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September 17, 1991 | DANIEL CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two years ago, Roseanne Barr, a mildly popular nightclub act, soared to overnight stardom after the premiere season of ABC's "Roseanne." At the same time, series creator Matt Williams was essentially pushed out because Barr insisted on taking control of the series. Tim Allen, another mildly popular nightclub act, will be introduced to America tonight at 8:30 in ABC's "Home Improvement," also co-created by Williams.
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August 24, 2001 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state court of appeal this week unsealed some records in a 4-year-old case brought by a West Hollywood talent agency that alleges Walt Disney Co. cheated it out of more than $2 million in commissions from the popular ABC sitcom "Home Improvement." The case has been sealed since 1998, when Disney attorneys successfully argued that details of negotiations with its ABC Television division were "highly confidential and proprietary information."
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May 9, 1999 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, Paul Brownfield is a Times staff writer who covers the television industry
"We're really a family here" is one of those quaint cliches that sitcom stars like to haul out when their long-running series are about to shut down and the public is expecting some end-of-an-era pathos. Interviewed in his office on the Disney lot five days before he would tape the last episode of "Home Improvement," his longtime ABC sitcom, Tim Allen hit his mark--the gang at "Home" was indeed like a family, he said. But then Allen kept going.
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May 9, 1999 | BRIAN LOWRY, Brian Lowry is a Times staff writer who covers the television industry
Around this time last year, the frenzy over the end of "Seinfeld" had swelled to a fever pitch. People speculated wildly about how the show would end, and a daily flood of stories seemed to wonder if society--forget about network television--could survive its absence.
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April 6, 1994 | DANIEL CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
America has a new favorite family. In the 1980s it was the cuddlesome Cosbys. For the past two years it has been the caustic Conners. Now the Taylors are the toast of television.
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September 11, 1995 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Generally, when a big studio sells a popular sitcom into syndication, it sits back and counts the multimillion-dollar fees it collects from hundreds of local stations desperate to air reruns of "The Cosby Show," "Roseanne" or "The Simpsons" in the 7-8 p.m. hour. But with "Home Improvement" and "Seinfeld," the two most popular network shows of the past two years, sitting back and counting the cash is not enough.
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December 1, 1992 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
ABC on Monday announced a major, multiyear deal with Wind Dancer Productions, the company behind "Home Improvement," which will allow the hit comedy series to continue for at least three more years and enable its producers to create two more comedies for the network. Under terms of the agreement, "Home Improvement," starring Tim Allen as the host of a tool-oriented cable show, will continue past its current second season through the 1995-1996 season, said Robert A.
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December 19, 1994 | RICK DU BROW, TIMES TELEVISION WRITER
The TV season is nearly at the halfway mark, and viewers have registered their likes and dislikes--loud and clear. In the ratings, where the so-called official season runs from September to April, ABC's two-hour Tuesday night block of "Home Improvement," "Grace Under Fire" and "NYPD Blue" has firmly established itself as network TV's favorite viewing period. "Home Improvement," which NBC challenged with "Frasier" in the key matchup of the fall, is still the nation's No.
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February 1, 1999 | BRIAN LOWRY
It's official: Fox's "Melrose Place" and ABC's "Home Improvement," both long-running prime-time hits, will each conclude their runs in May, the two networks confirmed Friday. In the case of "Melrose," Fox opted not to continue the racy prime-time serial, which has seen its audience dwindle to fewer than 9 million viewers per week. The move was not a surprise, since Fox nearly canceled the 7-year-old series a year ago. "Home Improvement," which premiered in 1991, ends on a different note.
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March 27, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles freed Walt Disney Co. to renew "Home Improvement" on ABC for two more seasons, denying a request for an injunction to stop the deal by the producers of the top-rated comedy. Wind Dancer Production Group, the Burbank company controlled by producer Matt Williams, the creator of the show, sued Disney in late February, claiming that Walt Disney Television extended a "sweetheart deal" to ABC because the two units are owned by the same studio.
