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Jonathan Taylor Thomas Is Back

May 08, 2001 | 3:19am EDT

He's baaaack! "Home Improvement" alumnus Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who viewers saw grow up on the hit ABC sitcom, has signed a six-figure deal with 20th Century Fox TV to star in a primetime series for the network, Daily Variety reports.

Whether he'll appear in another comedy or a drama is still up in the air, but word is that the former child star is leaning toward a drama. And if you ask a Fox exec, Thomas is more than capable of making the switch.

"Jonathan has tremendous range," 20th Century Fox TV Co-President Dana Walden told Variety. "He's proven in his work on 'Home Improvement' and his new features that he can play both lighter and more dramatic roles."

Now a student at Harvard, Thomas spent seven seasons on "Home Improvement" playing Tim Allen's middle son, Randy Taylor. His recent work includes "Common Ground," a made-for-TV movie in which he plays a gay student, and a memorable guest-starring stint on "Ally McBeal" last season. His film credits include "Tom and Huck," "Man of the House," "Wild America" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas."

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