In this age of revivals, sitcoms have not been immune.
One Day at a Time was revived with a modern spin, Full House came back and felt exactly the same (that’s not a compliment), Roseanne came back and then was forced to switch things up, and even Who’s The Boss has a return percolating.
One classic 90s sitcom that has yet to sniff a remake is Home Improvement, starring Tim Allen as a family man and incompetent DIY-er Tim “The Toolman” Taylor. Tim’s job on the show was as the host of Tool Time, a Bob Vila style home improvement show (get it?), which he co-hosted with his sidekick Al (Richard Karn), who was not-so-secretly the far more competent of the two.
Now Home Improvement may not be coming back, but that doesn’t mean Tim and Al aren’t! In fact, the co-stars are reuniting for a show on The History Channel called Assembly Required. It’s a 10-episode competition show that features some of the best makers from across the country competing to outdo each other.
The reunion is special to the two former co-stars, and Allen expressed as much.
“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. 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.”
Clearly, their relationship hasn’t missed a beat. Check out the trailer for “Assembly Required,” which premieres on The History Channel on February 23rd: