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Aug092011

Tim Allen Sticks with Familiar Premise for New ABC Show 

George Doyle/Stockbyte(NEW YORK) -- Tim Allen is back on ABC this fall with a new comedy.

The former Home Improvement star leads the cast of Last Man Standing, playing a marketing director at an outdoor sporting goods store who's married with three daughters.

If you think that premise sounds very similar to that of Home Improvement, in which his character was a host of a TV home improvement show and a married father of three boys, it's not a coincidence.

Allen says there's no reason to change a formula that's been successful for him, telling reporters Monday at the Television Critics Association tour in Beverly Hills, "I thought it would be kind of fun literally to flip-flop the two shows. It isn't rocket science what I'm doing. Instead of tools, it's sporting goods and guns and ATVs and boats. And come home to have four women."

After Home Improvement ended its run in 1999, Allen says, he received many offers to star in other shows, but they were too different from his successful sitcom. He says that he even auditioned for a role in one show but rejected it, and the producers cast a woman for the part instead.  Allen wouldn't name the show, but says it's on the air now.

Allen's Last Man Standing debuts on ABC October 11.

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