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How ‘Last Man Standing’ Got Permission to Use Tim Taylor Character for ‘Home Improvement’ Crossover

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

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Mike Baxter Meets Tim ‘The Tool Man’ Taylor in Home Improvement Crossover

Last Man Standing is staging 2021’s most unlikely crossover, as Mike Baxter comes face to face with Tim Allen‘s former alter ego, Home Improvement‘s Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor.

Fox on Friday released the trailer for Last Man‘s ninth and final season, which features the aforementioned meeting of the half-minds. The Tool Time host appears in Mike’s kitchen wearing a vintage Binford Tools t-shirt and serves up one of his signature grunts. The crossover takes place in the Jan. 7 episode, titled “Dual Time,” when Vanessa hires a home improvement repairman who bears an uncanny resemblance to her husband.

The new footage also makes clear that Last Man is incorporating the coronavirus pandemic into its final episodes. Mike, Vanessa, Mandy and Kyle all appear on a Zoom call with socially distanced friends and relatives (including Kaitlyn Dever’s Eve), and Mike shows off his pandemic beard during one

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