Tim Allen is hosting an event on the set of his ABC comedy, “Last Man Standing.” It’s being held to talk about the ratings success of the show, the search for laughs on a family comedy and what it is like for Allen to be starring in another sitcom after “Home Improvement.”
No one thought that the outspoken Allen would be asked to talk politics. But as we rush toward a presidential election, it’s the first subject for Allen.
The “Last Man Standing” star jokes that he was with a group of liberal Jewish people and they told him that the world must be upside down when Donald Trump starts to make sense, referring to Trump’s assertion that the country needs money to work on roads and bridges. That statement has merit to Allen, but he’s still cautious about Trump.
“Until I see what’s under that hair, I can’t really support him,” Allen says.
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Talking politics with the man who voices Buzz Lightyear isn’t all that farfetched in context of his current TV program. Allen’s character, Mike Baxter, is very conservative. He must deal with members of his TV family who are very liberal.
Allen suggests rather than tagging Baxter as a conservative, it may be more appropriate to look at him as just being a very “fiscal person.” That’s because Baxter might have conservative viewpoints, but when it comes to his daughters he goes with what they think.
The conservative nature is based on the way Carroll O’Connor played Archie Bunker in “All in the Family.” His views were so conservative that even some conservatives cringed.
“This is an educated guy. It would be horrible personally if Hillary (Clinton) continued, but it will be great for the storyline if she continues. The only thing that stops us really is the network,” Allen says. “I like it when we have, between our writing staff, what’s underneath conservative and liberal. They get deeper. Between the family members that edge toward liberal, I think you’ll get a really neat balance. But as much as ABC lets me get away with. I think the more inflamed this guy gets, the more fun it is.”
Allen continues with “we will drill Hillary as much as we can.” He realizes how that statement sounds and stresses he didn’t mean it in any offensive way.
It’s just the kind of comment you get when a comedian talks politics.
It seems like I have been interviewing Maggie Lawson all her life. The first time I can recall chatting with the actress, who stars in the upcoming new CBS comedy “Angel From Hell,” was in 2002 (when she was 22) for her role in the TV movie “Nancy Drew.”
It was my first chance to interview her, but she had already been working in TV for a half-dozen years.
Since then, I have talked to the Kentucky native for numerous projects, including her ill-fated comedy “Back in the Game” and her clever cable series “Psych.”
It’s enjoyable to talk to her because she’s always so positive. That’s certainly the case when talking about “Angel From Hell.” She plays a woman who gets what is either a guardian angel or stalker played by Jane Lynch. It begins Thursday, Jan. 7.
Lawson and Lynch had worked together on an episode of “Psych” before ending up on the sitcom.
“I loved the script already, but to hear that she was doing it, I was overjoyed,” Lawson says.
The casting brings together two performers who bring lots of energy to whatever they do. Even at the first table reading of the script at CBS, Lawson went into the bathroom to find Lynch singing “The Music and the Mirror” from “Chorus Line.”
The pair ended up singing the tune together in the bathroom. That’s positive energy.
The last episodes of “Mythbusters” will begin airing on Discovery starting Saturday, Jan. 9. The thousands of experiments they have done have been a joy to watch.
Also ending is the Mythbusters Tour that stopped at the Saroyan Theater a few weeks ago. Never again will hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman travel the country sharing their “Mythbusters” stories.
The TV show will be missed. The tour? Not so much.
What should have been two hours of cool experiments in science was about 90 minutes of filler surrounding a few lame stunts. At least 15 minutes was devoted to how Savage learned to juggle. Then there were question-and-answer sessions with each host separately.
It was repeatedly mentioned that the insurance company would not let them do any big explosions. But, there were plenty of potential science experiments that could have been done.
The series always featured episodes worth watching repeatedly. The tour was tough to watch once.
Real quacks: A&E Network’s “Duck Dynasty” kicks off the new year with two of their own off to college, the launch of new business ventures and a showcase of more family antics over nine new episodes. The new season debuts at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13.
This latest season will wrap with a one-hour season finale celebrating the series’ 100th episode Feb. 17.
Guest list: Attending the “People’s Choice awards 2016” at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, will be Abigail Spencer, Adam Devine, Amber Valletta, Betsy Brandt, Britney Spears, Cheyenne Jackson, Chris D’Elia, Christina Milian, Clark Gregg, Colin Hanks, Connor Franta, Dakota Johnson, Ed Westwick, Gina Rodriguez, Jack Black, John Stamos, Josh Holloway, Kate Hudson, Kunal Nayyar, Lea Michele, Maddie Ziegler, Marcia Gay Harden, Mayim Bialik, Meagan Good, Meghan Trainor, Melissa Benoist and Vanessa Hudgens.