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Order For ABC’s Midseason Comedy Family Tools Cut To 10 Episodes

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Remember my review for Family Tools?  Well, ABC just cut its original order of 13 episodes down to 10. Citing scheduling reasons and not bad writing and plot, the network has already replaced the showrunner. Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimiglia will replace Bobby Bowman, who developed the adaptation of the British comedy White Van Man and wrote the pilot.

This show was far better than The Neighbors, if one can compare the two (it’s like comparing a rotten apple with a rotten orange). I’m surprised this didn’t get a full-season pick-up like The Neighbors, considering how bad they both are and ABC’s skewed vision of what comedy is.

Slated to premiere in January during the 8:30 p.m. slot on Tuesday nights, Family Tools was cut to 10 episodes after conflicts appeared with scheduling, Deadline.com reports. The midseason comedy is meant to air on Tuesday nights until the return of Dancing With The Stars, which will premiere its 16th season following Sean Lowe’s run on The Bachelor.

ABC estimated they only need Family Tools for 10 weeks before DWTS comes back. Since the show has already completed its 13-episode order, they’ll have to find a way to revamp it.

Family Tools centers on the story of Jack Shea (Kyle Bornheimer), who inherits his father’s (J.K. Simmons) handyman business after he has a heart attack. Edi Gathegi, Danielle Nicolet, Leah Remini and Johnny Pemberton co-star.

K. L. Connie Wang is a member of the Television Critics Association who’s been published in The Orlando Sentinel, Campus Circle and Latina Bride magazine, as well as such websites as Parade Magazine, TV Fodder, and The Travel Channel. An avid reader, Connie is a huge fan of monthly serial romance novels and Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series. Other interests include shopping (especially when it comes to finding the best bargain!), food (eating, cooking, watching food shows, and eating again), books, online gaming, and traveling when her income affords it. Follow Connie on Twitter at @BeTheBuddha.

K.L. Connie Wang has written posts on Reel Life With Jane.


  1. I’m still hoping the Animal Practice cancellation is some sort of bad nightmare. Loved that show.

  2. Joanna Garcia-Swisher, who played Dororthy on Animal Practice, just announced she was pregnant with her first child… :o)

  3. They did complete 13 episodes, but will only air 10 because of scheduling conflicts.

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