The Stars Of “Home Improvement” Are Bringing Us A New Show

Back in the ‘90s, “Home Improvement” was one of the most watched television sitcoms in the United States and, throughout eight seasons, it bought us the easy-going comedy we needed. But, while the cancellation of the show left many fans upset, there is some positive news to rejoice! The stars of the show are now planning a new project that will air on History Channel. Let’s have a look at what it will be about!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Walt Disney Television | "Home Improvement" Promo Shot.


FIRST THINGS FIRST

Between the years of 1991 and 1999, Home Improvement's eight seasons allowed us to follow the daily lives of Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor, his wife, and their three children. Based in Detroit, the show allowed us to keep in touch with the day-to-day issues that the average American family goes through. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Walt Disney Television | "Home Improvement" Promo Shot.


THE CAST MEMBERS

While the whole cast of “Home Improvement” was impeccably selected, there were two actors that stood out from the rest, namely Tim Allen and Richard Karn. These two are now on their way to release a new show called “Assembly Required”, but what led them to it?

Image Credits: Getty Images / Walt Disney Television | Richard Karn and Tim Allen.


TIM ALLEN

After overcoming his troubles with the law, Tim Allen became a well-known stand-up comedian, who rose to fame with his roles in “Home Improvement” and “Last Man Standing”. Originally from Colorado, Allen was one of six children who lost their father in a car accident.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison | Tim Allen attends FOX Summer TCA 2018 All-Star Party.

In October 1979, Allen made his debut as a stand-up comedian at Detroit's Comedy Castle, however, it wouldn’t be until 1981 that he would become a regular artist on the stage. Nine years later, Allen debuted his “Men Are Pigs” routine, which caught the attention of Walt Disney Studios, however, Allen denied all the offers he got.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Matt Winkelmeyer | Tim Allen attends the premiere of Disney and Pixar's "Toy Story 4".


NEGOTIATING WITH DISNEY

Even though Allen got offered roles in “Turner & Hooch” (1989) and “The Dead Poets Society” (1989), he was certain that he would be able to create content that would be more up his alley, and which would allow him to showcase what he did best: comedy.

Image Credits: Getty Images / FOX Image Collection | Tim Allen.

By negotiating with Disney to use his routine as the basis for a new show, Allen provided them the materials needed to create “Home Improvement”, and the rest is history! One year after the show first aired the actor won the Peoples' Choice Award for Favorite Male Television Performer, which he would win for eight consecutive years.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Walt Disney Television | "Home Improvement" Promo Shot.


RICHARD KARN

Throughout his career, Richard Karn has become well-known mostly for his role in “Home Improvement”, but also for his hosting gig in the show “Family Feud”. It all started once he graduated from the University of Washington where Karn studied drama, having after relocated to New York City to pursue his career in acting.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rebecca Sapp / WireImage | Richard Karn during 6th Annual Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic.

While he had studied the art of acting, Karn had difficulties in finding a good role to launch his career, and for the first couple of years, he only acted in a couple of commercials and some plays. The actor decided to relocate to Los Angeles in 1989, which proved to be the right decision for his career.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ray Mickshaw / WireImage | Richard Karn from "Home Improvement".


JOINING “HOME IMPROVEMENT”

Karn was cast to take on a leading role in “Home Improvement” as Al Borland, which became his breakthrough acting role. Having been part of eight seasons of the show, he was later invited to make part of a series of movies and television series, with his most recent credits being in “Y'All-R Family”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Victor Spinelli / WireImage | Richard Karn from "Family Feud" at the 72nd Hollywood Christmas Parade.

The actor also took on a recurring role on the television series “PEN15” where he acted the role of Fred Peters between 2019 and 2020. Nevertheless, currently, the most exciting project that Karn is joining is the one he shares with Allen, a new television series that brings the two stars together once again since “Home Improvement”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Craig Sjodin / Walt Disney Television | Richard Karn.


WHAT IS “ASSEMBLY REQUIRED” ABOUT?

Following the lead of the original show, “Assembly Required” has a strong focus on construction and building. It is a competition show that challenges builders to renovate household items that are in need of fixing. The show will air on History Channel, which has requested ten episodes of this unscripted series.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Walt Disney Television | Shot from "Home Improvement".

Throughout each episode, Tim Allen and Richard Karn will also be diving deep into the history of each item, explaining its origins and giving credit to the people. The idea of the show comes as a way to fight the current “throwaway society” that we are all living into. But what does this mean?

Image Credits: Getty Images / Walt Disney Television | Shot from "Home Improvement".


REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

Allen has made a statement where he explains why he feels that this type of show is necessary, mentioning that currently “We buy, break, replace… rinse and repeat. Whatever happened to repair and rebuild?!  There are some people who unfriend, unfollow and dispose of anything that offends, annoys or breaks [...]”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Walt Disney Television | Shot from "Home Improvement".

With this in mind, Allen decided to develop a show from which people can be reminded of the simple pleasure (and pride) that fixing something around the house can bring them. Alongside the rebuilding part of the show, the producers want to incorporate the “curiosity” side of innovation, challenging the builders to improve the items they are working on.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Walt Disney Television | Tim Allen, Pamela Anderson, and Richard Karn in "Home Improvement".


HISTORY’S CHANNEL APPROACH TO THE SHOW

Expected to air in 2021, this show will take the place of some of the most-loved shows from History Chanel which are bound to end next year, such as “Pawn Stars”. So, what did the channel announce about its new show? According to the press release, “This new series will push each contestant to their limits [...]”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Walt Disney Television | Tim Allen, Pamela Anderson, and Richard Karn in "Home Improvement".

Focusing on the contestants’ “ability [...] to not only rebuild it but to build it better”, the show expects that the builders of the show improve the normal day-to-day life objects that all of us have around the house, while the hosts of the show give us a detailed history of why these items were created in the first place. 


THE IMPORTANCE OF CURIOSITY

When talking about the new show, Tim Allen has expressed how he was inspired by Albert Einstein’s quote in which he said “I’m not a genius, I’m just passionately curious”. The actor turned host has mentioned, "Well, let’s get curious! Even a chimpanzee would at least show interest, right?”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Walt Disney Television | Shot from "Home Improvement".

This initial idea was what prompted the show “Assembly Required” to become more than a dream, and it’s not just Allen that seems to be excited about this. Eli Lehrer, the general manager of History Channel, has also said that “Our history is defined by the innovations of ordinary dreamers creating extraordinary things.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chris Polk / FilmMagic | Actors Richard Karn (L) and Tim Allen speak onstage during the 7th Annual TV Land Awards.


WHAT TO EXPECT?

The show, which started being filmed at the end of September, has already left both Tim Allen and Richard Karn over the moon. Karn shared a picture on Twitter with the caption “First day of shooting... this show is going to be amazing!!”, but, what can we expect from this contest?

Image Credits: Getty Images / David Livingston | Actors Tim Allen (L) and Richard Karn attend the Ninth Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic.

The cast of the show will include several builders from across the United States which will compete in the rebuilding of everyday items. According to Deadline, the programming chairman of A+E Networks, Rob Sharenow, has commented on how similar this show will be to “Forged in Fire”, which follows the competition of bladesmiths.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Walt Disney Television | Shot from "Home Improvement".


FOLLOWING THE FOOTSTEPS OF OTHER SHOWS

Many competition shows, especially ones related to building, forging, and even interior decor, have quickly become quite successful with the audiences, and this is what many expect will happen with “Assembly Required”. With several shows being finished in the upcoming months, the time slot for this show has opened up!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Walt Disney Television | Shot from "Home Improvement".

“I think we’ve had so many really successful formats that we’ve developed a little bit, and some of them could be sidelined and we have to replace some of those big hitters with new formats and that is a high priority for us,” Rob Sharenow disclosed, referring to shows such as “American Pickers”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jason LaVeris | Actor Tim Allen attends the 24th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party.


THE MAGIC OF “TOOL TIME”

For those who have followed Allen and Karn since the days of “Home Improvement”, you probably remember the show-within-a-show “Tool Time”, which brought us the accident-prone macho personality of Allen’s character. This is exactly the type of success (albeit with a more senior tone) that History Channel is expecting for “Assembly Required”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Lester Cohen / WireImage | Actor Richard Karn poses backstage during the 8th Annual TV Land Awards.

The show, which is still in filming stages, is expected to not only bring back the fans of the original “Home Improvement”, but also the fans of construction and competition shows. With a dose of real-life challenges and history, “Assembly Required” is expected to be aired in 2021, and we can not wait for it!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez | Actors Richard Karn and Tim Allen attend the Screen Actors Guild Foundation 4th Annual Los Angeles Golf Classic.


GETTING THINGS DONE

The teaser Twitter posts from the two stars started showing up around late August, and the fans couldn’t be more excited to find out that their “Home Improvement” idols were coming back together for an even more exciting show. With many commentators sharing that they can’t wait for the show, hopefully, it will air soon enough!

Are you excited about this new show? We sure are! Let us know in the comments below what type of items you think will be repaired on the show and make sure that you share this article with any “Home Improvement” fans you may know. We are certain they will be happy to discover that a new age of the stars is coming along! 

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