9 items from 2012
This new sitcom, The Neighbors, has a such a silly premise that you can't help but shake your head. It seems destined to get slammed in the ratings and cancelled immediately. How did this show get a greenlight? It seems like such an obvious bomb. Is it possible that there's more to it than meets the eye?
The Neighbors revolves around a family who move to a beautiful gated community in New Jersey. It seems like a dream come true -- until they discover that all of their neighbors are actually aliens from outer space. The sitcom's cast includes Lenny Venito, Jami Gertz, Clara Mamet, Max Charles, Isabella Cramp, Simon Templeman, Toks Olagundoye, Ian Patrick, and Tim Jo.
Here's what some of the critics have to say:
La Times: "Whatever conflict the scripts hopefully mine for hilarity — and this being a »
ABC's newest sitcom, The Neighbors, must have the strangest premise of the season. Will the gamble be rewarded by big ratings? Will the TV series be quickly cancelled or will it be the surprise hit of the season?
The Neighbors revolves around a family that moves into a quiet gated area in New Jersey; Hidden Hills. They later learn that the other residents are all aliens from another planet. Strangely enough, the family decides that there's still a lot to like about their new community and neighbors.
Before you give us your opinion of the show below, here are a few previews: »
Chicago – And the award for the worst new show of the season goes to…drum roll please…while “Guys with Kids,” “Partners,” and “The Mob Doctor” put up a Hell of a fight, “The Neighbors” wins in a landslide. This dated, cliched, unfunny, grating, horrendous program is so bad that it makes one assume that blackmail must have been involved in its scheduling because one can’t believe that anyone looked at this and thought it should be funded enough to get on the air for creative reasons.
Television Rating: 0.5/5.0
We’ve all thought that our neighbors may be from another planet. There are houses on my street right now that I wouldn’t enter on a dare. Playing off the idea that we don’t know the dark secrets that the suburbs hide have been the basis for great fiction in the past including a diverse array of product »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Terry O'Quinn as Gavin Doran in "666 Park Avenue" (ABC/Andrew Eccles)
ABC‘s slate of new shows for fall has a strange flavor to it, and it’s going to be a bumpy ride. The network has about as many new shows as returning ones (if you count all the midseasons), and a good percentage of the returning offerings are a year old or less, making this look a bit like a rebuilding year.
Not only is it a rebuilding year, but it’s the year of bringing back every actor and actress who ever had a decent run on a show before. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a network’s new season slate that was so crammed with people returning from something else. If you can’t make it good, I suppose, make sure viewers recognize the faces.
It’s tricky to get a solid feel »
- Marc Eastman
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the third one announced. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on ABC.
An odd year for the once mighty juggernaut which can still pack 'em in. It had surprise success stories with "Once Upon a Time" and "Revenge", the latter becoming an unexpected international hit, and several shows have gotten renewals despite more modest numbers. Still, with it battling with NBC for the third and fourth position overall, the network has to introduce ten shows over the course of the season in the hope of getting a few stickers.
Several other pilots didn't make the final cut and won't be seen include the fashion label dynasty soap "Americana", ABC's update of the 90's "Beauty and the Beast" TV series, the Roland Emmerich-produced thriller "Dark Horse", the »
- Garth Franklin
Yesterday was ABC‘s turn for upfront presentations, which meant that yesterday morning the network released its fall schedule and more detailed information about its new 2012-2013 series. We’ve been watching the development of 666 Park Avenue starring Terry O’Quinn for some time now, and had been keeping an eye on the alien comedy The Neighbors, but we got a wonderful surprise today when we saw the full description of midseason (meaning 2013) series Zero Hour starring Anthony Edwards.
We had been told that he played a skeptic whose wife gets abducted, but happily, as we found today, he is a “confessed paranormal junkie” and that he will be running ”a breathless race against the clock to find his wife and save humanity.” Ooo, save humanity! It’s also said to be a DaVinci Code-type hunt with ancient clues. What sealed it for me was the trailer, which we have for you. »
- Erin Willard
Aliens may not seem like the obvious choice for a comedy premise in 2012, but the trailer is just so different from all of the other new shows being trotted out this week by the networks that it definitely deserves a look.
Here's the deal: Debbie (Jami Gertz) and Marty Weaver (Lenny Venito) recently moved with their three kids to Hidden Hills, an exclusive New Jersey community that hasn't had a house come on the market in 10 years. And the neighbors are ... a little odd. They all have pro-athlete names like Reggie Jackson (Tim Jo), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye), Dick Butkis (Ian Patrick) and Larry Bird (Simon Templeman). Pretty soon, though, the secret's out, and the Weavers learn that the whole community is made up of aliens. »
The Neighbors: First Look at ABC's New Alien Family Comedy
ABC seems to be putting an old spin on the family comedy with The Neighbors, a new series about a townhouse community that happens to be populated by very strange people.
Meet the Weaver family, headed by Debbie (Jami Gertz) and Marty (Lenny Venito). In hopes of providing a better life for his family, Marty managed to buy a home in Hidden Hills, a community in New Jersey.
But the Weavers soon realize that their neighbors aren’t exactly normal. All of them have strange pro-athlete names, like Reggie Jackson (Tim Jo), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye), Dick Butkis (Ian Patrick) and Larry Bird (Simon Templeman). Their social skills are non-existent and, as the Weavers discover, they don’t eat, they receive nourishment through their eyes by reading books.
In other words, the Weavers’ neighbors are aliens from a planet called Zabvron. »
Chicago – After an incredibly successful 2011-2012 season, ABC is doing something of a victory lap by not changing much of what worked about a season that saw the network create a number of new hits, including “Revenge,” “Once Upon a Time,” and “Suburgatory.” They will premiere four new shows in the Fall with a few exciting offerings being held for mid-season. “Last Man Standing” and “Body of Proof” will also wait until January.
Much of the ABC schedule for Fall 2012 will look the same as Spring 2012. “Dancing with the Stars,” “Castle,” “The Middle,” “Suburgatory,” “Modern Family,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “20/20” — they’re stayiing exactly where they are. In big movement news, Sundays have been tinkered with again with two of their most interesting sophomore series — “Once Upon a Time” and “Revenge” — moving to the night and leading in to a new series. The network is also playing with Tuesday nights, moving »
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9 items from 2012
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