“Last Man Standing,” 8 p.m. KFSN (Channel 30.1): The networks have shown so little originality this new TV season, it only makes sense that Tim Allen’s return to network TV would be in a copy of his successful “Home Improvement” program.
Going with something so familiar is little more than a desperate hope the comedy will lure some of the fans who liked Allen as Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor.
There are a few differences.
Instead of three sons, there are three daughters. And Allen’s character works at a sporting goods store instead of on a TV show. When it comes to variations on a theme, that’s like wondering if you should wear the white shirt with black stripes or the black shirt with white stripes.
Allen does have a different co-star as Nancy Travis takes over as the wise-cracking wife. Travis again shows that she has a magical ability to suck the life out of any program. How she keeps getting jobs is one of the great Hollywood mysteries.
“Last Man Standing” isn’t bad. It’s just a safe show because it doesn’t try too hard.