Patricia Richardson also spoke about reuniting with her on-screen sons, which are now in their 20s and 30s. The first battle won, almost immediately Coppola’s preliminary search for the perfect cast fell under the scrutiny of Robert Evans and Gulf + Western’s exec’, Charles Bluhdorn, who could only see how the director’s ‘indecisiveness’ was costing the already cash-strapped studio more than $40,000 a day above beyond the allotted budget.
It is directed by Victoria Bussert, the program’s director, who is celebrating her thirtieth year as GLT’s director of musicals, and a cast made up of BWU grads—Mack Shirilla (Francis), Andrew Kotzen (Sparky), Mickey Patrick Ryan (Jinx) and James Penca (Smudge).
The show has even provided a de facto reunion in the form of an episode where Richardson guested as Allen’s neighbor And that followed various on-and-off-screen encounters between Allen and his estranged TV son Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who’s appeared in several Last Man Standing episodes and even directed a few.
May have made that a moot point.) Even in the rock-bottom terms of what should be a meme, Home Improvement has had relatively minor traction: The most popular of these is far and away the Grunt Replacement,” where every sound in a video game is replaced with Allen’s primal expression of manly confusion.
And while some latent JTT love might have carried the show into the new millennium, after Thomas made a conscious decision to retreat from public view, Home Improvement lost its claim on that most fruitful source of nostalgia—teenage horniness—which can excuse even the corniest of material.