POWER TOOLS, PARENTING AND THE NEW 'MALE MISTIQUE' ARE THE COMIC BUILDING BLOCKS FOR "HOME IMPROVEMENT," PREMIERING ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 8:30 PM (ET/PT) ON ABC-TV
Stand-up comic Tim Allen, fresh from his smash Showtime comedy special, "Men Are Pigs," brings his unique philosophy on masculinity and the virtues of power tools to the half-hour family comedy series "Home Improvement," premiering Tuesday, September 17, 8:30 PM (ET/PT) on ABC-TV.
Written and executive-produced by Matt Williams (creator of "Roseanne" and "Carol & Company"), David McFadzean ("Roseanne," "Carol & Company"), and Carmen Finestra ("The Cosby Show"), "Home Improvement" is a heartfelt and funny examination of the questions today's men have about life: What does it mean to be "a man"? How do you become a good husband and father? And why does your wife make you wash the dishes before they go in the dishwasher?
Co-starring with Tim Allen in "Home Improvement" are Patricia Richardson ("FM") as his quick-witted wife, Jill; Earl Hindman ("The Equalizer") as his eccentric, mentor-like neighbor, Wilson; and Zachery Ty Bryan ("Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501"), Jonathan Taylor Thomas ("The Bradys") and newcomer Taran Smith, as Tim's three sons.
Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) is the host of "Tool Time," a cable home improvement show on which Taylor reigns over a macho celebration of power tools and obscure hardware, dispensing household repair tips and advice on "recapturing the male spirit" in equal measure. But for all his swagger and manly confidence on the show, Tim doesn't always set the best example at home. He wants to be a good husband and a good father, but his insatiable urge to rewire everything and give it 'more power' often puts him at odds with his wife, Jill (Patricia Richardson). And though he tries his best to teach his three young sons (Zachery Ty Bryan, Taran Smith and Jonathan Taylor Thomas) how to be men, he often has more questions about what that means than they do.
That's when he turns to Wilson (Earl Hindman), his eccentric next-door neigbor, for advice. Wilson, who is only seen at eye-level over the backyard fence, gives Tim sage advice on everything from male-female communication to primitive initiation rites. He helps Tim sort out his feelings and discover that, deep inside, he really is a good man.
"Home Improvement" is produced by Wind Dancer Productinos, Inc. in association with Touchstone Television.
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