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History preps restoration competition series starring Tim Allen, Richard Karn

A+E Networks’ History has commissioned a 10-part unscripted competition series featuring former Home Improvement stars Tim Allen (Last Man Standing) and Richard Karn (Pen15). Assembly Required (working title) will trace Allen (pictured left) and ...
August 25, 2020

A+E Networks’ History has commissioned a 10-part unscripted competition series featuring former Home Improvement stars Tim Allen (Last Man Standing) and Richard Karn (Pen15).

Assembly Required (working title) will trace Allen (pictured left) and Karn (right) as they spotlight some of the most talented builders in America who will compete to transform ordinary but dilapidated household items into impressive creations from their home workshops.

Each episode of the building competition format will also see Allen and Karn diving into the unique history associated with these items to celebrate the men and women who crafted them, and the techniques used.

Assembly Required is slated to premiere in 2021 on History.

The series is produced by Wheelhouse Entertainment’s Spoke Studios, ITV America and Boxing Cat Entertainment.

Allen and Karn will serve as executive producers alongside Brent Montgomery, Ed Simpson, Joe Weinstock, Will Nothacker, Simon Thomas, Vince Cariati and Katherine D. Fox.

History’s Eli Lehrer, Mary E. Donahue and Max Micallef are also listed as executive producers. 

In addition, Wheelhouse Entertainment’s marketing arm, Wheelhouse Labs, will work jointly with History’s advertising sales team to invite and secure brands that want to link with the competition series.

In a statement, History EVP and GM Eli Lehrer said the network is looking forward to partnering with Allen and Karn — “America’s beloved duo” — and added: “We hope this series will inspire viewers to think twice about throwing out that old item, roll up their sleeves and rebuild it better.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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