ABC Orders Three More Scripts for 'Neighbors'

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Lenny Venito, Jami Gertz, Isabella Cramp, Clara Mamet and Max Charles star as a family that moves into a coveted New Jersey gated community, where they discover that the entire neighborhood is comprised of aliens disguised as humans. Simon Templeman, Toks Olagundoye Tim Jo and Ian Patrick co-star in the single-camera comedy penned by Dan Fogelman.

ABC has yet to give any of its freshman series a back-nine order but it is leaning that way for rookie comedy Neighbors.

The critically panned series -- THR's Tim Goodman called it "one of the least funny things to air on television since the last Hitler documentary on History" -- has received an order for three additional scripts at the network.

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Jami Gertz and Lenny Venito star as a couple who move in to a community populated by aliens who pose as humans (complete with names after famous athletes) received a plum premiere slot airing after Modern Family, where it scored a 1.9 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic -- matching the network's prized drama Last Resort.

The series, which was moved back to follow The Middle after its premiere, retained 86 percent of its first-week rating.

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