A+E Networks’ History Channel will once again reunite Tim Allen with his former Home Improvement co-star Richard Karn via the non-fiction series More Power, which premieres on June 29.
The 10-episode series, which also co-stars YouTube DIY woodworking personality April Wilkerson, will take place in Allen’s home shop, where the hosts will explore the history of the coolest, most powerful and iconic tools. Each episode will focus on a different tool, from blades and batteries to magnets and lasers, and trace how they evolved from handheld and basic to industrial and mighty while also explaining such phenomena as how a magnet can light up a whole city.
The trio will also venture into the field to play with some of the biggest machines that power our everyday lives, and meet the men and women who operate them. Allen will also invite experts into his shop for “Tim’s Maker Challenge,” tasking them to create new builds for unique tools like an automatic leaf-vacuum-rake that sucks up leaves and puts them directly into the garbage, or a battery-powered mobile kitchen.
This is the second series featuring the trio to air on History and is effectively, pardon the pun, a retooling of the previous program. Assembly Required, unveiled in 2020, aired in 2021. According to an A+E spokesperson, “Assembly Required was produced during the throes of the pandemic to continue to deliver great content until we were able to safely produce More Power as originally intended.”
The new series, like Assembly Required, is produced by Wheelhouse subsidiary Spoke Studios (which recently hired former Shed Media general manager Pam Healy as president) and Boxing Cat Entertainment. Allen and Karn are executive producers, along with Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, Will Nothacker, Joe Weinstock, K.P. Anderson, Cindy Kain and Katherine D. Fox. Eli Lehrer, Mary E. Donahue and Max Micallef serve as executive producers for History.
“We are thrilled to be expanding our relationship with David Chang, Majordomo, and Hulu with these brand new series that will leave Hulu’s audience hungry for more,” said Chad Mumm, Chief Creative Officer, Vox Media Studios in a statement. “With a mix of notable chefs, talent, and partners, these innovative series are a fresh take on culinary competitions.”
The series are:
Drag Me to Dinner. If you want a great party, hire a party planner. If you want an outrageous, unforgettable party, call in someone who makes something fabulous and supremely entertaining out of almost nothing… a Drag Queen! Created and executive produced by and featuring Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka and their celebrity friends, Drag Me to Dinner is the new close-ended comedic competition that doesn’t take itself too seriously. In each of these episodes, two new pairs of visionary Queens go wig-to-wig in a competition to throw the coolest themed dinner party on a dime. Set in a chic yet lo-fi studio, Drag Me to Dinner is a mix of bawdy humor embracing the sharp, unfiltered nature of authentic Drag Culture, and the irreverent fourth wall breaking moments and creative editing of cult hits like Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun and Between Two Ferns. Each episode features something completely unexpected and entertaining. It’s from Vox Media Studios, Majordomo Media, Matador Content (a Boat Rocker Company), and Boat Rocker. Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka serve as Executive Producers in addition to Chad Mumm and Mark W. Olsen for Vox Media Studios, and David Chang, Dave O’Connor, Chris Ying and Christopher C. Chen for Majordomo Media. Todd Lubin serves as an Executive Producer for Matador Content and Jay Peterson for Boat Rocker. James Sunderland is the Showrunner and Executive Producer.
Secret Chef. From Executive Producer David Chang comes a radical twist on the cooking competition, as ten chefs anonymously rank each other’s food through a series of blind tastings. With their true identities concealed, everything will be hidden except the one thing that matters most… the food. Produced by Vox Media Studios, Majordomo Media, Wheelhouse’s Spoke Studios. Executive producers for Wheelhouse’s Spoke Studios include Eric Wattenberg, Scott Lonker, Will Nothacker and Liz Fine. Chad Mumm and Mark W. Olsen executive produce for Vox Media Studios, and David Chang, Dave O’Connor, Chris Ying and Christopher C. Chen are the executive producers for Majordomo Media. Patrick J. Doody serves as showrunner and executive producer.
Burning Men. On this bracket-style competition series we pit pepper growers against one another in a fight to prove whose creation is hottest. Each episode a new region of growers goes head to head in a series of challenges aimed at testing the heat behind their superhots. The winner of each region advances to the finals, where their peppers are put through the rigors in an attempt to determine whose really is hottest. In the end, only one grower will emerge victorious and take the crown for World’s Hottest Pepper. Produced by Vox Media Studios, Majordomo Media, High Noon Entertainment.
