Nancy Travis lands lead in Tim Allen's ABC pilot


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Nancy Travis has bagged the female lead role in ABC’s comedy pilot that stars Tim Allen in his potential return to primetime TV (in other words: The surest bet of any sitcom pilot competing for a fall series pickup).

She’ll play Vanessa, Tim’s “smart and loving wife who doesn’t miss much.”

The untitled project from 20th Century Fox stars Allen as traditional manly man in a progressive world. Travis is a sitcom vet with several titles under her belt, including Becker and The Bill Engvall Show, as well as guest spots on ABC shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives.


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  • Jenn

    Tim Allen is a bloated unfunny pig.

    • mvylvr

      Hmmm can I sense no sense of humor, have a little fun.

    • Ashley

      Wow, you really don’t know funny or talent do you?

      • Ashley

        This is @Jenn btw

    • bruno

      agreed jenn. agreed.

  • stu

    sounds like Home Improvement. Another lame show.

    • K

      Home Improvement, lame?? That’s absurd.

      • DeJesus

        Maybe not lame, but the joke wore pretty thin after a couple of seasons.

  • mvylvr

    It is going to be great to see Tim Allen back on TV again. He did establish himself a “home” persa with Disney years ago when Home Improvement came and with the tremendous success of his Santa Claus films and Toy Story franchise. Can not wait to see him again and I love Nancy Travis as his wife. Maybe one of those episodes will bring in Patricia Richardson as a potential guest star. Good luck Tim.

  • Amber

    I love her. Her show Almost Perfect was hilarious.

    • Jenny

      Yes! I was wondering if anyone else remembered that show. She is awesome. Although I do not care for Tim Allen, I would watch for her.

    • Laurie

      I love her too. So I Married an Axe Murdered is one of the best movies ever.

  • pitt

    Good to see her still getting work–though EW could have chosen a more flattering picture to go with this article!

  • ggny

    Tim allen can spark abc bringing back 90s stars! now get Ben Savage and Rider Strong a new sitcom!

    • Elizabeth


      Don’t forget Will Friedle…

  • katie

    Great choice! They will be great together, and this show will likely be a big hit.

  • deedeedragons

    Agree! TvLand should get on this right away!

  • Ellen

    Nancy Travis is great! She and Tim Allen seem like a natural fit. I think this show will be really funny and entertaining.

  • Barrack Obummer

    Man, Nancy Travis looks like she hit the wall in that photo. I remember how hot she was back in the day. What a sad day.
    Tim Allen = never funny

    • Caren

      People age I think she looked pretty good on DH…she had quite the movie career.

  • Joe

    There hasn’t been alot of coverage of all the pilots that are being made this year instead of all the coverage of the shows that were most likely not going to see what about some more coverage of shows that are sure things

  • Here & There

    Check out Married to the Mob. Nancy Travis was very, very hot while in a small part early in the film.

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