ABC’s 2012-13 Slate: Alien Comedy ‘The Neighbors’ Gets Slot After ‘Modern Family’

Network adding Friday comedy block that will compete with NBC's

Last Updated: May 15, 2012 @ 9:16 AM

The new alien comedy "The Neighbors" will follow "Modern Family" on ABC in the fall, to be followed by the Connie Britton drama "Nashville," the network announced Tuesday as it released its 2012-13 lineup.

The network's 10 new series — “666 Park Avenue,” “The Family Tools,” “How to Live with your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life),” “Last Resort,” “Malibu Country,” “Mistresses,” “Nashville,” “The Neighbors,” “Red Widow” and “Zero Hour” — will be split between fall and midseason.

On Sunday, "Revenge" will replace the departed "Desperate Housewives" at 9, and will be followed by the new supernatural drama "666 Park Avenue." Mondays will continue to feature "Dancing With the Stars" or "The Bachelor," followed by "Castle."

"Happy Endings" and "Don't Trust the B—- in Apt. 23," will move to Tuesday nights, where they will be joined in January by the new comedies "How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)” and “The Family Tools.” Beginning in November, ABC will move Tim Allen's Tuesday night comedy "Last Man Standing" to Fridays, where it will be paired with Reba McEntire's "Malibu Country." (The shows will face off in the 8 o'clock hour with a new Friday NBC comedy block pairing "Whitney" and "Community.")

ABC will launch the nuclear submarine drama "The Last Resort" on Thursdays to kick off three hours of drama including "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal."

The timeslot after "Modern Family" suggests ABC has especially high hopes for "The Neighbors," starring Jami Gertz and Lenny Venito as a couple who move into a New Jersey gated community only to find that their neighbors are aliens. It is written by Dan Fogelman (“Cars,” “Tangled,” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love”).

"Nashville," meanwhile, finds Britton (pictured) playing a country singer trying to steal back the spotlight from up-and-comer Hayden Panettiere. It comes from "Thelma & Louise" writer Callie Khouri. 

Here's the schedule, with new shows in bold:


8 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars”

10 p.m. “Castle”

In January:

8 p.m. “The Bachelor”

10 p.m. "Castle"


8 p.m. "Dancing With the Stars" results show

9 p.m. "Happy Endings"

9:30 p.m. “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23”

10 p.m. "Private Practice"

In January:

8 p.m.: "How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)"

8:30 p.m. "The Family Tools"


8 p.m. "The Middle"

8:30 p.m. "Suburgatory"

9 p.m. "Modern Family"

9:30 p.m. "The Neighbors"

10 p.m. "Nashville"


8 p.m. "The Last Resort"

9 p.m. "Grey's Anatomy"

10 p.m."Scandal"


8 p.m. "Shark Tank"

9 p.m. "Primetime: What Would You Do?"

10 p.m. "20/20"

In November:

8 p.m. "Last Man Standing"

8:30 p.m. "Malibu Country"


8 p.m. "Saturday Night College Football"


7 p.m. "America's Funniest Home Videos"

8 p.m. "Once Upon a Time"

9 p.m. "Revenge"

10 p.m. "666 Park Avenue"

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