The broadcast networks plan to introduce more than 20 new shows this fall and TV critic Chuck Barney and Assistant Features Editor Ardua Harris have been checking out early versions of the pilot episodes. Full reviews will be forthcoming, but for now, they're making some snap judgments:
The show: "The Neighbors" (ABC)
Airs: 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays (Premiere date TBA)
What's it about: Meet the new neighbors, who just happen to be aliens. An average American couple (Jami Gertz, Lenny Venito) move into a suburban enclave populated with visitors from the planet Zabvron. The aliens speak in British accents and name their children after sports stars.
He says: Ugh. Seems like ABC is always trying to sneak one of these broad, gimmicky comedies onto the schedule (See: "Work It," "Cavemen," etc.). It's more weird than funny. Even Mork would be horrified.
She says: "Modern Family" has nothing to worry about.