The year 2016 will mark the 25th anniversary of the first time that Tim The Tool Man” Taylor and his wife Jill invited America into their home — and for the next 8 years and 200-plus episodes, there was a love affair of hilarious misunderstandings, exploding inventions, and exceedingly-creative ways to hide the face of their neighbor Wilson. Director/choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler deserves his 2017 Tony nomination for the choreography. In my very own high-school yearbook, Home Improvement was forever immortalized as the favorite TV show of graduating seniors, three years in a row. Over time, sitcoms tend to degrade until nothing is left but their catchphrases, and—Tim’s battle cry of More power!” aside—that grunting sound is pretty much all anyone remembers about Home Improvement.
Instead, Home Improvement ended up being a sitcom for dads like mine, and dads only get nostalgic for things that happened when they were horny teens. In a way, that something could be so popular yet disposable makes Home Improvement the very quintessence of mediocrity—a grunt by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, now dissipating lonely in the wind.
Previously considered actors, like Ernest Borgnine, Frank de Kova, John Marley (eventually cast as movie producer, Woltz in the picture) and Richard Conte (hired to portray the beady-eyed and lethal, Don Barzini), paled to Brando’s raw magnetism and marquee-drawing power.
Wilson was the friendly next door neighbor of the Taylors, typically offering advice to Tim although he spent a lot of time in his yard so he frequently helped out other members of the family at times as well. A lso call the Maryland Home Improvement Commission ( MHIC ) in Baltimore (410.230.6309) to verify that a agency is licensed and learn the way lengthy it has been licensed.
With so many of the principle cast from the first two Godfather’s already wearing toe tags, Part III also suffers from an infusion of too many underdeveloped ‘new’ characters at odds or disconnected from these returning veterans in the franchise. I bought the dvd of GALAXY OF TERROR and the extras include commentary and interviews with the cast and crew which included Robert Englund as it was one of his first roles back in 1981.