Chefs vs. Wild. In each episode of the show, two different world class chefs will be dropped into the wilderness where they’ll embark on a grueling and unprecedented mission – survive and forage enough wild ingredients to create a restaurant worthy, five-star meal. Episodes will culminate in the chefs going head-to-head in a “wilderness kitchen,” using their foraged ingredients and ingenuity to create savory dishes and, ultimately, impress the judges. The series will be hosted by renowned chef and adventurer Kiran Jethwa. Jethwa will also serve as judge, alongside wild foods expert Valerie Segrest. Produced by Vox Media Studios, Majordomo Media, Leftfield Pictures. It’s executive produced by Shawn Witt, Gretchen Palek and Jordana Hochman for Leftfield Pictures, Chad Mumm and Mark W. Olsen for Vox Media Studios, and David Chang, Dave O’Connor, Chris Ying and Christopher C. Chen for Majordomo Media. Stephen Rankin serves as showrunner and executive producer.
Vox Media Studios has produced six series as part of its food focused programming deal with Hulu. Additional series include the David Chang hosted series The Next Thing You Eat and Eater’s Guide to the World, narrated by Maya Rudolph.
Based in Los Angeles, the former Shed Media and High Noon executive will lead all creative efforts and growth strategies for the prodco. Among Spoke’s marquee projects are four Netflix series – including Hype House and the upcoming Goldin Auctions with Executive Producer Peyton Manning, as well as multiple series for Hulu, More Power for History, starring Tim Allen, and a slate of more than a dozen new series and projects.
Concurrently, Spoke Studios’ Will Nothacker, who has been key to development of the current slate, will return to his production roots in an expanded role as executive vice president of programming for Wheelhouse Entertainment, running the in-house production services and production management arm of the company. For Spoke Studios, Nothacker will work hand in hand with Healey; he will also work directly with Wheelhouse Entertainment’s other label heads on their projects.
Healey most recently served as general manager for nearly seven years at Warner Bros.’ Shed Media, and as EVP for nine years at lifestyle production company High Noon – developing, selling, producing and overseeing such series as Who Do You Think You Are? (NBC), 100 Humans (Netflix), Real Housewives of New York City (Bravo), First Dates (NBC), Cake Boss (TLC), Basketball Wives (VH1), Eric and Jessie (E!), Huda Boss (Facebook), Child Genius (Lifetime), Criminal Confessions (Oxygen), Tough Love (VH1), Fast Foodies (TruTV), Genius Junior (NBC), Mexican Dynasties (Bravo), Long Lost Family (TLC), Supernanny (Lifetime), and The Warriors of Liberty City (Starz), among others.
“We’re in a major moment of volatility and huge opportunity in the business, which is why Pam’s range across broadcast, cable, streaming, and producing makes her a great fit for Spoke,” said Wheelhouse Founder and CEO Brent Montgomery. “Very much like the early days at Leftfield, we’re focusing on locking great talent and expanding creatively, even when a lot of the industry is bracing and battening down the hatches. This strategy goes to the heart of Wheelhouse and aligns perfectly with Pam.”
Added Healey, “This has always been a hit-driven business and job one is seeking out those gems that can break through. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart and you have to be fearless and fortunate to have the support of great collaborators. I’m so impressed with what Brent and his team are building at Wheelhouse and am eager to dig into it all with everyone at Spoke.”
Netflix is doubling down on property.
The streamer has handed breakout reality series Selling Sunset a two season order – taking it through seasons six and seven and ordered a slate of new property, real estate and renovation shows.
Production on season six of high-end real estate series Selling Sunset, which follows the likes of Chrishell Stause, Christine Quinn and Mary Fitzgerald and their colleagues at The Oppenheim Group, will start later this summer.
The series, which is produced by Lionsgate and Done and Done Productions, is exec produced by creator Adam DiVello, Sundee Manusakis, Kristofer Lindquist, Skyler Wakil and Jason Oppenheim.
Elsewhere, the streamer has ordered four new shows and handed premiere dates to a slew of others in the property space.
Designing Miami, which premieres September 21, follows two of Miami’s two hottest designers who are competitors and husband and wife – Eilyn and Ray Jimenez. The eight-part series, produced by Wheelhouse’s Spoke Studios, is exec produced by Eric Wattenberg, Will Nothacker, Deanna Markoff and Luke Neslage.
