Allen and Karn will host and executive produce Assembly Required, in which builders compete from their home workshops to breathe new life into household items that desperately need fixing. Allen and Karn will also delve into the history of each item and celebrate the men and women who crafted them and the techniques they used.
“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.”
Added History executive vp and general manager Eli Lehrer, “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.”
Allen currently stars in Last Man Standing on Fox, which will begin its ninth season on Fox in 2021 — passing the eight years Home Improvement ran on ABC in the 1990s. Karn recurs on Hulu’s Pen15 and has appeared in several holiday movies on Hallmark and Lifetime in recent years.
Assembly Required is produced by Wheelhouse Entertainment’s Spoke Studios, ITV America and Boxing Cat Entertainment. Allen and Karn executive produce with Brent Montgomery, Ed Simpson, Joe Weinstock, Will Nothacker, Simon Thomas, Vince Cariati and Katherine D. Fox. Lehrer, Mary E. Donahue and Max Micallef exec produce for History.