All is not happy at “Home Improvement,” with the three child actors on the hit ABC comedy seeking more money, and all, thus far, no-shows for the first week of production.
A spokeswoman for the Walt Disney Studios confirmed that the three had not reported to work, reading a statement from the show’s production outfit, Wind Dancer Production Group, saying, “We are all disappointed about not having the boys for the first week of production” and are “hoping for a quick resolution.”
The three actors — Zachery Ty Bryan, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Taran Smith — have made what one exec called “outlandish” salary demands. Disney is apparently planning to shoot around them if they haven’t returned by the time taping begins on Friday.
The Savage Agency’s Judy Savage, who represents Smith, would say only that “all three boys have been sick this week,” adding somewhat wryly, “and we really hope they’ll be better by next week.”
The trio are said to be under contract to Disney through a possible seventh year of the show, which is entering its third season and has been renewed through 1996.
“Home Improvement” has emerged as a major hit in its second season and has already commanded whopping sums in syndication, with predictions that the show could wind up as the second-highest-grossing sitcom ever, behind only “The Cosby Show.”
All adult cast members are in tow, including star Tim Allen and co-star Patricia Richardson, who reportedly renegotiated her agreement for next season.