The History Channel’s new nonfiction series “Assembly Required” stars and is executive produced by Golden Globe winner Tim Allen as he reunites with Richard Karn who will serve as series host and executive producer, marking the 30th anniversary of the pair’s original television debut.
Additionally, the duo will be joined by woodworking do-it-yourself YouTube star April Wilkerson who will act as the series’ own resident expert.
This new hourly, 10-episode competition series premieresTuesday, February 23 at 10PM ET/PT.
Allen and Karn spotlight the best and brightest makers from across the country, as they compete head-to-head, to create mind-blowing builds which not only pushes each builder beyond their limits but challenges their inner fixer and inventor to build it bigger, better and more powerful.
These DIY builders from across the country, at their home workshops, compete to breathe new life into everyday household items in desperate need of fixing.
In each episode, Allen and Karn will also dive into the unique history around these items to celebrate the men and women who crafted them, and the techniques used.
Everything from a dual all-season ice melter/leaf blower and all-in-one riding comfort mower to a do-it-yourself jacuzzi and BBQ bicycle — which not only pushes each builder beyond their limits but challenges their inner fixer and inventor to build it bigger, better and more powerful.
“They say a longtime friend is someone who responds with, ‘This is by far your worst idea ever’… Fortunately, this was a great idea working with Richard” said Allen. “I loved those days doing ‘Tool Time.’ We both share a great appreciation of 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.”
Resident expert April Wilkerson serves as Tim and Richard’s go-to source on the ‘how and why’ of each build, breaking down the complexities and giving the audience a bird’s eye view of what our challengers are up against.
Round one consists of the “make-or-break challenge” where all three makers have 90 minutes to build an item of Allen and Karn’s choosing while using the items specifically curated for them in their “mystery crates.” Round one builds this season include a fire extinguisher, water fountain, treadmill and handheld vacuum to name a few.
All three makers will test their final constructs for the guys with only two moving on to round two to compete in the “run-with-it challenge.”
Here they will have 5 full days to construct something that has never been created before by using the contents of another “mystery crate” as well as parts from their round one build.
What the final two don’t know is Wilkerson will throw a proverbial “wrench” into their plans with “April’s Secret Challenge,” covertly tricking up one of the parts, so it will require a surprise repair. This ensures they aren’t just builders and inventors but also fixers.
The final two builds will be shipped to Allen’s workshop where he and Karn will personally test each creation based on three criteria — quality, design and functionality.
The winning maker takes home $5,000 in cash and the ultimate bragging rights.”