‘Assembly Required’ Asks Fans to Join in on ‘Chant’ to Announce Season 2

by Josh Lanier
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Assembly Required is reaching out to its fans to get a “chant” going in hopes to get History Channel to renew the reality competition for a second season.

The show tweeted Thursday that it wanted fans to chant “Season 2. Season 2. Season 2,” in a The Secret-esque attempt to manifest another season.

Season 1 of the show ended on April 27, and the History Channel has been tight-lipped about its plans for the it since. If there are any. Assembly Required Co-host Richard Karn disappointed fans earlier this month when he tweeted that he also hasn’t heard anything about the show’s future.

It’s unclear what will happen to the show at this point. But that hasn’t stopped fans from trying to push the network toward renewal.

Assembly Required fan Kyle Slingo started a Change.org petition recently asking the History Channel to renew the show for Season 2. So far, more than 500 people have signed it and more are joining.

But fans, and it seems the show, are growing restless. The show’s official Twitter account put out a Santa Claus meme about how long it’s taking to get an answer from History Channel.

What could be holding up a decision is future costs. The first season was shot from Tim Allen’s actual garage. He and Karn delivered their instructions to the contestants via video calls. The original plan was to fly the contestants in and have them work at a common location with Allen and Karn on-site to make comments about the weird contraptions they had instructed them to build. But COVID-19 protocols required everyone to work from home. Next season, if there is one, would likely return to that planned format, raising costs.

Allen says Karn Helped Focus Assembly Required

Tim Allen told Parade Magazine that when the pandemic began, most of the production team’s plans for the show were ruined. And moving things off-site just put more pressure on the host. Allen said he would need someone he could trust, and Richard Karn was the perfect person. They have great comedic timing and a double-act already worked out from their time on Home Improvement.

“Richard has helped me to do this,” Allen said. “It’s long days and it’s ad-libbed a lot, but not really. So it’s kind of a combination of television. It was really stressful for me because I come from stand-up, which is fully rehearsed. Theater, which is rehearsed. Movies, which is, of course, rehearsed. A sitcom is kind of rehearsed. I ad-lib quite a bit in mine, and this is a merging of all that.”