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ABC Orders Full Seasons of Scandal, Neighbors

THE NEIGHBORS - "Pilot" - Marty Weaver (Lenny Venito) just wants the best for his wife, Debbie (Jami Gertz), and their three kids. That's why he's moving them to Hidden Hills, New Jersey, a gated community complete with its own golf course. Marty is certain that their new home will be a dream come true. And then, they meet the neighbors. . . . aliens from the planet Zabvron -- and the Weavers are the first humans they've ever met -- on the premiere of "The Neighbors,"

ABC handed out two full-season orders today, extending the Kerry Washington drama Scandal and the aliens-in-suburbia comedy The Neighbors for nine additional episodes. Scandal's been doing pretty well for ABC on Thursdays (and it will help the network to retain another Shonda Rhimes show as her Private Practice approaches its end) while The Neighbors has pulled in okay ratings ... but for now, okay is enough.

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