You made fun of it. We made fun of it. Old Man McClintock down the street made fun of it. But it lives on. ABC's The Neighbors, which came out of the gate as an almost universally panned new sitcom, has earned a full-season order. As has second-year drama Scandal.
Both shows will add nine episodes to their original 13-episode orders for a total of 22 episodes each. That means an additional four-and-a-half hours of Marty Weaver snickering at the name Dick Butkus. In its most recent airing last Wednesday, The Neighbors drew just under 7 million viewers and grabbed a 2.0 rating in the adult demo. Scandal posted similar numbers, matching the 2.0 but coming in slightly lower in total audience.
As much as I'm supposed to pile on with everyone else and shake my head over the pickup of The Neighbors, I can't. Yes, the pilot was truly an abomination and subsequent episodes have been some riff on "the aliens go somewhere normal and have a hard time," but she show is unapologetic in its dorkiness and has really embraced it. It's not great, but it's definitely not as bad as other stuff on TV.
Are you sticking with The Neighbors? Have you been watching Scandal? How does this news affect you?