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‘Family Tools’ is a not-so-noble failure

Why, on so many levels; why? It seems tragic that, given the number of comedy writers out there, ABC didn’t come up with a stronger vehicle than “Family Tools.” The show, which premieres Wednesday night at 8:30 on Channel 5, is just another set of prefab sitcom tropes pasted together with cheap jokes. The ensemble, led by Leah Remini and J.K. Simmons, has as much chemistry as an organic farm.

Maybe ABC and the other networks think viewers don’t want smarter shows, but then the success of more carefully crafted comedies such as “Modern Family,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “Archer” disproves that. Good does not always equal noble failure.

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