes Allen’s enduring connection with ABC and Disney, spanning from the popular series Home Improvement (1991-1997) to his subsequent role in ABC’s Last Man Standing, airing on ABC from 2011 to 2017 before jumping to Fox until 2021.

Of course, Tim Allen recently starred in and executive-produced the Disney+ series The Santa Clauses, reprising his role as Scott Calvin/Santa. The second season, which debuted in November 2023, shows Allen’s character guiding his son to take over as Santa Claus in the “family business.” He has also voiced Buzz Lightyear in Disney’s “Toy Story” franchise for decades.

The Scullys’ recent projects include the animated series Duncanville. Mike Scully is widely recognized for his significant role on The Simpsons, where he served as an executive producer and showrunner for four seasons.

Additionally, he contributed as a producer to The Simpsons Movie in 2007. His career features writing and producing credits on popular series such as Everybody Loves Raymond and Parks and Recreation.

Julie Thacker Scully, a writer and co-executive producer on The Simpsons, has also worked on shows like Fuller House and the animated series adaptation of Napoleon Dynamite, which she co-developed. She co-created shows such as Complete Savages for ABC, starring Keith Carradine and Erik Von Dettern, and The Pitts for Fox, providing an early starring role for Lizzy Caplan.

Want to bone up on Tim Allen’s past TV show glory before his new one drops? 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.