ABC's Summer Press Tour: The Neighbors

  • By Jim Donnelly

The cast and creators of The Neighbors were in Beverly Hills talking about their exciting new show. Here’s the scoop! 

One quick note about scheduling for The Neighbors: The season premiere is WEDNESDAY SEPT 26 9:30|8:30c, but the show's regular time slot will be WEDNESDAYS 8:30|7:30c. Now, on to the news...

Jami Gertz feels it’s a grind to do a show now that she has three kids in real life, but she loves it. She says if it’s not on the page, it’s not on the stage. It gives her joy to make people laugh. Also, Jami is not allowed to cheer anymore at her kids’ games, so she felt it was time to go back to work. She joked that she believes the Larry character has a vagina, so she doesn’t know how they’re going to explain that on the show.

We learned that Clara Mamet is the daughter of famed playwright David Mamet. Executive Producer Dan Fogelman didn’t put it together that she was the offspring of such a well-known personality until they'd already decided to cast her. Jami let the room know that Clara got the job on her own through hard work.

Simon Templeman believes his character is struggling to keep up because he’s pretty set in his ways.

Executive Producer Dan Fogelman visited his mom’s gated community in Jersey. It made him wonder what it would be like if mom lived amongst aliens. His own family was "endearingly dysfunctional."

The show needs to get permission to use the names of real athletes. According to Executive Producer Chris Koch, Larry Bird’s name was originally going to be Wilt.

Well-known actor/contortionist Doug Jones appears in the pilot and will return in future episodes.

In the show, the humans will learn more about sharing the emotional, spiritual connection exhibited by their new neighbors, who will also learn new things like how cool it is to kiss.

There’s a chance that a rival alien will come onto the scene eventually and in Season 8 they may even go to another planet. Cool!

The cast and crew want to make a show that adults will appreciate, but kids will enjoy. Judging by what we saw here today, it looks like they’re well on their way!


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