Buying Beverly Hills, which premieres this fall, follows the agents and clients within Mauricio Umansky’s The Agency in Beverly Hills, California. Produced by Wheelhouse’s Spoke Studios and Just Entertainment, it is exec produced by Brent Montgomery, Will Nothacker, Justin W. Hochberg, Liz Fine, Adam Sher, Deanna Markoff, Ed Simpson, Michael Call, Steven Drieu and Sara Chamberlain.
Meanwhile, Critical Content has Instant Dream Home and Buy My House.
Instant Dream Home, which premieres August 10, is hosted by Danielle Brooks and is part home renovation show and part heist movie. It is exec produced by Tom Forman, George Verschoor, David Metzler, Jenny Daly, Jon Beyer, Bob Asher, Sue Langham, and Courtney Sanders.
Buy My House, which premieres this fall, follows homeowners from across America who come to sell their properties, on the spot, to one of four real-estate tycoons including Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman, Corcoran Group CEO Pamela Liebman, NFL Linebacker Brandon Copeland, and investment property magnate Danisha Wrighster.
The six-part series is hosted by Nina Parker and exec produced by Tom Forman, Jenny Daly, Matthew Pickel, Moira Ross and Dan Morando.
Finally, the streamer has dated How To Build a Sex Room for July 8, the third season of Dream Home Makeover on July 27 and Selling Sunset spinoff Selling The OC on August 24.
How To Build a Sex Room follows luxury interior designer Melanie Rose helping couples to create stylish spaces where they can carry out any fantasy they wish. It comes from ITV America and High Noon Entertainment and is exec produced by Adam Sher, Jim Berger, Scott Feeley, Corrina Robbins and Sarah Howell.
It’s case closed on the finale of the Victorian-era mystery drama “Miss Scarlet and the Duke” on “Masterpiece.” With Kate Phillips and Stuart Martin. 8 p.m. KOCE
Systemic racism, police brutality and other issues affecting the Africa American community are explored in the current-events series “Boiling Point” and “Disrupt & Dismantle.” 8 and 9 p.m. BET
The documentary “The Vaccine: Conquering Covid” spotlights the race to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control. 8 p.m. Discovery Channel; anytime, Discovery+
It’s case closed on the finale of the three-part true-crime docuseries “The Widower” from the producers of “Dateline NBC.” 9 p.m. NBC
Return with us now to Hope Valley for an eighth season of the frontier-era drama“When Calls the Heart.” With Erin Krakow. 9 p.m. Hallmark Channel
The documentary “Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine” charts the life, times and legal woes of the controversial, heavily-tattooed rapper. 10 p.m. Showtime
A baker will rise in a new season of the competition series “Spring Baking Championship.” With host Ali Khan. 9 p.m. Food Network
A struggling community in Sweden pins its hopes for a comeback on the local youth hockey team in the imported drama series “Beartown.” 9 p.m. HBO
Righteous! The documentary “Mr. SOUL!” on “Independent Lens” remembers Ellis Haizlip, host of a nationally syndicated 1960s-70s variety show whose guests included Black luminaries like Stevie Wonder, Cicely Tyson, James Baldwin and Muhammad Ali. 10 p.m. KOCE
OK, boomer. A now gray-haired 60-something comic grouses and grumbles about a wide variety of topics in the stand-up special “Brian Regan: On the Rocks.” Anytime, Netflix
Gooooooooooal! The Brazilian soccer legend considered by many to be the greatest player of all time is saluted in the sports documentary “Pelé.” Anytime, Netflix
“Superman & Lois” are shacked up in the Man of Steel’s hometown of Smallville in this superhero drama set in the DC Arrowverse and starring “Supergirl’s” Tyler Hoechlin and “Grimm’s” Elizabeth Tulloch. A series preview follows. 8 and 9:30 p.m. The CW
Country roads, take them home: Country music stars Clint Black and Rosanne Cash shake their respective family trees on a new “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” 8 p.m. KOCE
The Busbys and all six of their XX-chromosome offspring return in an eighth season of the reality series “OutDaughtered.” 8 p.m. TLC
A desperate mother and her young daughter try to escape the clutches of a bizarre religious cult in the new drama “Tyler Perry’s Ruthless.” With Melissa L. Williams. 10 p.m. BET
It’s Tool Time, take two, as former “Home Improvement” costars Tim Allen and Richard Karn reunite to cohost the competition series “Assembly Required.”10 p.m. History Channel
Resistance is feudal in “Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan,” a new docuseries mixing dramatic reenactments and expert commentary. Anytime, Netflix
