By Lynette Rice
March 30, 2011 at 07:59 PM EDT
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Hector Elizondo has joined ABC’s comedy pilot that could mark Tim Allen’s potential return to prime time. The veteran TV actor (Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Hope) will play Allen’s boss Ed in the comedy that stars the ex-Home Improvement star as a traditionally manly man in a progressive world.

Nancy Travis (Becker) will play Allen’s wife in the pilot from 20th Century Fox TV.

The unnamed comedy will be penned by the Emmy-winning Jack Burditt (The Mike O’Malley Show, Inside Schwartz).