The Neighbors Preview: Not a Joke!

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Last year, it was Work It, as ABC aired a comedy that led to viewers laughing at the actions on screen, as opposed to with.

This season, following the buzz reel that played at yesterday's Upfront in NYC, it's hard not to wonder if the same fate will befall The Neighbors.

This quirky sitcom features Jami Gertz and Lenny Venito at the Weavers, a married couple with three kids who move to a gated New Jersey community, only to learn that those around them are aliens. Really. That's the premise.

Watch the following trailer to see if you'll be tuning in Tuesday nights a 9:30:

Elsewhere, in ABC fare that actually piques our interest:

  • 666 Park Avenue will feature Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams as the owners of a scary apartment complex in New York.
  • Last Resort takes Shawn Ryan and Andre Braugher undersea, as a nuclear submarine establishes its own rogue nation.
  • Nashville stars Connie Britton. What else do we even need to say?

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What a terrible trailer! But despite that I think The Neighbors will be worth a try. For one thing the alien comedy angle hasn’t been overdone yet. The only sit-coms I can think of are 3rd Rock from the Sun and ALF. Plus it’ll be recorded automatically anyway, along with the rest of my PrimeTime Anytime recordings. Not to mention my DVR has the Auto Hop feature that lets me skip the commercials on those recordings automatically. It’s just one more reason to be grateful that a coworker at Dish talked me into getting a Hooper because without those commercials I can squeeze a few more shows into my schedule.


So let me get this straight. ABC canceled Pan Am, GCB, Missing, and The River for THIS?!?!?!?!? You have got to be kidding me ABC. WHY don;t tv networks realize people watch EVERYTHING online now and they cant depend on tv ratings and views anymore, start counting your viewers online and dont forget the ones who watch it streaming online just to avoid the ads on your online players and hulu, srsly so many great shows gone because of this stupid dependency on tv viewers, when obviously many shows have huge online fanbases.


Wasn't ABC's The Gates based on a similar premise? A normal family moves into a gated community of supernatural beings. Yeah, that didn't go so well. However, it is nice to see Jami Gertz back on tv, even if it isn't going to be long.


looks terrible ....


WTF was that?

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