Macho man meets his match
While follows Allen’s character Mike Baxter as he struggles to maintain his manhood living with his wife, three young daughters and grandson, it has a distinct Home Improvement feel to it.
A feature Travis believes is actually a good thing.
‘‘ In the new climate it’s so hard to get something on air and make it stick and build an audience that is loyal and want to return week after week, and I knew that he had that already so the chances of success for us were pretty good,’’ she says.
‘‘ I know Tim didn’t want to stray far from the formula that worked for him. ‘‘ He’s stepped into a role he’s familiar with and one he knows he can execute very well, and also that his fans are familiar with.
‘‘ I think in his return to television if he was doing some kind of detective show maybe we wouldn’t have had the success we’ve had.’’
As the series progresses, Travis ensures the show takes on more of its own identity and says helping do that are the three daughters in the series played by Alexandra Krosney, Molly Ephraim and Kaitlyn Dever.
‘‘ It’s not just a nuclear family of two parents, two kids and a dog. It has loose ends which I thought would make for some interesting stories,’’ she says.
‘‘ It’s exciting and it’s great to have these three girls and it’s been a challenge developing who they are and their relationships to each other and their relationships to me and Tim.’’
While the interactions Travis has with the girls on screen can be turbulent at NANCY Travis is no stranger to playing the sitcom wife.
For three years she starred as the loving and devoted better half in US comedy The Bill Engvall Show and previously took on the role as the longsuffering girlfriend to Ted Danson’s character on Becker.
But there was something about being the Mrs of Tim Allen in new American series Last Man Standing that Travis couldn’t turn down.
‘‘ I think he’s so good. He really knows [ what is] funny,’’ the 50- year- old says.
‘‘ And what I’ve come to know about him, working with him, is just truly how smart he is about what he does and how generous he is in terms of sharing the stage.’’
The role marks Allen’s return to the small screen after more than a decade following his role as the loveable, accident- prone Tim ‘‘ the tool man’’ Taylor in 1990s sitcom Home Improvement.
Last Man Standing times, off screen things have blossomed into a great friendship.
‘‘ I don’t have sisters so I feel like when I’m with the girls we’re sort of girlfriends, sisters and we’re talking about their different ages and different stages,’’ she says.
‘‘ They’re experiencing life, it’s fun to just share stories and information.
‘‘ It’s a lot of fun, we share a lot of laughs. I like them very much.’’
In fact Travis, who has two sons of her own – Benjamin, 13, and Jeremy, 10 – even admits to trying to make one of the girls part of her ‘‘ real life’’ family.
‘‘ The girl who plays my youngest daughter, Kaitlyn, I have her picked out for my son [ Ben] and I tell her that all the time,’’ she laughs.
‘‘ We had Nick Jonas from the Jonas Brothers in an episode and I know she was mooning all over him but I said, ‘ Uh, uh, uh, you’re for my son’.’’
FUNNY FORMULA: Tim Allen ( above) and Nancy Travis ( right) star in a new sitcom.