Tim Allen & Richard Karn Reunite for HISTORY Series


Tim Allen and his former Home Improvement co-star Richard Karn are reuniting in an unscripted series for HISTORY tentatively titled Assembly Required.

HISTORY has given a ten-episode order to the series, which will spotlight the best and brightest builders from across the country, at their home workshops, as they compete to breathe new life into everyday household items in desperate need of fixing. Allen (Last Man Standing, Home Improvement) will star and executive producer, while Karn (Pen15, Home Improvement) will serve as host and executive producer.

The show is produced by Wheelhouse Entertainment’s Spoke Studios, ITV America and Boxing Cat Entertainment. It is slated for a 2021 debut on HISTORY.

“Let’s face it—we’re living in a throwaway society,” said Allen. “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! 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!”

“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,” said Eli Lehrer, executive VP and general manager for HISTORY. “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.”