STATUS: previously in development (2003-2004 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release) Ten years ago Tim Allen embodied the American male in his breakthrough comedy smash, Home Improvement. This Fall, Tim returns to ABC with a show that redefines the American male for the 21st century. Meet Tom, Bud, Rick, and Carl – four lifelong friends in the prime of life, or so they keep telling each another. Trouble is, their home lives are far from the American dream. Is the husband-father-provider a dying species? Tom is divorced and sharing custody of his kids; Bud is married and wishes he wasn't; Carl wed his best friend, but the kids they hoped for never came; and Rick lives alone, with all the toys and hardware of single adulthood. THESE GUYS is a series that probes the great human comedy of mid-life manhood: Its pastimes, pleasures, penalties, and temptations. And it asks the burning question grown-up men ask themselves every day: Should I fight my bad habits... or just sit back and enjoy them? From Tim Allen, Ron Zimmerman, and the executive-production team of That '70s Show, Carsey-Werner-Mandabach and creator Mark Brazill.