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May 9, 1999 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, Paul Brownfield is a Times staff writer who covers the television industry
"We're really a family here" is one of those quaint cliches that sitcom stars like to haul out when their long-running series are about to shut down and the public is expecting some end-of-an-era pathos. Interviewed in his office on the Disney lot five days before he would tape the last episode of "Home Improvement," his longtime ABC sitcom, Tim Allen hit his mark--the gang at "Home" was indeed like a family, he said. But then Allen kept going.
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February 1, 1999 | BRIAN LOWRY
It's official: Fox's "Melrose Place" and ABC's "Home Improvement," both long-running prime-time hits, will each conclude their runs in May, the two networks confirmed Friday. In the case of "Melrose," Fox opted not to continue the racy prime-time serial, which has seen its audience dwindle to fewer than 9 million viewers per week. The move was not a surprise, since Fox nearly canceled the 7-year-old series a year ago. "Home Improvement," which premiered in 1991, ends on a different note.
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February 3, 1998 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As if ABC didn't have enough problems, the producers of its most popular entertainment series, "Home Improvement," are furious over the network's decision to temporarily bench their other prime-time show, the Dan Aykroyd comedy "Soul Man."
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August 15, 1997 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Home Improvement" star Tim Allen wants to join Jerry Seinfeld in television's highly exclusive $1-million-per-episode club, according to industry sources. Allen returned to work last week to begin production on his ABC comedy's seventh season while representatives seek to renegotiate his contract with production company Walt Disney Television.
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March 27, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles freed Walt Disney Co. to renew "Home Improvement" on ABC for two more seasons, denying a request for an injunction to stop the deal by the producers of the top-rated comedy. Wind Dancer Production Group, the Burbank company controlled by producer Matt Williams, the creator of the show, sued Disney in late February, claiming that Walt Disney Television extended a "sweetheart deal" to ABC because the two units are owned by the same studio.
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February 25, 1997 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an action with broad implications for self-dealing by Hollywood studios, the producers of "Home Improvement" are suing Walt Disney Co. over negotiations to renew the ABC series. Wind Dancer Production Group--the Burbank firm headed by producer Matt Williams, which created and produces the popular Tim Allen comedy--contends in a suit filed Monday that production partner Walt Disney Television isn't representing its interests because ABC and Disney are part of the same parent company.
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June 22, 1993 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's the Tool Time girl meets T-Rex. Disney began selling reruns of the hit ABC sitcom "Home Improvement" to local stations two weeks ago, and already the show has become the "Jurassic Park" of syndication. Although sold to only 10 TV stations so far, "Home Improvement" is shaping up as one of the biggest successes in syndication. Based on initial sales, Disney executives expect that "Home Improvement" could gross well over $2.5 million per episode.
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August 15, 1997 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Home Improvement" star Tim Allen wants to join Jerry Seinfeld in television's highly exclusive $1-million-per-episode club, according to industry sources. Allen returned to work last week to begin production on his ABC comedy's seventh season while representatives seek to renegotiate his contract with production company Walt Disney Television.
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December 17, 1996 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Underscoring the complications created by Hollywood mergers, ABC is in negotiations with its parent, Walt Disney Co., to renew its hit comedy series "Home Improvement" for two more seasons. The process--said to have raised the hackles of the show's producers and star--highlights the difficult issue for program creators when a studio partner shares corporate heritage with the network on which the program airs. The negotiations are the first major test of its kind since Disney acquired ABC.
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September 11, 1995 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Generally, when a big studio sells a popular sitcom into syndication, it sits back and counts the multimillion-dollar fees it collects from hundreds of local stations desperate to air reruns of "The Cosby Show," "Roseanne" or "The Simpsons" in the 7-8 p.m. hour. But with "Home Improvement" and "Seinfeld," the two most popular network shows of the past two years, sitting back and counting the cash is not enough.
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