July 23, 2012

THE SKED: ABC Evicts “The Neighbors”

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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In a small but significant change to its fall schedule, ABC has switched the timeslots of SUBURGATORY and its new THE NEIGHBORS, shifting Suburgatory to the post-Modern Family slot at 9:30PM and moving Neighbors back to 8:30, where it will run after The Middle.

Those of us who have seen Neighbors (our pilot report is here)  have been unable to comprehend why ABC would give its premier comedy slot to such a dreadfully unpromising show, and it’s hard not to think that the move is a result of saner minds there prevailing.  It’s also a good move for Suburgatory, which should be extremely compatible with Modern Family as a smart, quirky family-centric show; if Suburgatory can build on Wednesday, it could profitably move to Tuesday later in the season, in the event that the night’s sitcom pair of Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B___ falter.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."