Woof, there it is! Oakland dog trainer Jas Leverette turns bad doggos into the goodest bois in the unscripted series “Canine Interventions.” Anytime, Netflix
A wise-beyond-her-years teen and her hot mess of a mom try to start over in a new town in the YA drama series “Ginny & Georgia.” With Antonia Gentry and Brianne Howey. Anytime, Netflix
Red rover, red rover: “Nova” tracks the progress of NASA’s Perseverance Roverin the new episode “Looking for Life on Mars.” 9 p.m. KOCE
Crack is still wack as the South L.A.-set crime drama“Snowfall” hustles up a fourth season. With Damson Idris. 10 and 11 p.m. FX
Get your last laughs as the ladies of the recently wrapped “Baroness von Sketch Show” return with a batch of five bonus episodes. Midnight, IFC
Estranged siblings find horror on a return visit to the family farm in the 2020 terror tale “The Dark and the Wicked.” With Marin Ireland. Anytime, Shudder
Rapper-actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges gets schooled in the finer points of the culinary arts in the special “Luda Can’t Cook.” Anytime, Discovery+
They grow up so fast: Our spunky young heroine (Soleil Moon Frye) is now a single mother of three in a reboot of the 1980s sitcom “Punky Brewster.”Anytime, Peacock
The intrepid filmmaker who brought the sport of skiing to the big screen in several decades’ worth of docs is remembered in the documentary “Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story.” Anytime, Discovery+
It’s back to Panama City Beach for another season of the reality series “Floribama Shore.” 9 p.m. MTV
Yes, ma’am! “She’s the Boss” in this new reality series starring entrepreneur, income strategist, motivational speaker, wife and mother Nicole Walters. 10:31 p.m. USA
She’s the baaaaad guy … duh: The documentary “Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry” gets up close and personal with the teenage pop phenom. Anytime, Apple TV+
It’s a game of cat and mouse as the classic cartoon characters “Tom & Jerry”return in a live action/animated adventure. With Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña and “SNL’s” Colin Jost. Anytime, HBO Max
Singer-actress Andra Day portrays the legendary jazz vocalist known as “Lady Day” in Lee Daniels’ 2021 biopic “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”Anytime, Hulu
Word on the street is the six-part docuseries “Hip Hop Uncovered” is ending its run with back-to-back episodes. 9 and 10:21 p.m. FX
A teen’s depraved father makes her life a living hell over the course of two horrific decades in the fact-based TV movie “Girl in the Basement.” With Stefanie Scott, Joely Fisher and Judd Nelson. 8 p.m. Lifetime
She’s torn between two brothers, feelin’ like a fool in the TV movie “It Was Always You.” With Tyler Hynes and the aforementioned Erin Krakow. 9 p.m. Hallmark Channel
Tim Allen and Richard Karn are reuniting again 30 years after their “Home Improvement” days for the History Channel’s forthcoming unscripted competition series “Assembly Required,” but don’t expect sitcom shenanigans while watching. Instead, the duo will lean into their real-life friendship and tried-and-true on-screen chemistry for a “kind of a live version of ‘Tool Time,’” Allen explained, while spotlighting the best and brightest makers from across the country with a can-do attitude and a competitive streak.
During the network’s Television Critics Association winter press tour panel Thursday, star Allen and host Karn gave the rundown on the new hourly 10-episode reality show, joined by the series’ own resident expert April Wilkerson (known best for her DIY woodworking and metalworking videos on YouTube), and Brent Montgomery, executive producer.
“Assembly Required” pits three builders head-to-head as they hammer, chop, arrange and assemble mind-blowing creations out of everyday household items in desperate need of fixing. Viewers will watch the production of a dual all-season ice melter/leaf blower, an all-in-one riding comfort mower, a do-it-yourself jacuzzi, a BBQ bicycle and more. The show is described as a competition series that lets participants “take back their sense of purpose and awaken their inner builder.” In each episode, Allen and Karn will also dive into the unique history around the materials and things used to honor the men and women who crafted them.
While producing the show during the pandemic, Allen, Wilkerson and Karn spoke on the challenges of having to judge participants remotely from their own workshops and having to connect with the creations in-person for the second part of the build.
