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Episodes: 10 (half-hour)
TV show dates: May 1, 2013 -- July 10, 2013
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
This sitcom follows Jack Shea (Kyle Bornheimer), a man who's had an incredibly streak of bad luck -- from enlisting in the Army to flunking out of seminary, three times. When he returns home, his father Tony (J.K. Simmons) suffers a heart attack and Jack must take over his dad's beloved handyman business.
Jack is eager to finally step up and make his father proud but his past career efforts have been less than stellar. Asa result, everyone seems to be waiting for him to fail. His new job isn't made any easier by Tony's rebellious, troublemaking assistant, Darren Poynton »
ABC held Family Tools until the end of the season which typically means they have little confidence in it. Will the sitcom surprise them and become a big ratings hit? Will it be quickly cancelled instead? We'll need to follow the numbers.
The first season of Family Tools typically airs Wednesday nights at 8:30pm and there are 10 episodes (cut from 13). The sitcom's cast includes Kyle Bornheimer, J.K. Simmons, Johnny Pemberton, Edi Gathegi, Danielle Nicolet, and Leah Remini.
Below are the TV show's ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if Family Tools is going to be cancelled or renewed for a second season.
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Final season averages: 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic with »
There’s a five or six year span somewhere around the late ’80s to early ’90s that has become known as a true Golden Age of sitcoms, and if the last two or three years can be said to have one absolute trend, it’s trying to update and recapture the formula that made those shows into the ratings behemoths they were. Not only are there interesting markers of public appeal like the fact that these Golden Age shows are becoming the staples of Nick-at-Nite and TV Land, but the surprisingly popular original programming on TV Land is clearly leading the way when it comes to this revival.
The bigger networks are adding their own efforts that, though decidedly updated in one way or another, aim to explore the possibilities still open by way of the general sensibilities and frameworks that worked so well for shows of the past. »
- Marc Eastman
Then Remini's mother weighed in.
"As opposed to me," Remini said, wryly. "He's real, he does drama."
Remini has made her career largely in comedy but her mom still can brag on her. Besides the 1998-2007 run opposite Kevin James in CBS' "King of Queens," Remini has worked steadily in a string of sitcoms including "Cheers" and "In the Motherhood." She was a co-host on "The Talk" for »
Family Tools debuted Wednesday at 8:30/7:30 (ABC) — will you make room for it on your workbench?
The comedy introduces the Shea family, whose patriarch Tony (The Closer‘s J.K. Simmons) suffers a heart attack and realizes he can no longer handle the family handyman business alone. One problem: The logical candidate, his son Jack (Perfect Couples‘ Kyle Bornheimer), is a chronic screw-up with a less-than-stellar career history. Everyone, naturally, is waiting for him to biff big-time in this latest pursuit.
- Kimberly Roots
The blueprint: Assemble familiar character actors into an on-screen family, then nail it to one of the last new series of the television season.
Premiering Wednesday, May 1, the ABC sitcom "Family Tools" revolves around a passing of the torch as a heart attack forces veteran handyman Tony (J.K. Simmons, "The Closer") to turn his business over to his ne'er-do-well son Jack (Kyle Bornheimer, "She's Out of My League"). Though his aunt Terry (Leah Remini, "The King of Queens") offers Jack encouragement, he has much to prove as he sets out to move the family trade forward.
"Family Tools" is based on the British show "White Van Man." Writer-producer Bobby Bowman ("Raising Hope") did the Americanization and defines that title term as a "sort of fix-it guy. The direct translation would be 'jack-of-all-trades'; that's why I named (the central character) Jack. The British version was Ollie. I don't know any Ollies. »
You know what we really don’t need? Another TV show about a wayward late 20s to early 30s-something who moves back home to live with his or her family. From the short-lived Ben & Kate to the cancelled $h*t My Dad Says, plenty of recent series have tried to mine the now-hackneyed “big kid moves back home to grow up” premise but few have managed to do it successfully (though ABC’s How to Live With Your Parents For the Rest of Your Life — which has the benefit of a Modern Family lead-in — has fared okay so far). Now, »
- Nuzhat Naoreen
Poor Kyle Bornheimer. He’s rifled through failed sitcoms on so many different networks he’s actually begun to recycle. So after his last ABC stop in “Romantically Challenged,” he’s back in “Family Tools,” a series so uninspired even the network appears pretty blase about it, starting with its late-spring, not-even-after-”Modern Family” timeslot. Adapted from a U.K. series, it’s a familiar story about a screw-up son who takes over the family business, enduring the usual wacky relatives, crazy clients and little indignities. Oh, and that handyman business he’s inherited? Do they moonlight tinkering on scripts?
Actually, that’s not an entirely fair criticism. Produced by “That ’70s Show” alums, “Tools” isn’t completely broken, from an execution standpoint, and the cast — including J.K. Simmons as the gruff dad and Leah Remini as the aunt who sneakily lures the protagonist back home — is superior to the material. »
- Brian Lowry
8 items from 2013
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