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Last Man Standing will soon have a new man in charge, Deadline reports.

Series creator Jack Burditt has asked to leave the Tim Allen comedy after suffering a family tragedy earlier this year. Kevin Abbott is set to take over following the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Burditt had been on an extended leave of absence. Abbott, who previously took over as showrunner of Reba midway through its series run, is currently setting up a new pilot for Reba McEntire. He'll  serve as showrunner on both shows if the McEntire project, Malibu Country, is picked up for the 2012-2013 TV season.

Abbott is just waiting to get approval from TV Land, where he is under contract and serves as a consulting producer on Retired at 35.