Tim Allen Compares Upcoming Series ‘Assembly Required’ to Fictional ‘Tool Time’ Show on ‘Home Improvement’

by Thad Mitchell

With his hit show “Last Man Standing” about to wrap up, actor and funny man Tim Allen is gearing up for a new show.

“Last Man Standing” is in its ninth and final season as it will soon go off the air for good. Despite it being the farewell season, Allen says he is thankful the show lasted nine seasons — a rarity in today’s ever-changing television landscape. On the show, Allen plays the lead Mike Baxter, a character he says he has more in common with than many of his other characters.

Allen’s new show “Assembly Required” is a reality-based competition featuring real people attempting complex builds. Competitors on the History Channel series will work from their own home shops to build wonderful creations.

The show brings back “Home Improvement” duo Allen and Richard Karn to provide commentary on the handyman projects. On their previous show, Allen stars as Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor and Karn as his “Tool Time” assistant Al Borland.

Speaking with reporters about the show’s concept, Allen compares the show to a live version of the fictional “tool time” show featured on “Home Improvement.” He even says their Assembly Required characters are very similar to the ones they play on Home Improvement.

“My only hesitation was I didn’t want to embarrass myself,” Allen says of the new project. “We’re very similar to the characters we play in that show.”

Tim Allen, Richard Karn Teaming Up For New Show

Karn also says he is looking forward to the new show and reuniting with Allen in the process. The two men made quite a comedy duo on the wildly popular Home Improvement show.

“We don’t like to ask questions we don’t know the answers to,” he says. “My dad was a builder, my grandfather was a builder. I’ve always really respected that part of society.”

As “The Tool Man’s” sidekick on Tool Time, Karn’s character Al Borland would often have to clean up the mess made by his partner.

“Things break around the house and sometimes you don’t want to throw it away because it might be just a little, tiny thing that will fix it and it’ll work perfectly instead of going into a trash heap,” he says. “We’ve all had forms of this kind of a show in our heads, but Tim was able to bring it to fruition.”

Assembly Required will premiere next Tuesday on the History Channel at 9 p.m. CT,