Tim Allen Sets Course for ABC Reunion with Comedy Pilot ‘Shifting Gears’

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Tim Allen’s Potential ABC Comeback with “Shifting Gears”

Tim Allen is gearing up for a potential return to ABC with his latest sitcom, "Shifting Gears." The network has given the green light for a pilot of the show, produced by 20th Television.

Not only will Allen star in the multi-camera sitcom, but he'll also serve as an executive producer. The series, currently operating under a working title, is set to be written and executive produced by Mike Scully and Julie Thacker Scully.

Source: Twitter/The Hollywood Reporter 

Plot Synopsis: “Shifting Gears”

In "Shifting Gears," Allen takes on the role of Matt, a determined widower who runs a classic car restoration shop. The plot thickens when his estranged daughter and her teenagers move in with him, sparking a journey of familial reconnection and restoration.

Allen’s ABC Legacy and Recent Projects

"Shifting Gears" marks Allen's potential return to ABC and Disney, following his successful stint on "Home Improvement" from 1991 to 1997. Subsequently, he starred in ABC's "Last Man Standing," which aired from 2011 to 2017 on ABC before moving to Fox until 2021.

Allen's recent involvement includes starring in and executive-producing the Disney+ series "The Santa Clauses," where he reprised his iconic role as Scott Calvin/Santa. Additionally, Allen has voiced Buzz Lightyear in Disney's beloved "Toy Story" franchise for several decades.

The Scullys’ Contribution

  • Mike Scully, renowned for his role on "The Simpsons" as an executive producer and showrunner, joins forces with his wife, Julie Thacker Scully, to bring "Shifting Gears" to life.
  • The Scullys' recent work includes the animated series "Duncanville," showcasing their versatility and expertise in the realm of comedy and storytelling.

Representation and Collaboration

Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, Richard Baker, and Rick Messina are executive producers for "Shifting Gears," lending their experience to the project. Notably, Allen is represented by Messina Baker Entertainment, WME, and Ziffren Brittenham, while the Scullys are represented by Verve, underscoring the collaborative effort behind the show's development.


As "Shifting Gears" gears up for production, the collaboration between Tim Allen, Mike Scully, Julie Thacker Scully, and the production team promises to deliver an engaging and entertaining sitcom that captures the essence of family dynamics and restoration.

Fans eagerly anticipate Allen's potential return to the ABC network, where his comedic talent and on-screen charisma have left a lasting legacy.

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