ABC Greenlights 'Shifting Gears' Comedy Pilot with Tim Allen

Tim Allen gears up for a heartfelt comedic return.

by Nouman Rasool
ABC Greenlights 'Shifting Gears' Comedy Pilot with Tim Allen
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In a move that further solidifies his longstanding relationship with ABC, Tim Allen is poised for a remarkable third stint on the network. The entertainment giant has officially greenlit a pilot for Allen's new comedy venture, "Shifting Gears," under the banner of 20th Television.

Allen is not only set to lead the cast but will also don the hat of an executive producer for this multi-camera sitcom, currently bearing a provisional title. The creative minds of Mike Scully and Julie Thacker Scully will steer the project, serving both as writers and executive producers.

"Shifting Gears" unfolds the life of Matt, portrayed by Allen, a determined and widowed proprietor of a classic car restoration shop. The narrative takes a heartwarming turn as Matt's estranged daughter and her adolescent children make a move into his home, igniting the flames of familial restoration alongside automotive revivals.

Joining the executive production team are industry stalwarts Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, Richard Baker, and Rick Messina, bringing their invaluable expertise to the forefront of this promising show.

Allen's ABC Legacy

This project is a continuation of Allen's illustrious tenure with ABC and Disney, reminiscent of his role in the iconic "Home Improvement" series from 1991 to 1997.

Allen's journey continued with "Last Man Standing," a series that began its run on ABC in 2011 before transitioning to Fox, where it concluded in 2021. More recently, Allen graced the screens in Disney+'s "The Santa Clauses," reprising his beloved role as Scott Calvin/Santa Claus, and has lent his voice to the indomitable Buzz Lightyear in Disney's award-winning "Toy Story" franchise for several decades.

The Scullys bring a wealth of experience to "Shifting Gears." Mike Scully, renowned for his influential tenure on "The Simpsons" as an executive producer and showrunner, has also contributed to "The Simpsons Movie," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "The Carmichael Show," and "Parks and Recreation." Julie Thacker Scully, with her impressive resume including "The Simpsons," "Fuller House," and the animated adaptation of "Napoleon Dynamite," continues to leave her mark on the industry.

Together, they have co-created and developed series such as "Complete Savages" and "The Pitts," showcasing their dynamic synergy and creative vision.