Richard Karn and Tim Allen have a working relationship that goes back decades.
The pair worked together for eight seasons on “Home Improvement.”
Karn and Allen are back together in the History Channel’s 10-episode series “Assembly Required,” which airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 23.
“I only saw a rough cut, and they did a really good job editing our ramblings,” Karn says of the show. “Getting back with Tim is comfortable. We have grown a lot. Coming back together, it’s like there was no time between the two.
Each week, “Assembly Required” features three makers who compete from their own home stores to create crazy builds with their bare hands while Allen and Karn step in virtually to provide colorful feedback and oversee their work over two rounds. of challenge.
“One of the challenges was that WiFi isn’t as strong in all corners of America,” Karn says. “We had to figure that out. It took time at first. One of the upsides is that each contestant was able to participate from the comfort of their own space.
Resident expert – and YouTube sensation – April Wilkerson serves as the go-to source on the “how and why” of each build, breaking down the complexities and giving audiences a big picture view of what our challengers are up against.
Karn says the idea for the show came from the idea that neither he nor Allen like to throw things away.
“We have a garage full of items that are missing a part,” he says. “We put it in the garage for repair, and we usually forget about it.”
Karn and Allen also had the opportunity to have Wilkerson repair some of their own items.
“Of course, that didn’t make the show,” Karn says. “She could fix anything, and it was amazing to see her at work.”
The first round consists of a “Challenge Challenge”, in which the three makers have 90 minutes to build an item of Allen and Karn’s choice while using the items specially made for them in their “mystery crates”. Builds include a fire extinguisher, water fountain, treadmill, and hand-held vacuum cleaner.
All three manufacturers will test their final builds for the guys, and only two will advance to round two to compete in the “Run With It” challenge.
Here they will have five full days to build something that has never been created before using the contents of another mystery crate as well as parts from their Round 1 build.
What the latter two don’t know is that Wilkerson will throw a proverbial “wrench” into their plans with “April’s Secret Challenge”, secretly tricking one of the rooms, thus requiring a surprise repair. This ensures that they are not only builders and inventors, but also repairers.
The final two versions will be shipped to Allen’s workshop, where he and Karn will test each creation against three criteria: quality, design and functionality. The winning manufacturer takes home $5,000 cash and ultimate bragging rights.
Allen was also up for the challenge.
“They say a longtime friend is someone who responds with, ‘This is by far the worst idea of your life. Fortunately, it was a great idea to work with Richard,” Allen said in a statement. “I loved those days doing ‘Tool Time’ (the fictional show featured in ‘Home Improvement’). We both share a great appreciation for people who can solve a problem not by talking about it, but by “doing” it with creativity and amazing building skills, plus it gives me more time to make fun of his fake beard.
Years after “Home Improvement” left the air, Karn loves having Allen by his side.
“Tim has always been jealous of my facial hair. Mainly because when he grows up it looks a little weird, but I will say it’s one of his best ideas,” Karn said of the “Working alongside him has been the silver lining of this difficult year. We agree on a lot of things, but if nothing else, this show has only highlighted the differences in our own preferences of personal designs and when you add the creativity of our competitors, well let’s just say it brings me great joy to be a member of this project.”
Karn also looked forward to the opportunity to be on TV again. He’s been busy doing theater since ‘Home Improvement’ ended.
“Being on a TV series again helps raise your profile,” says Karn. “Having the structure of a TV series in my life has been great, even though we had to do it virtually.”