Tim Allen pays tribute to Home Improvement character Wilson in Last Man Standing sneak peek

Tim Allen will honor a beloved character from his ’90s sitcom Home Improvement during the special Last Man Standing crossover episode airing Thursday night on Fox.

In the episode, titled “Dual Time,” Mike Baxter (Allen) has a tete-a-tete with Tim Taylor (also played by Allen), a home repairman who could be his twin. The Tool Man brings up Wilson, his former neighbor who only showed half his face peeking above the wooden fence that divided their properties during their many backyard conversations.

Wilson was portrayed by Earl Hindman across 202 Home Improvement episodes that aired between 1991 and 1999. The actor died of lung cancer in 2003, at 61.

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In the exclusive clip above, Mike asks Tim, “Who was Wilson?”

“One of my neighbors, actually,” Tim replies. “For many, many years, I shared a lot of stuff with him. He passed away.” He later adds, “I miss Wilson. I miss a lot of stuff.”

Allen tells EW of the tribute, “Earl meant the world to me and everyone at Home Improvement. It was an organic moment to settle on, both on the set and in our hearts.”

Fox announced in October that

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‘Last Man Standing’ Fans Are Demanding a ‘Home Improvement’ Reboot Following a ‘Tool Man Taylor’ Cameo

Tim Allen is a man of many talents, but one of his best-known characters remains Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor from the popular 90s sitcom Home Improvement. The actor and comedian has worked on many projects since the series finale, yet many of his followers are still obsessed with that one role.

Currently, Allen leads an ensemble cast on the Fox series Last Man Standing. A recent episode included a cameo from none other than The Tool Man, much to the delight of his past and present fans. The appearance has viewers wishing for a Home Improvement reboot — and hoping that was a teaser for the future project.

‘Home Improvement’ made Tim Allen a household name

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Allen spent a long time performing stand up comedy before striking gold by landing the lead in Home Improvement. The series debuted in 1991 and quickly became one of the highest-rated sitcoms of the decade. It was all thanks to the relatable humor which audiences could truly connect with.

The show followed the Taylor family, including Allen as the father, his wife Jill, and

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Last Man Standing Reveals How They Got Permission to Use Tim Allen’s Home Improvement Character

In an upcoming episode of Last Man Standing it will seem like Crisis on Infinite Sitcoms as Tim Allen meets Tim Allen. In the episode, Allen’s Last Man Standing character Mike Baxter will come face to face with Allen’s Home Improvement character Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor. It’s not the first time that the series has crossed paths with Allen’s ’90s sitcom, previously casting his Home Improvement co-stars Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Patricia Richardson, and Richard Karn in roles for the series. Though Last Man Standing and Home Improvement are all under the larger umbrella of The Walt Disney Company, it still took a lot of different entities to sign off on the idea for it to become a reality.

“The first hurdle you have to jump is to get Tim to sign off on it,”showrunner Kevin Abbott revealed to TheWrap, saying the idea came to them after Fox asked they conceive of a “big promotable event.” “I want to make sure that he wanted to play it — which he did, he fully embraced the idea, with the proviso that we would honor that character, not make fun of him or anything, which we would never do.” I really

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How ‘Last Man Standing’ Got Permission to Use Tim Taylor Character

Fox’s “Last Man Standing” is going big in its final season, with an episode featuring Tim Allen in his leading role of Mike Baxter and reprising Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, the iconic character he played on ABC’s “Home Improvement” for eight seasons from 1991-1999.

The bit will come in the second episode of “Last Man Standing’s” upcoming ninth season, when Vanessa hires a home improvement repairman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Mike, who is struggling with an idea for his Outdoor Man 10th Anniversary vlog. And the idea for this epic half-hour, which airs Jan. 7 on Fox, came about because the broadcast network wanted to kick off the sitcom’s final season with something flashy.

“We had already broken the first seven episodes and our intention was to have the ‘Time Flies’ [flash-forward] be the first episode. And Fox came to us and said, ‘We’d love it if you could come up with some big promotable event.’ And I always hate that, especially on this show, where we tell smaller stories about family interaction,” “Last Man Standing” showrunner Kevin Abbott told TheWrap. “Plus, it’s difficult to come up with some huge promotable event that happens in our little

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‘Last Man Standing’ and ‘Home Improvement’ crossover leaves fans wanting reboot

On Thursday night’s episode of “Last Man Standing,” actor Tim Allen reprised his role of Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor from his former show “Home Improvement.”

In the crossover event, Taylor wants to meet Allen’s current character, Mike Baxter, because he heard they looked so much alike. 

At one point, Mike tells Tim, “You might want to think of rebooting that ‘Tool Time’,” which sent fans into a frenzy on social media. 

“Did this episode of @LastManStanding just tease a reboot of tool time?” asked one fan


“Yes, Yes YES Reboot Tool Time,” begged another.

“Please tell me Tool Time is coming back. Sounded like a hint to me..?” questioned a user

The blast from the past made some fans feel nostalgic about the beloved show that ran from 1991 to 1999 on ABC. 


“Tonight’s episode of #LastManStanding hit me in the feels. It also made me realize how much I truly miss #HomeImprovement. #ToolTime,” said one person. 

