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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Hits New All-Time Low, ‘American Baking Competition’ Steady, ‘Family Tools’ Falls To Season Low

By | Thursday July 4, 2013 @ 10:03am PDT

There really wasn’t a lot new on TV on the eve of the July 4th holiday but the ratings for what was on weren’t pretty. Cratering 25% from the 2.2/7 of its Season 15 debut last week, Big Brother (1.6/6) hit a new series low on Wednesday. Vexed off air by recent controversy from online homophobic and racist comments by this season’s contestants, BB’s results last night saw a two tenths drop from the previous tied low of 1.8/5 that veteran reality show had achieved just the day before on July 2. The 8 PM live elimination BB was the highest rated and most watched show of the night with 5.35 million viewers. An America’s Got Talent (1.1/4) repeat on NBC from 8 PM to 10 PM was the second most watched show on Wednesday. The third most watched show of the night was The American Baking Competition (1.2/4) at 9 PM. The Jeff Foxworthy-hosted show drew 4.67 million viewers. Despite the fall of its BB lead-in, the durable reality show stayed steady among the key demo for the fourth week in a row. CBS ended the night with a CSI (0.9/3) encore, which was the fourth most watched show of the night with 4.63 million tuning in. Really the only network with a block of original shows on Wednesday, CBS won the night among adults 18-49 and in total viewers with 4.887 million watching.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef’ Wins Night For Fox, ‘American Baking Competition’ Even, ‘Dateline’ Ties Low

By | Thursday June 6, 2013 @ 9:04am PDT

As broadcasters ease into summer, Wednesday once again saw a whole lot of cooking on TV. On Gordon Ramsay’s two-hour MasterChef (2.2/7) on Fox, variety seemed to be the spice of the night. In the first hour, the 18 remaining contestants competed as teams cooking a well-balanced meal for 300 picky elementary school students and a cheesecake challenge that saw one hopeful sent home. Then for its second hour MasterChef took the 17 cooks back to the kitchen to work against host Ramsay himself from the ingredients of a mystery box. Of course Ramsay didn’t break a sweat as the cooks went into a frenzy and whipped together his meal in half the allocated time. In the end, it was all about cupcakes and one more cook was sent home. Last summer cycle, MasterChef was the only unscripted show to grow year over year. This season, while down in its debut, the ratings have remained pretty solid for Ramsay’s crew. While even with last week’s fast nationals, the third week of Season 4 of MasterChef saw the show dip 4% from the final numbers for its May 29 show. That 4% figure was also the same amount that TV usage was down among Adults 18-49 last night from 8 PM to 10 PM. The highest-rated and the second most watched show of the night after CBS’ CSI repeat, MasterChef won Wednesday for … Read More »

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ABC’s ‘Family Tools’ Officially Cancelled

By | Saturday May 11, 2013 @ 6:04pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Amidst the flurry of cancellations yesterday, one show seemingly escaped the axe, ABC‘s midseason comedy Family Tools. It was more of a stay of execution, and I’ve learned that the low-rated recent addition is now officially cancelled too, joining the other ABC series that were notified of their demise last night, How To Live With Your Parents, Body Of Proof, Red Widow, Malibu Country. There you have it.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Falls To New Low, ‘Family Tools’ Debuts Soft, ‘Survivor’ & ‘CSI’ Hit Series Lows, ‘How To Live With Your Parents’ Up

By | Thursday May 2, 2013 @ 9:05am PDT

The May sweep stepped it up a notch last night with American Idol (2.8/8), The Voice (1.6/5) and Survivor: Caramoan (2.3/7) going head-to-head-to-head. While not the first time Idol and The Voice have faced off directly (they overlapped on April 27, 2011), and the NBC show a season-so-far recap, it was their debut matchup this season. With Harry Connick Jr joining as guest mentor and a “you’re a superstar” shout-out to contestant Amber Holcomb from judge Nicki Minaj, Wednesday’s American Idol fell 13% from last week’s fast nationals and 15% from April 24’s final numbers to hit an all-time Wednesday low. Still, Idol still was the most watched show of the night with 11.08 million viewers, and Fox took Wednesday in the adults 18-49 demographic and total viewers with 11.075 watching on a night when usage slipped 4% in the demo.

In its first Wednesday broadcast of the sweep, The Voice: The Road To Live show was essentially a greatest clips of the show’s fourth season so far. A lead-in and perpetual tease to next week’s three nights of live shows, the one-hour episode was up 19% from the 1.3/4 that Dateline received in the same time slot April 24. With The Voice recap show as a lead-in, Law & Order: SVU (1.5/4) saw a drop of 21% from last week. Following at 10 PM, Chicago Fire (1.7/5) bopped up 6% from its last new show April 3. Read More »

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Leah Remini Sued By Former Managers Over ‘Family Tools’ Fees

