You never know what kind of neighbors you're gonna get ... and "The Neighbors" (premieres Wed., Sept. 26, 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC) takes that to the extreme.
The alien comedy, created by Dan Fogelman, stars Jami Gertz and Lenny Venito as a New Jersey couple that finds themselves living in a gated community that's inhabited by aliens. They're aliens with smart-sounding British accents and the names of professional athletes, but yes, they are aliens. I caught up with Fogelman, Gertz and Venito to find out more about the show's inspiration and what they think makes it so smart.
"I visited my mom in New Jersey where I'm from, and she lived in one of those townhouse communities," Fogelman said, talking about the show's initial inspiration. "People would all do things outside, almost synchronized, like watering their lawns or taking their garbage cans out or getting their mail ... so that became the kernel of an idea and I started thinking, What if they were all aliens?"
"It's a play on humanity, and what is normal and who is normal," Gertz said, before answering, "No one." And her costar Venito agreed: "Right! So what if they have three hearts and they clap and turn green and drip goo."
Watch the video interview above, and tell us: Will you watch "The Neighbors"?
"The Neighbors" premieres Wed., Sept. 26, 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.