“Seeing Mike Baxter and Tim “Tool Time” Taylor together is bringing

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‘Home Improvement’ reboot? ‘Last Man Standing’ crossover stirs tons of speculation

Tim Allen reprised his Home Improvement character, Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, during Thursday night’s Last Man Standing. Fans of both series celebrated the crossover, which also hinted at a potential reboot.

The premise of the episode was that Tim wanted to meet Mike Baxter, Allen’s other character, because he heard they look so much alike. Tim helped Mike with a broken garbage disposal, and of course hilarity ensued.

While much of the episode was fun, there were a few tender moments. The most touching moment was when Tim talked about how much he missed his old neighbor, Wilson Wilson Jr. Wilson was played by Earl Hindman, who died in 2003.

One of the biggest surprises from the episode was the hint of a reboot. In fact, in one scene Mike tells Tim, “You might want to think of rebooting that Tool Time.” The suggestive dialogue led to excited fans speculating on Twitter.

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‘Last Man Standing’ Fans Are Pushing For A ‘Home Improvement’ Reboot

Fans want a Home Improvement reboot

After Tim Allen reprised his role as Tim Taylor on Last Man Standing, many fans flooded social media asking for a Home Improvement reboot. Tim Allen famously played Tim Taylor on Home Improvement in the ’90s. Now that his current show Last Man Standing is coming to an end, fans are hoping this means Home Improvement can return.

Some fans questioned if the crossover episode, where both of Tim’s characters met was a hint at a reboot. One fan commented, “If there is for anything to go right in 2021, please let it be a home improvement reboot!!!!!!! 🙏🏼🙏🏼.” People flooded Last Man Standing‘s social media pages asking for a reboot.

Will there be a ‘Home Improvement’ reboot featuring Tim Taylor and the family?

HOME IMPROVEMENT, clockwise l-r: Zachery Ty Bryan, Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Taran Noah Smith, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, (Season 1, 1991, ph: Bonnie Schiffman/©Touchstone Television/courtesy Everett Collection

Another wrote, “Man that just makes me want to see them revive Home Improvement more than ever lol Tim didn’t miss a beat as Tim Taylor on this episode!”

RELATED: Are We Getting A ‘Home Improvement’ Revival?

As of right now, there are no plans in the

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Tim Allen Reveals He Got Emotional Reprising His ‘Home Improvement’ Role on ‘Last Man Standing’ (Exclusive)

Tim Allen Reveals He Got Emotional Reprising His ‘Home Improvement’ Role on ‘Last Man Standing’ (Exclusive)

Tim Allen‘s return to a past character was not what he expected. ET’s Lauren Zima spoke with Allen and his Last Man Standing co-star, Nancy Travis, ahead of the ninth and final season premiere of their Fox sitcom.

During the chat, Allen opened up about playing both his current role and a past role — Home Improvement‘s Tim Taylor — on an upcoming episode of Last Man Standing, an experience the 67-year-old actor called “weird, creepy… [and] unusual.” 

“It was very peculiar to do both parts, I’ll tell you that. It was challenging for me to do both parts and kind of emotional,” Allen admitted, revealing that his emotions came, in large part, because of Earl Hindman’s 2003 death. Allen and Hindman co-starred on Home Improvement from 1991 to 1999, with the later actor playing Wilson, Allen’s onscreen neighbor.

“I adored the man and we kind of brought that up in the story,” Allen said. “I started thinking about all the history I had with that TV show, how I compare it to my life on this show. It’s all about

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Tim Allen Reveals What His Home Improvement Character Has Been Doing Ahead of Last Man Standing Crossover

Earlier this year came the surprise announcement that fans of Tim Allen’s sitcom Last Man Standing will be in for double the Tim in an upcoming episode as his character Mike Baxter will share the screen with Allen’s Home Improvement character Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor. Allen’s one-man crossover will unfold in Last Man Standing season 9, the final season of the series, during the upcoming January 7th episode of the series titled “Dual Time.” Speaking in a new interview, Allen has opened up about what his Home Improvement character has been up to since the 1999 series finale of that series and what it was like for him to return to that role.

“It seemed weird and put on and phony, but the way it’s handled — it’s self-aware. It’s a moment where we break the fourth wall to him,” Allen revealed to Us Weekly. “The grunting was part of his deal and he kind of cops to that. He’s gotten old and he’s moved on. He no longer does Tool Time. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s really quite clever….He’s in Colorado for some meeting — Binford tools is everywhere — and

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‘Last Man Standing’: Mike Baxter Meets Tim ‘Tool Man’ Taylor

Tim Allen will be pulling double duty on Thursday’s episode of the ninth and final season of “Last Man Standing,” playing both the Fox comedy’s lead character, Mike Baxter, and reprising his iconic role of Tim Taylor from ABC’s “Home Improvement.” And TheWrap has the exclusive sneak peek at the first meeting between Allen’s two alter egos.

In the clip above, you’ll see Mike come face to face with the Tool Man, as the two realize how “bizarre” and “freaky” it is that they look so alike. Well… Mike says they look exactly alike, except Tim’s hair “is a little grayer,” while Tim agrees the resemblance is strong, but Mike needs to dye his hair. Yeah, they aren’t exactly hitting it off right away — but Vanessa gets the biggest kick out of their identical appearances.

When she leaves the boys alone, Tim begins to explain why he, a Detroit native, is over in Colorado — and why he’s picking up a handyman gig at the Baxters’ home. He tells Tim he heard about his lookalike, and when he was out west checking on one of the

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