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Tim Allen reprised his job as Home Improvement‘s Tim “The Instrument Man” Taylor through Thursday’s Final Person Standing. In the episode, Vanessa employed the former Tool Time host (who was sporting a classic Binford Applications t-shirt) to cope with a sequence of property repairs. The half-hour concluded with a pretty meta discussion concerning Allen’s alter egos, which also alluded to the Fox sitcom’s speedy-approaching series finale.

Below, showrunner Kevin Abbott discusses the unlikely crossover celebration (which paid homage to a late Dwelling Enhancement solid member) and reveals how Mike and Tim’s dialogue will get the Outdoor Person manager wondering about his 3rd act.

TVLINE | Let us begin at the commencing. When did the concept first arrive about to have Allen reprise his Dwelling Enhancement purpose?

We experienced currently broken the very first 7 episodes when Fox, as they always do, requested, “Hey, is there some massive celebration, or anything grabby you can have as your premiere?” And I just loathe these [episodes]. I tend to assume of our exhibit as a little clearly show, you know? We convey to compact stories — so, by definition, something significant and stunty genuinely doesn’t transpire on our show. It was [our writer] Jon Haller who said, “We’ve had a large amount of the Property Advancement people today on, and the only big character we haven’t experienced is Tim Taylor,” and I went, “That’s amazing. You are heading to start off finding paid, sir.” [Laughs]

TVLINE | After the concept was pitched, was it as uncomplicated as composing the episode? Or did you have to get permission to use the Tim Taylor character?

There have been some authorized challenges to bounce as a result of, feel it or not. I considered, perfectly, this will be straightforward since I know Tim [will be into it], but we had to leap through some hoops. But [Home Improvement creators] Matt Williams, David McFadzean and Carmen Finestra had been rather variety and pretty generous, and they authorized us to use the character and some of the bits, and we experienced a great time.

TVLINE | How protective was Allen of the House Enhancement legacy?

I would say incredibly protecting. I created him the assure going in that we would regard it. I really loved Residence Improvement, so I did not want to do everything that would in any way disparage that character and that franchise, I didn’t want to mock it in any way, condition or form. I preferred to be careful. It’s possible they do some thing with [the ABC sitcom] in the long term, a reboot or one thing, I do not know, so I didn’t want to entice them in anything either. And Tim and I experienced several extended discussions about exactly where Tim Taylor would have wound up at this place in time. We improved the storyline a pair occasions in get to try to get there at a position that we all felt extremely excellent about.

TVLINE | The episode featured a scene that paid out tribute to Tim Taylor’s longtime neighbor, Wilson, and his portrayer, the late Earl Hindman. Did Allen offer you his input?

He desired to make certain that his passion for the Wilson character and Earl was in there and that it was genuine. It was interesting, due to the fact the total episode moved Tim. He was influenced by it. He explained to me, “You captured some of the items that we’re all likely as a result of, which is on the lookout at our run listed here, transferring on, and recognizing how very good issues have been…” I consider he introduced a good deal of personalized emotion [to the episode], and it was actually rather effective.

TVLINE | A whole lot of what Allen mentioned to you about the episode comes through in that past exchange involving Mike and Tim. Does that dialogue propel Mike to start wondering about his retirement?

Of course, that is precisely what propels him. He’s at that phase and thinking: What ought to he do up coming? Wherever will his existence go upcoming? Is his lifestyle on the observe that he needs it to be on? And the anxiety when you have accomplished nicely in lifestyle of seeking something new, or using it in a unique way and it’s possible not succeeding. We observed it to be rich territory that we’re heading to carry on to check out this season.

TVLINE | Soon adequate, you’ll be creating Final Male‘s series finale. Now that Tim Taylor exists in the Previous Gentleman Universe, does that rule out a remaining scene that mirrors Newhart, where Tim wakes up next to Patricia Richardson’s Jill Taylor again soon after a lengthy slumber?

[Laughs] We talked about a few of situations, but I do not know. I just can’t make up my mind no matter if I want to go out variety of mad or far more heartfelt, but we’ll figure it out.

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