Report: Order for ABC's Mid-season 'Family Tools' Reduced By 3 Episodes

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November 10th, 2012

The order for mid-season ABC comedy Family Tools has been cut from 13 episodes to 10 according to a report from Deadline.

  • Baqinardo

    At first from the title from Twitter i thought it’s cut from 13 to 3 episodes.
    Oh god, i need to practice more English. Haha.

  • Oliver

    Wonder if they were waiting for the ratings of the TGIF shows before announcing this.

  • Dan

    Smart move ABC doesn’t need extra episodes not airing. Look at Apartment 23, its just extra episodes for the shows second season. How to Live With Your Parents still has 13 episodes but My guess is it will either replace Apartment 23 or The Neighbors. Since Apartment 23 has 19 eps and Happy Endings has 22 it makes sense.

  • Dan

    @Oliver – the numbers for the Friday comedies will have no effect on the new ABC midseason shows. If LMS and Malibu County get full seasons they will air fridays the whole season. The midseason shows will air January-March between dance cycles

  • Riff

    Not the end of the world, as the pilot was extremely poorly-written. (Not that the writer is on the show anymore. But then replacing him with the guys who brought you “The Grubbs” isn’t exactly what one would consider an upgrade.)

    Still, kind of crappy to cut them at the very last minute so they get left with scripts in hand and can’t even do a season finale.

  • Oliver


    ABC could have easily changed their mid-season schedule. It could have replaced Malibu Country had it flopped, or they could have paired it with The Neighbors at 9 on Friday.

  • CrimTV

    I really hope ABC announce their Mid-season schedule soon so I can find out when How to Live With Your Parents will premiere! I’m so excited for it and I have loved everything Sarah Chalke has starred in as a main actress or guest (How I Met Your Mother, Cougar Town, Mad Love and of course SCRUBS).

    I also thought it meant it had been reduced to 3 episodes.

  • Jamie


    According to Deadline, it premieres in January and will lead the evening.

  • CrimTV


    Yeah I knew they were planning to air it on Tuesday between the cycles of DWTS but judging on the performance of Happy Endings and Apartment 23 on Tuesdays I was hoping The Neighbors would bomb so that they could air it on Wednesday to give it a better chance, ah well

  • Jamie


    They’re a little hard to predict this season. Too many mid-season slots to fill!

  • alffan

    What ABC should do is very simply

    7:00 AFHV
    8:00 Once Upon A Time
    9:00 Revenge
    10:00 Scandal

    8:00 The Bachelor
    10:00 Castle

    Tue (lineup of all familiar shows)
    8:00 Surburgatory
    8:30 The Neighbors
    9:00 Happy Endings
    9:30 Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23
    10:00 Body Of Proof

    Wed (give new shows a lead in and sample)
    8:00 The Middle
    8:30 Family Tools
    9:00 Modern Family
    9:30 How To Live With Your Parents
    10:00 Nashville

    8:00 Shark Tank
    9:00 Grey’s Anatomy
    10:00 Mistresses

    8:00 Last Man Standing
    8:30 Malibu Country
    9:00 Wipeout
    10:00 20/20

  • tv#1

    A Possible ABC January-March Tuesday/Wednesday night Schedule…

    The Neighbors
    The Family Tools
    Happy Endings
    Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23

    The Middle
    Modern Family
    How to Live with your Parents (for the rest of your life)

  • CrimTV


    I love that schedule

  • Dan S

    Deadline reported that HTLWYP & FT will air from 8-9pm on Tues starting in Jan. I agree that it would’ve been better to move The Neigbors over from Wed & premiere 1 of their new shows on Wed after The Middle.

  • iggy agrimotor

    Why don’t we just stick to what ABC announced.

  • r0ckmypants

    @alffan – Your schedule is a little too “simply” because you left off quite a few shows: Zero Hour, Red Widow, Wife Swap, and Nightline (which was given the 9:00pm Friday slot beginning March 1 over the summer).

    I would have also preferred tv#1’s schedule.

  • Dan

    @Oliver – Originally I figured that FT and HTLWYP would replace MC and/or The Neighbors should one or both of them have flopped but Since both look to be sticking around for full seasons it seems that ABC will stick to their original plan of airing both in their scheduled slots. Last season ABC had Cougar Town and Apartment 23 scheduled for Tuesdays but ended up postponing their return dates because they needed the shows to replace low rated comedies.

  • Babygate

    Abc’s Wednesday lineup is perfect as is. I don’t understand why people want Neighbors cancelled. While the name and the premise are not the best, it actually is a pretty funny show. Much better than the horrific Apt. 23. And I’ve seen the first two epis of Family Tools and I have to say that the only show worst than that was Work It. ABC should send it to Saturdays where it can’t hurt any other show.

  • Ultima

    I really hope ABC announce their Mid-season schedule soon so I can find out when How to Live With Your Parents will premiere!

    It will likely premiere 8 January; ABC typically airs a full schedule with their DWTS replacements the first full week of January.

  • Dan

    They will likely announce their midseason schedule once they make a decision on their bubble shows but January 8 seems likely. My guess is within the next two weeks ABC will give full seasons to Nashville and Malibu County, additional episodes for Last Resort and cancel 666 Park Avenue

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