‘Assembly Required’: Tim Allen Says He and Richard Karn are ‘Very Similar’ to Their ‘Home Improvement’ Characters

by Josh Lanier

Tim Allen has called his new show Assembly Required a real-life version of Tool Time. And that’s bared out by his choice of a co-host. Richard Karn, who played Tim Taylor’s button-down sidekick Al Borland, will also star in the new History Channel show.

And fans of their 1990s hit Home Improvement will likely want to catch Assembly Required. Allen says to expect the same kind of chemistry between the pair as before.

“We’re very similar to the characters we play in that show,” Allen said, according to The Wrap.

Though, you probably won’t see Allen destroying things with “more power” like Taylor did on Tool Time. Their new show is about repairing household items rather than blowing them up.

Allen said he hadn’t considered Karn for his co-host, but it made perfect sense once the decision was made.

Assembly Required premieres Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 10 p.m. ET. History Channel recently dropped a trailer for it.

What is ‘Assembly Required’ About?

History says it wants to highlight builders and craftsmen and women and explore the history of household items.

“Assembly Required reunites Tim Allen with Richard Karn in this new competition series. That spotlights the best and brightest builders from across the country, at their home workshops,” the channel’s description of the show reads. “As they compete to breathe new life into everyday household items in desperate need of fixing. 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 and Karn will pop in for commentary and some jokes. They’ll also show why contestants should repair the items rather than replace them. Maker and YouTube star April Wilkerson will explain the more technical aspects of the builds.

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

Allen and Karn starred on Home Improvement for 8 seasons from 1991 until 1999. The show was a smash hit with fans. So much so, that Allen recently climbed back into the role of Tim Taylor for the final season of his show Last Man Standing. Though that was likely for the last time.

Allen said he’d likely never consider a reboot after the death of Earl Hindman, who played his neighbor Wilson on the show.