Allen, now 67, and Karn, now 65, starred collectively within the hit comedy collection for eight seasons from 1991-1999. They performed Tim Taylor and Al Borland, respectively — hosts of the fictional tv collection “Device Time.”
Now, the pair are reuniting for a brand new actuality collection, “Meeting Required,” for the Historical past Channel, which is able to see them oversee contestants fixing up and refurbishing on a regular basis home items.
On the present’s TCA panel on Thursday, the co-stars mirrored on their on-screen chemistry.
“Once we began doing ‘Dwelling Enchancment,’ we had audiences watching ‘Device Time’ that hadn’t seen the present in any respect,” Kern recalled. “Our relationship type of occurred earlier than we knew what it was. We took our cues from viewers reactions to us, however we did not know there was something actually excellent about how we have been taking part in off one another.”
The actor added that he and Allen have been merely doing their job, however “the writers have been capable of watch that and lean into it and write for it.”
Kern additionally recalled Allen as soon as admitting that he’d “by no means be mates with Al” early of their time working collectively.
“We actually weren’t in the identical circle of friendship at that time, however they saved writing into it, leaning into it,” he added. “And as we acquired to know one another, I feel that relationship simply flowered.”
Allen then praised his co-star, calling him a “consummate skilled and a genuinely calm-hearted particular person” that helped him transition into the stay format of “Meeting Required.”
The “Final Man Standing” star stated that their relationship now could be similar to what it was throughout the “Dwelling Enchancment” days.
“That is essentially the most uncommon expertise,” stated the comic of filming a actuality present. “However [Karn] was capable of deliver it again down and be precisely like we have been at ‘Device Time.’ It is wonderful how that is an growth of that relationship.”
Reuniting after three a long time was a giant deal for the duo as nicely, although when Allen was growing the present, he “by no means” thought of involving Karn till somebody prompt he attain out and supply him a co-hosting gig.
“He jumped on the probability,” shared Allen. “It turned the 2 of us, type of a stay model of ‘Device Time,’ if you’ll.”
Allen additionally addressed whether or not he is actually a handyman himself, and whereas he stated he likes “taking stuff aside” and even has a store at his dwelling, there may be one dwelling enchancment challenge that all the time appears to stump him.
“Oddly sufficient, I am very confused about plumbing. I do not know what it’s about plumbing,” he admitted. “We simply had our large sink plug up and located a wad of one thing in there. … Plumbing is my large drawback.”
The star stated that his curiosity in handiness was a “pure factor” for him, as he adopted within the footsteps of his late father, a automotive fanatic.
“I’ve all the time liked store class, I’ve all the time preferred constructing stuff and I’ve all the time run round store academics who spend an inordinate period of time within the setup and clear up a part of it,” he shared.
One problem the duo confronted was filming amid the coronavirus pandemic, which they did remotely, filming from folks’s personal retailers. Nonetheless, it wasn’t all unhealthy because it seems.
“It was an unintended optimistic consequence, going to those peoples’ retailers,” Allen defined, noting that “all protocols have been saved in place.”
Karn added: “As a result of we have been compelled to do it in our separate house, you additionally notice across the nation that wi-fi and that skill to entry the surface world shouldn’t be as simple for everyone. I imply, colleges are discovering that out proper now. However we … typically needed to wait some time to make it possible for the wi-fi and the cameras and the whole lot, we’re feeding us again all the knowledge.”
He defined that seeing the tasks remotely earlier than seeing them in particular person resulted in “a bit of little bit of a disconnect” as they realized that contestants’ tasks have been extra intricate than they initially appeared.
Filming was an emotional expertise as nicely.
“It acquired fairly emotional. I am not a giant fan of judging artwork or motion pictures or something, and this was actually tough as a result of the curiosity and the dedication for these women and men was unbelievable,” Allen stated. “Nonetheless, we set the present as much as have a winner and it acquired very tough for me … to evaluate folks.”
“Meeting Required” begins airing on Feb. 23.