>TIM GETS TANKED
THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO INVENT A new tax bracket for Tim Allen. Sure, he’s a successful comic, movie star and bestselling author. But this week he begins clocking the really big bucks as his Home Improvement goes into syndication Mondays through Fridays (check local listings). The sitcom enters rerun heaven in unprecedented style: with a fresh episode (Mon., Sept. 11). Tim and Jill leave the boys with Al for the weekend so they can travel to a military base and race each other in M1A1 tanks (Club Med, one assumes, was booked). Though Tim boasts that he’s in his element (“machines, Marines, latrines, and…beans”), he’s about as comfortable driving the big machine as Michael Dukakis appeared in that famous photo from his ’88 presidential race.