“Because we were forced to do it in our separate space, you realize that around the country that Wi-Fi and the ability to get access to the outside world is not as easy for everybody,” Karn explained. “Sometimes we had to wait a while to make sure that the Wi-Fi and the cameras and everything was feeding us back all the information. There was a little bit of a disconnect because we would watch this stuff and talk about it with each other, but then when we actually saw it in person, we’d see the big little things that we didn’t realize in the builds. Some of them were amazing, and some of them looked great on camera.”
Even so, Montgomery rest-assured that The History Channel did not spare high-quality production and tried to make it “as least COVID-looking as possible.”
“It gave us a really great recipe to think and play and do different stuff… We would not normally have been inside these people’s shops and it probably would have been even harder for Tim to eliminate people face to face seeing them from six feet away!” Montgomery said. “So, we really think being able to highlight these people through their own environment started at a really nice baseline because they’re using a lot of their own equipment and are in their home turf. It gives us an incredible foundation to do some new and cool stuff in subsequent seasons.”
Wilkerson added that she thinks DIY will continue to be an upward trend as the pandemic continues to force us into our homes. “I think the more people that get into it, the more it inspires others to get into it too. Because, I think at the root of our DNA, we all want to build and create… I think people have the free time now to get rid of the other amenities they’re used to and put it into using their hands.”
Allen agreed with Wilkerson, acknowledging that he appreciates people that, instead of throwing stuff out, fix and repair to make things better. “It is in our DNA somewhere. Whatever we screw up we can fix it,” Allen added.
The series hails from Wheelhouse Entertainment’s Spoke Studios, ITV America and Boxing Cat Entertainment. Allen and Karn will executive produce alongside Brent Montgomery, Ed Simpson, Joe Weinstock, Will Nothacker, Simon Thomas, Vince Cariati and Katherine D. Fox. Eli Lehrer, Mary E. Donahue and Max Micallef serve as executive producers for History.
“Assembly Required” premieres on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 10 p.m. ET on The History Channel.
Discovery-owned Food Network is set to profile former NFL players linebacker Brian “Rak” Orakpo and safety Michael “Griff” Griffin as they step off of the grid iron and into the kitchen in The Cupcake Guys Training Camp.
Produced by Michael Strahan’s SMAC Entertainment, Spoke Studios, ITV America and The Story Lab, the hour-long documentary special will follow the retired University of Texas and Tennessee Titans players as they attempt to exploit their newfound passion: cupcakes. Griffin serves as head backer, Orakpo as lead cupcake decorator and lifelong friend “Little Bryan” Hynson handles the business side of the Austin, Texas-based bakery.
Executive produced by Strahan, The Cupcake Guys Training Camp, the football players-turned-bakers will help three aspiring entrepreneurs achieve their baking dreams. Provided with a baking truck and coaching from Rak, Griff and Little Bryan, each contestant will be tested on their baking and selling skills over a 48-hour period.
The last baker standing is awarded a seed money investment into their business.
Food Network will premiere The Cupcake Guys Training Camp on Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. ET/PT. The special will also be made available across Discovery’s nascent streaming service, Discovery+, the same day.
“The Cupcake Guys captivated us with their national commercial where the big guys donned pink aprons and decorated little cupcakes – and we’ve been wanting to get an inside look at their business ever since,” said Food Network president Courtney White in a statement. “These lifelong friends are funny and competitive and they bring all the talent, skill and dedication they had on the gridiron to the bakery every day.”
“I’ve known Rak and Griff a long time and love that they followed their passion from professional football to cupcakes,” added Strahan. “They, along with their best friend Bryan Hynson, are the perfect team to mentor new entrepreneurs and send them on the path to success – and they are hilarious.”
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The Maroon 5 frontman’s 222 Productions has most notably launched ‘Songland’ on NBC.
Adam Levine is doubling down on his producorial pursuits, signing an exclusive overall deal with Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Entertainment — one that will see the Maroon 5 frontman and his 222 Productions feeding both scripted and unscripted content for all platforms.
The singer-songwriter and multihyphenate, whose TV credits most significantly include a nine-year stint as a coach on NBC unscripted flagship The Voice, initially has already had some success as a producer. After founding 222 Productions in 2013, first with a first-look deal at NBC, Levine successfully launched singing competition Songland and YouTube series Sugar. With him, he brings 222 Productions president Josh Gummersall and vice president of development Jason Lautenschleger.
