Tim Allen and Richard Karn Speak Out on Reuniting After ‘Home Improvement’: ‘Doesn’t Feel Real’

by Josh Lanier

Tim Allen and Richard Karn said it doesn’t feel like it’s been 20 years since they last performed together. The Home Improvement stars are reuniting for the History Channel show Assembly Required and said their chemistry is as strong as ever.

The show pits homemade handymen and women against each other to repair and improve old household items. Allen and Karn will host the show. YouTube star April Wilkerson will explain the more technical aspects of the builds. According to the History Channel, “This new series will push each contestant to their limits while testing their ability and ingenuity to not only rebuild it but to build it better.”

Allen said fans should expect to see something akin to Tool Time, the show-within-a-show that featured both men.

“I wanted to have Richard a part of this because it seemed like a reality extension of what Tool Time really was, where I add more power to it, I break something, he’d be the reality side of it, and it was a good fit,” Allen told Entertainment Tonight.

The two have remained good friends since Home Improvement ended in 1999. And because of that, they still have much of the same relationship.

“All of us are real close,” Allen told Entertainment Tonight. “I still see Richard way too much, boy, way too much.”

Said Karn: “It just doesn’t feel like 30 years.”

One of the reasons Allen wanted Karn to join Assembly Required is because they could introduce their dynamic to a new generation.

“I think it resonates with the parents that grew up with it and are now able to show their kids something that they can all sit together and watch,” Karn said.

What to Expect on ‘Assembly Required’

Tim Allen pitched Assembly Required as a way to honor people who repair rather than replace. He wanted to pay respect to the ingenuity of makers and homemade-tinkerers.

“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,” said Karn. “We’ve all had forms of this kind of a show in our heads, but Tim was able to bring it to fruition.”

Some of the items contestants will repair include a fire extinguisher, water fountain, treadmill, and handheld vacuum, the show said in a press release. Assembly Required is 10 hour-long episodes, with the first taking place in the contestants’ home workshops. For the finals, they’ll come to Allen’s workshop to build something he and Karn have chosen.

The winner will take home $5,000 cash and bragging rights.

The first episode will air on History Channel Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 10/9c.