A Home Improvement reunion show seems to be in the works!
On Tuesday, the HISTORY network announced a 10-episode debut of a new competition series under the working title Assembly Required, starring Tim Allen and Richard Karn. Allen, 67, and Karn, 64, worked together for eight seasons on the beloved ABC sitcom Home Improvement which ran from 1991 to 1999.
The show will highlight the most talented builders from across the country at their home workshops as they compete to bring life back to everyday household items in desperate need of fixing. The contestants’ true talent and knowledge will be put to the test as they work to not only rebuild the items but also challenge themselves to build them better.
In each episode, Allen and Karn will also dive into the unique history around each item to honor the men and women who crafted them and the techniques used at the time.
“Let’s face it — we’re living in a throwaway society,” Allen said in a statement. “We buy, break, replace … rinse and repeat. Whatever happened to repair and rebuild?! There are some people who unfriend, unfollow and dispose of anything that offends, annoys or breaks — so I’ve created a show to remind people of the satisfaction and pride that comes from rebuilding something on their own.”
“And who better to join me than my buddy from the old Tool Time days — Richard Karn!” he continued. “Now we’re talking More Power! Albert Einstein once said, ‘I’m not a genius, I’m just passionately curious.’ Well, let’s get curious! Even a chimpanzee would at least show interest, right? Wait — I think I just came up with another idea for the show! R-R-R!”
The network’s executive vice president Eli Lehrer added, “Our history is defined by the innovations of ordinary dreamers creating extraordinary things, from Thomas Edison’s light bulb to the Wright brothers’ first flight. We look forward to partnering with Tim and Richard, America’s beloved duo, as they challenge a new wave of skilled individuals to think out-of-the-box to build upon the innovations of those before them. We hope this series will inspire viewers to think twice about throwing out that old item, roll up their sleeves and rebuild it better.”
Assembly Required is slated to premiere in 2021 on HISTORY.