Reunion: 'Home Improvement'

Richard Karn (Al Borland)
Now, that's love: Despite the many years that have passed since Karn last picked up a power drill for a segment of Tool Time, he still has a few plaid shirts from the show hanging in his closet. ''That was eight years of my life,'' says Karn, 55, who played Tim's right-hand man. ''I want to keep mementos. The first year they were putting me in these Ralph Lauren shirts that cost $115, but they didn't look as good as the $15 and $20 ones that came right off the rack.'' Karn, who was a Family Feud host for several years and continues to appear on TV (Dirt) and in direct-to-DVD films, admits he and Allen still dream about a Home Improvement movie. ''We could start at Wilson's funeral. [Actor Earl Hindman passed away in 2003.] It would be a nice jumping-off point where everybody came together.''

Jonathan Taylor Thomas (Randy Taylor)
Talk about the icing on the reunion cake! Thomas' participation in the get-together was all the more special because most of the cast hadn't seen him since the show ended. While the actor didn't completely abandon his TV career — he made appearances on shows like Veronica Mars and Smallville — after being a teen idol for so many years and voicing the young Simba in The Lion King, he was ready to look outside of Hollywood for his heart's desire...which would eventually mean graduating from Columbia. ''I didn't have any sort of big gripes,'' the 30-year-old says by way of explanation for his exit. ''I just wanted to experience other things, see what direction life was going to take me.'' Looking back, Thomas admits that Home Improvement was a pretty sweet gig. ''I don't remember sitting there at 16, 17, and thinking, 'There are no jokes here.' I wouldn't have said that anyway. We had the luxury of being given great material every week.'' Though he's been lying low for several years (''I'm not a high-maintenance kind of guy — I don't need to have the castle in the sky''), Thomas, who splits his time between the East and West Coasts, is now considering a career in directing. He's also not opposed to going back in front of the camera. (No, Allen hasn't asked him to guest-star on Last Man Standing...yet.) ''I still have a passion for TV,'' says the actor, ''so I could see myself working in it.'' Hear that, Hollywood? Get on it!


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