May 9, 1999 |
"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.
February 1, 1999 |
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.
February 3, 1998 |
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."
August 15, 1997 |
"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.
March 27, 1997 |
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.
February 25, 1997 |
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.