TV shows from the 90s are seeing something of a renaissance as of late, with special reunions and reboots of everything from Friends to Rocko’s Modern Life. So it should come as no surprise that the popular sitcom Home Improvement is making a comeback.
Well, sort of.
While the Home Improvement series itself isn’t returning, its primary stars Tim Allen and Richard Karn are teaming up to bring us a news series that seems heavily inspired from their “Tool Time” show-within-a-show.
The two actors are reuniting with their Tim “The Toolman” Taylor and Al Borland personas for a new show on the History channel called Assembly Required.
It’s sort of a competitive game show that showcases contestants with a knack for building things. Talented builders from across the US will face the challenge of fixing broken household items and finding ways to rebuild them with even more useful functions.
On top of the rebuilding aspect, the new series will also educate viewers by diving deep into the unique histories of the household items featured in each episode’s competition, highlighting interesting facts as well as the men and women behind these inventions.
Karn and Allen have collaborated before. Not just on Home Improvement, but also on Allen’s previous sitcom The Last Man Standing which was a ratings hit that Karn occasionally guest-starred in. Still, Assembly Required is the closest they’ve come to fully realizing the potential of co-hosting a handyman show together.
Both actors will also serve as executive producers on the series, and apparently their on-screen riffing will be unscripted.
No word yet on whether other Home Improvement stars like Jonathan Taylor Thomas will be dropping by to make an appearance.