Has ABC already grown skeptical about “The Neighbors”? Based on what is currently being discussed within some industry circles, ABC may now be looking to support one of its returning series more by switching around the new comedy about a community of aliens, which was originally supposed to air in the timeslot following “Modern Family,” to an earlier time on Wednesday night.
According to Deadline, the network is getting set to swap out “The Neighbors” and “Suburgaory” on its fall schedule, moving the Jane Levy series to 9:30 p.m. while giving the new show the timeslot after “The Middle.” Really, there are two ways to look at this move if it ends up going down:
1. As Deadline claims, 8:30 may actually be a better timeslot or “The Neighbors” considering that Dan Fogelman (who is one of the brains behind the operation) has written on a number of Pixar properties. In other words, the early timeslot might give him more of a family audience.
2. If you want to be more cynical about this, you could say that ABC wants to make sure that they have a hit show airing after “Modern Family” to capitalize on the lead-in, and “Suburgatory” was regarded as one of the better comedies of last year. On paper, it feels like it may actually be that one show with a chance to keep the audience that “Cougar Town,” “Happy Endings,” and “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23” could not. “The Neighbors,” meanwhile, is not tracking that well in terms of buzz or early reviews.
Do you think this move was done by ABC to change expectations for “The Neighbors,” or to give “Modern Family” a partner that actually suits its content better? We want to hear from you! If you want the latest update on the “Modern Family” cast negotiations, be sure to head on over to this link.