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'Kung Fu' just borrows the old show's name to kick off a CW-style drama

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The latest batch of TV reboots haven't had much in common with the source beyond the name, and so it is with "Kung Fu," which -- like the recent "Walker" -- CW-izes a familiar TV property in a mostly unrecognizable way.

The timing certainly feels welcome for a series that focuses on an Asian-American family, one with a lot of conventional problems to go with the more fantastic ones -- locating the villain who stole the aforementioned sword foremost among the latter.

Informed by a "Modern Family" vibe, "Home Economics" -- which also happens to be set in the Bay Area -- focuses on three grown siblings, two of whom (played by Grace and Caitlin McGee) are strapped for cash, while their younger brother (Jimmy Tatro) is awash in tech bucks, living in a house he bought from Matt Damon (yes, that Matt Damon) with a dazzling view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

"Kung Fu" and "Home Economics" premiere April 7 at 8 p. m. and 8:30 p. m. ET, respectively, on CW and ABC.

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