“Adam is that rare creative talent that excites audiences worldwide with everything he does,” said Wheelhouse chief creative officer and Wheelhouse Entertainment president Eric Wattenberg, who negotiated the deal alongside attorney Jeff Worob. “Beyond his musicianship, his commercial instincts are spot on, complementing Wheelhouse’s mission to help artists realize their entrepreneurial ambitions. We’re thrilled to be in business with Adam, Josh and Jason and can’t wait to get going on what 222 is already bringing to the table.”
In addition to creating and producing entertainment projects, joining Wheelhouse gives Levine and 222 access to the company’s brand and marketing arm, Wheelhouse Labs, as well as and Wheelhouse Partners — the company’s investment division, which claims to create lucrative entrepreneurial endeavors they may want to pursue. The latter has proved an enticing pitch for Wheelhouse’s nearly-three-year pursuit in making talent pacts, the latest being with With TikTok collective The Hype House.
“My team and I are excited to partner with Brent, Eric and the team at Wheelhouse to launch this new chapter for 222 Productions,” commented Levine.
Since departing The Voice in 2019, Levine haas launched a second season of Songland on NBC and released the first track from Maroon 5’s upcoming seventh studio album.
Levine and 222 Productions are repped by CAA.
There’s a “Home Improvement” reunion on the cards at History.
The network has issued a 10-episode order for an unscripted series called “Assembly Required” (working title) which will star Tim Allen and be hosted by Richard Karn.
“Assembly Required” is described as a competition series which is sounding the call for those with a can-do attitude to take back their sense of purpose and awaken their inner builder.
Its aim is to spotlight the best and brightest builders from across the country, at their home workshops, as they 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.
“Let’s face it, we’re living in a throwaway society,” said Allen in a statement. “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 – so I’ve created a show to remind people of the satisfaction and pride that comes from rebuilding something on their own. And who better to join me than my buddy from the old Tool Time days – Richard Karn! Now we’re talking More Power! Albert Einstein once said, ‘I’m not a genius, I’m just passionately curious.’ Well, let’s get curious! Even a chimpanzee would at least show interest, right? Wait – I think I just came up with another idea for the show! R-R-R!”
Allen and Karn will executive produce alongsice Brent Montgomery, Ed Simpson, Joe Weinstock, Will Nothacker, Simon Thomas, Vince Cariati and Katherine D. Fox. Eli Lehrer, Mary E. Donahue and Max Micallef serve as executive producers for History.
“Our history is defined by the innovations of ordinary dreamers creating extraordinary things, from Thomas Edison’s light bulb to the Wright brothers’ first flight,” said Lehrer, executive vice president and general manager of History. “We look forward to partnering with Tim and Richard, America’s beloved duo, as they challenge a new wave of skilled individuals to think out-of-the-box to build upon the innovations of those before them. We hope this series will inspire viewers to think twice about throwing out that old item, roll up their sleeves and rebuild it better.”
The show hails from Wheelhouse Entertainment’s Spoke Studios, ITV America and Boxing Cat Entertainment.
The actor who played Tool Time star Tim Taylor on the ABC sitcom for eight seasons, will be joined by his Home Improvement co-star Richard Karn in Assembly Required(w/t).
The ten-part series will spotlight the best and brightest builders from across the country, at their home workshops, as they 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 history around these items to celebrate the men and women who crafted them, and the techniques used.
The series is produced by Wheelhouse Entertainment’s Spoke Studios, ITV America and Boxing Cat Entertainment. Exec producers include Allen, Karn, Brent Montgomery, Ed Simpson, Joe Weinstock, Will Nothacker, Simon Thomas, Vince Cariati, Katherine D. Fox, Eli Lehrer, Mary E. Donahue and Max Micallef.
“We’re living in a throwaway society,” said Allen. “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 so I’ve created a show to remind people of the satisfaction and pride that comes from rebuilding something on their own. And who better to join me than my buddy from the old Tool Time days – Richard Karn.”
Rob Sharenow, President of Programming at A+E Networks, speaking about the show in a panel, moderated by Deadline, at the virtual Edinburgh International TV Festival, described the format as Forged In Fire for mechanical building.
Sharenow admitted that some of its long-running formats, which include Pawn Stars, Forged In Fire and American Pickers, may end soon, hence the search for new titles.
“I think we’ve had so many highly successful formats that we’ve grown a little fat on them and some of them could be sidled out and we need to replace some of those heavy hitters with new formats and that’s a big priority for us,” he said.
Sharenow added that it was also working on a core history format that explored the genre in a new way with talent. “Contemporizing the voice of history through these formats is something that I’m highly motivated to do,” he said.