Move over Modern Family, you’ve got some new neighbors on the ABC block — and their boxes are packed with dysfunction. Family Tools premieres tonight at 8:30 and we’ve got all details on the how the half-hour sitcom is hoping to nail a lot of laughs as a part of ABC’s Wednesday comedy line-up.
The spring series follows Tony (J.K. Simmons), a handyman and business owner who is living with his sister (Remini) and her dopey yet loveable son (Johnny Pemberton). When Tony has a heart attack, he’s forced to pass his beloved business over to his kind-hearted screw-up of a son Jack (Kyle Bornheimer), who then moves back home to live with all of them.
Series star Leah Remini tells Hollywood.com that the Sheas/McCormicks aren’t the average nuclear family living together under one roof, but that’s what she loves most about Family Tools. “It’s about family — loving your family and fighting with your family. Each one is different but it’s all about the love and keeping it together,” she tells us. “[Family Tools] has dynamics that anybody can recognize, like, ‘Oh, I have that kind of relationship with my brother, my aunt, or my mom.’ I think it’s getting back to those traditional family dynamics — no matter what the combination is.”
Remini promises that Family Tools is a perfect show for the entire family to sit down and watch together. “So much of television today I couldn’t really watch with my daughter. It’s a little bit pushing the envelope and … these are conversations I don’t want to have with my 8-year-old right now,” she says. “I think people want to laugh; they want to sit down with their family and laugh… That’s what is different about [Family Tools]. It’s all about the connection to the family and how the family stays together and works together — well, tries to work together.”
Don’t miss the series premiere of Family Tools on Wednesday, May 1 at 8:30 PM on ABC.
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