'The Neighbors' slotted after 'Modern Family' in ABC's fall lineup

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ABC obviously has high hopes for its alien comedy "The Neighbors," slating it to follow the network's golden goose "Modern Family" at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays this fall.

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. And hilarity ensues -- hopefully.

Check out the preview and let us know what you think.
Photo/Video credit: ABC