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.
(With files from Barry Walsh)