By | Tuesday December 18, 2012 @ 3:02pm PST

Leah Remini has been sued today by her ex-mangers over commissions from her upcoming ABC Family Tools sitcom. The mid-season replacement doesn’t even debut until next month but in their complaint (read it here) management company The Collective say they want what is due to them from the actress – and they are naming very precise figures. “Notwithstanding Plaintiff’s counsel in furthering Remini’s career, which among other things, led to her landing a role in the ABC television series Family Tools, Remini refuses to pay Plaintiff for its services in direct breach of the talent management agreement entered into between Plaintiff and Remini. Remini’s behavior will not be tolerated,” says the complaint filed Tuesday in LA Superior Court. After being represented by The Collective for just under a year, Remini fired them as her managers on October 26 of this year. While they might not have been happy about that, they are really not happy about being out tens of thousands in commissions for the ABC show. There is now due and owing the past-due sum of $67,000 for said commissions owed to Plaintiff by Remini and/or LMR. The $67,000 in commissions is calculated as follows: $l million in compensation received by Remini [$100,000 per episodes x l0 episodes = $l Million) minus the $330.000 hold fee from the Talent Holding Agreement = $670,000 … Read More »

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ABC’s Midseason Schedule: ‘Family Tools’ & ‘How To Live’ On Wednesday, ‘Red Widow’ On Sunday, ‘Zero Hour’ On Thursday

Nellie Andreeva

ABC is overhauling its schedule for midseason with changes on four nights. New comedies Family Tools and How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life) will join the network’s Wednesday comedy block, with ABC’s Tuesday comedy block going away. New drama Red Widow will succeed 666 Park Ave on Sunday. ABC is replacing now-defunct freshman Last Resort with another male-skewing new drama in the challenging Thursday 8 PM slot, Zero Hour. And, following the end of Private Practice, the revamped Body of Proof will return to its Tuesday 10 PM slot.  Read More »

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

By | Saturday November 10, 2012 @ 10:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: ABC has cut the order of midseason comedy series Family Tools from 13 to 10 episodes. Sources close to the network say that the decision was made for scheduling reasons as Family Tools in slated to premiere in January and air Tuesdays at 8:30 PM, bridging the two cycles of Dancing With the Stars. ABC brass estimated they only need the comedy for 10 weeks before Dancing comes back. Family Tools‘ companion in the Tuesday 8 PM hour will be fellow midseason comedy How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life). The 20th TV series started production early and has already completed its 13-episode order. It is unclear what ABC will do with the 3 extra episodes.

Meanwhile, ABC Studios-produced Family Tools started filming later, in part because of a showrunner change in August when veterans Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimiglia were brought in to replace Bobby Bowman, who developed the adaptation of the British comedy White Van Man and wrote the pilot. There had been rumors about issues on the set of the show, though ABC brass seem pleased with what they’ve seen.

Family Tools centers on Jack Shea (Kyle Bornheimer) who inherits his father’s (J.K. Simmons) handyman business after he has a heart attack. Co-starring on the show, slated to launch in January, are Edi Gathegi, Danielle Nicolet, Leah Remini and Johnny Pemberton. Sternin and Ventimiglia executive produce alongside Mark Gordon, Andrea … Read More »

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Leah Remini On ‘Family Tools’: TCA

By | Friday July 27, 2012 @ 5:00pm PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Last August, Leah Remini’s name was in the news as she was ousted from CBS daytime’s The Talk along with Holly Robinson Peete. Now she’s at ABC in the new comedy Family Tools. And at today’s TCA panel on the comedy, she was relentlessly upbeat about the change.

“I do believe things happen for a reason, it’s a blessing”, she said. “I started at ABC in 1989 with Living Dolls. My mother said: ‘What part are you playing?’ Yeah”, she cracked. “But it is a blessing to be here, I love being back at ABC, I’d like to stay here and get comfortable”.

Remini seems determined to deflect any negatives and called her ouster from the daytime talk program “a learning experience”. After the session, she acknowledged that in hindsight “there were a lot of things I wish I didn’t say, but it’s live television”. As far as regrets go, she added: “It’s the relationships. It’s not just a job, it’s about the relationships”.

Related: Producer Claudia Lonow On ABC’s ‘How To Live With Your Parents’

But back to the show. Remini was joined on the panel by co-stars Johnny Pemberton, J.K. Simmons, Kyle Bornheimer, Edi Gathegi and Danielle Nicolet, as well as executive producer Bobby Bowman. Bowman was asked to explain the genesis of the show’s title and how it will differ from the British series it is based on, White Van Man.

“It’s had more than three titles,” Bowman said. He said at first they thought of maintaining the title but “van man,” which means “fix-it guy,” is not an American expression. Then they considered “jack-of-all-trades,” but eventually landed on Family Tools.

Related: ‘Malibu Country’s Kevin Abbott: In Defense Of Multi-Camera Comedy: TCA Read More »

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Vijal Patel Inks Overal Deal With ABC Studios, Joins New Comedy ‘Family Tools’

By | Wednesday May 30, 2012 @ 9:03am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Vijal Patel Family ToolsEXCLUSIVE: Comedy writer-producer Vijal Patel has signed a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios. Under the seven-figure pact, he will join ABC Studios’ new comedy series for ABC Family Tools as a co-executive producer. Patel, repped by APA and attorney Bruce Gellman, spent the last three seasons on the ABC/Warner Bros TV comedy series The Middle, most recently as a supervising producer. His series credits also include the Fox sitcom ‘Til Death.

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