ABC Gives ‘The Neighbors’ and ‘Scandal’ Full Season Orders

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At least one new comedy and one sophomore drama will be sticking around ABC this season.

While the fates of new shows like 666 Park Avenue, Last Resort and Nashville are still being decided, ABC has given full season orders to the new comedy The Neighbors and second season drama Scandal.

EW has the report that said ABC was cautious about renewing the political drama created by Shonda Rhimes and starring Kerry Washington, but the ratings in the Thursday time slot this fall have been impressive enough to garner another nine episodes – giving the series a full season. The drama is more along the lines of a soap opera with better acting and a primetime spot in the network’s line-up, but audiences seem to be receiving it well.

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Meanwhile, The Neighbors is the weakest link in ABC’s comedy show line-up that includes Modern Family and Suburgatory, but despite some terrible reviews (this writer’s review was actually positive) the show has not been a massive failure, still raking in about 6.8 million viewers. Frankly, the comedy is cheesy, but for my money, it works as an almost tongue-in-cheek tribute to sitcoms of the 90s. Jami Gertz and Lenny Venito with Simon Templeman and Toks Olagundoye work well as the human/alien family friends, and it’s certainly better than most of the popular traditional sitcoms with a live audience.

As for the rest of ABC’s new shows, the jury is still out. Ratings for Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue have not been very good (though the former has had to compete with the World Series until now). As for Nashville, it’s still too early for ABC to make a decision, but there’s a 50/50 chance of it being canceled or getting a full season order.

Since the Grey’s Anatomy spin-off Private Practice has been canceled, that opens up a time slot for one of these shows to try and do better if necessary. Either way, it doesn’t look like ABC had a super strong debut for their freshman series, but at least The Neighbors has survived so far.

Scandal airs Thursdays at 10/9c and The Neighbors airs Wednesdays at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.

Source: EW


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  1. Glad to hear about Neighbors. I agree with you, Ethan. It can be a bit cheesy and the stories can be a bit predictable, bit it’s a cute, quirky show that usually leaves me with a smile at the end. I almost passed it up because of all the reviews, but I’m glad I gave it a chance.

  2. Only watched one ep of the neighbors, may need to watch more since it will be on for a full season. Pulling for 666 park avenue to have a full season.

  3. Scandal is starring Kerry Washington not Shonda Rhimes.

    • Whoops. My bad. Meant to include Kerry Washington, but messed that up. Shonda Rhimes created the show. I’ve fixed the mistake. Thanks!

  4. I quite enjoy The Neighbors, not really sure why it gets panned so much. i laugh at it way more than any other Wednesday night ABC show.

  5. so excited the neighbors didn’t get cancelled since that is one of my favorite new series shows I tune into :)

  6. Anyone see this one coming, for The Neighbors?

  7. At least one new comedy and one sophomore drama will be sticking around ABC this season.

  8. We sit down as a family to watch The Neighbors- and if my hubbie is on duty we record it and save it for when he’s home. I love that I don’t have to worry about its content-the whole family can watch. It’s definitely got a throwback vibe to it, but I think that adds to its charm. It’s just a funny show and doesn’t try to be anything else.

  9. The Neighbors is hysterical. I love that show. To ME, it is funnier than either Modern Family or Suburgatory (which I think is terrible). Glad we’re getting another season.

  10. The Neighbors is SO funny and so creatively written, I am so happy to hear it will be sticking around for an entire season. Best new show!!

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