LAST MAN STANDING
Starring: Tim Allen, Nancy Travis, Alexandra Krosney, Molly Ephraim, Kaitlyn Dever, and Hector Elizondo
Created by Jack Burditt
Written by Jack Burditt, Directed by John Pasquin
Tim Allen is back on ABC after a 12 year absence. His new sitcom Last Man Standing is sort of Home Improvement in reverse because his character, Mike Baxter and wife Vanessa (Nancy Travis) are raising three daughters instead of three sons. There's oldest and single mom Kristin (Alexandra Krosney), dramatic teenager Mandy (Molly Ephraim), and tomboy and athlete Eve (Kaitlyn Dever). Also in the cast is Mike's boss Ed (Hector Elizondo), who forces him to work at home on the sporting good store's website rather than traveling for catalog shoots.
BOTTOM LINE: This show has a comfortable and familiar feel that could be just what audiences want despite what critics say. Since traditional sitcoms usually take a few episodes to gel, I think this show is off to a good start as the comic timing is there. They also need to be careful about reusing the same jokes over and over or the big audience that saw the first two episodes may not come back. Not every new show needs to be groundbreaking to be good, and this is a good example of that.