‘Family Tools’ actor tries again

By Rick Bentley

The Fresno Bee


If nothing else, Kyle Bornheimer keeps swinging.

Since 2008, he’s starred in three network TV series: “Worst Week,” “Perfect Couples” and “Romantically Challenged.” None lasted more than 13 episodes, with “Romantically Challenged” getting axed after just three airings.

That hasn’t stop Bornheimer. He’s back in the ABC mid-season replacement “Family Tools.” In a bit of art imitating life, Bornheimer plays a man who’s failed at a variety of jobs. He returns home to take over the family hardware business. It debuts at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on ABC.

Bornheimer talks about his latest attempt to find success on network TV.

Q. What do you like about “Family Tools”?

A. I often think I’m the most reasonable person in the room until things go down and get serious, and then I’m the crazy person. So in this show, there’s a scene where I’m the straight person and I’m the reasonable one, and then one moment later I’m the one that’s making no sense and is nailing his foot to the deck. So the show gives me the range to do all that kind of stuff.

Q. Describe your character.

A. He’s optimistic for no reason, because he’s never had cause to think that he’s going to succeed in anything. When we meet him, he’s convinced this new adventure, which is taking over his dad’s business, is not only going to help him find himself, but he’s going to save him, his family and the business. As we know, I think, hopefully for eight or nine seasons, he will not find that.

Q. Is there an appeal to watching a guy who appears to be a loser?

A. I think that’s really fun to play because you can hit the reset button and commit fully, as opposed to being a neurotic who is shy about the next adventure. He’s right on board. He’s really going to nail it this time.

Q. How are your own handyman skills?

A. I’ve been trying to learn more. I feel like I didn’t cultivate that enough in my 20s and now I’m trying to learn. But it’s going to be a long, sad road.

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