On Friday December 4, Fox released a 30-second preview of the beloved show’s final season. To make the absolute most of it, Tim Allen isn’t only playing Mike Baxter in the show—he’s bringing back his Home Improvement role, too. “The Baxters see double 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,” the logline teases.
And, if you watch closely, you’ll even notice Tim stroking his pandemic beard, quipping that he could play Santa Clause, nodding toward another of his past iconic roles.
Naturally, as soon as news of this hit the web, fans of both shows (and Tim Allen in general) started freaking out.
“Mike, Santa, Tim Taylor all in one episode? Man all we’re missing is Buzz and we’re good!” one YouTube user wrote.
“I thrive off references and Easter eggs. This is soo cool,” another chimed in.
“Home improvement was my childhood!!! And Last Man Standing is my adulthood!!! I think my life is coming full circle!” someone else wrote.
While the show premieres on Sunday, January 3, at 8:30 p.m. on Fox, the must-watch crossover is set for Thursday, January 7, at 9:30 p.m. From then on, all new episodes will air on the Thursday schedule.
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