ABC Orders Full Seasons of The Neighbors and Scandal

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?

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I'm in love with scandal, en I like neighbours.

I'm happy both getting xtra season.
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Like you said, it's not as bad as other garbage out there. Hopefully the actors and writers will settle into things and tone down some of the over-acting/overdone scenes.



Scandal was ok as filler, but the latest episode hooked me back into looking forward to what's going to happen.
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Well my dead pool is uh... Dead.
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I like this show but SHOCKED it got renewed I totally thought it would have gotten cancelled early :)
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Well, I'm definitely not even going to rank in the dead pool this time around. I guess next time I should just pick the shows I think will be good to go out first, and choose the worst shows to be re-contracted. Unbelievable.
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The Neighbors has consistently improved with each episode and I like it. It is funny at times and some what reminds me of 3rd Rock from the Sun.
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I have absolutely no doubt they have basically taken the premise of 3rd Rock and simply changed it slightly to fit the present show. It certainly is not original (not that much is these days).
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I am going to give a standing ovation to whoever wins the deadpool this year. First ben and kate and now this, stupid networks! *shakes fists menacingly*
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another -2 hit to my dead pool if partner a stays that it for me
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These Neighbors are ruining my Dead Pool *shakes angry fist*
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Yay! Scandal! Haven't seen The Neighbors at all...never really even heard about it. Might check it out...
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Well darn it there goes my dead poll. Oh Well there is always next year.
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I hated the first episode of The Neighbors, too, but I find it funny now. Of course, I'm still saying "soo stupid" while I'm laughing, but laughing, I am.

"Halloween? Halloween-ween? Halloween-one-ween?" So simple, it's genius.

And there's just something damn sexy about the alien wife and all her accents. Even if it got canceled, she'd deserve to get picked up somewhere else.

And Scandal's pretty good. I wish she'd get over him, but it's good in spite of that.
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I don't get it, The Neighbors is ABC's lowest-rated scripted show and has a fairly large cast which I'm assuming isn't made up of volunteers, and it's not well-liked or -reviewed, so how does ABC give it a pickup? Scandal at least has some cushion below it to justify its pickup, 5 ABC shows are lower than it in the ratings.
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I was more than certain that 'The Neighbors' would be this year's 'Man-Up' for ABC... contrary to others I quite like ABC's new silly sitcom, although I still feel angry at them for cancelling 'Man-Up' (I loved that show, genuinely made me laugh out loud every single week).
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I also liked man up. It was stupid, and I liked because it was stupid. As much as I love the wit regularly dosed out on community, sometimes I just want stupid!
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Really nice for Scandal. But "The Neighbors"?? Well.. i guess if people like it. I sure don't, but then I don't have to in order for it to be successful.



I have to say, compared to.... lets say firefly which got cancelled - neighors gets a full season? sometimes i'm dissapointed in peoples tv-choices and network descisions.
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Yes.Scandal.
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And there goes my Dead Pool.... i watched the pilot and it felt such a sure-thing to be cancelled. It's unbelievable that crap like this gets watched and Last Resort is struggling (and about to die)
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And I'm still at a Dead Pool score of 17!
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Yay more The Neighbors!
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dammit, I'm out =(
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It was on my Dead Pool but like it a lot now...
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There goes my deadpool for this year, crap. :-)
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Crap, I think thats on my deadpool list. Arg.
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Seriously, TV.com people!? Did anyone of you watch more than the pilot? Watch the latest Halloween episode and you'll be convinced The Neighbors is more than just "Dick Butkus" jokes! The kids are particularly talented. You should finally acknowledge that.
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Did you read the article above? They said that while they poked fun at it they have come to realise that it isn't completely terrible.
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Question: What happens to the Dead Pool if the networks don't actually cancel 5 shows? Cos they seem to be renewing everything.
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The people with the negative number closest to 0 win. :(
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I was just thinking the exact same thing!
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No! NOOOOO! God no!
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Hahahaha Neighbors gets a full season? Hahahaha. What, that's not a joke? Hahahahahahahahaha.
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And now I can make fun of YOU :P

Seriously, I didn't think much of it either, but it became a nice entertainment for Wednesday nights and I'm glad they picked it up:)
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Damn it!! Why, would I put this on my dead pool? I loved Third Rock from the Sun. Love Scandal. It's my guilty pleasure. However, there for the Fitz and Olivia relationship.
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My deadpool scores just plummeted. But i'm kind of happy for this new show. I think it could be very sweet and fun if the cast and writers find each others rhythms and strengths.

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The Neighbors is watchable, yes, but I do not have time for watchable television! I hardly can keep track of my brilliant shows, how could I waste any time on other stuff?? anyway, I don't care about the show, I only care about my points!!! Now I'm going from +8 to +6!!! NO WAY!
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Yeah, "watchable" isn't exactly a ringing endorsement, and saying you watch a "watchable" show means admitting you have no life.
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Love The Neighbors and their weirdness !

Toks Olagundoye and Ian Patrick (I thought he was a girl playing the son) are so funny. The muppet on Halloween was hilarious.
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cant say i love this show...but also cant say i hate it....
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yay for the neighbors:) I don't know how but it grew on me:)
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What about "Last Resort" ? :(
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These are the 18-49 ratings for the most recent episodes of the four lowest rated shows on ABC:

Scandal 2.0 (just got a full-season pickup)

666 Park Avenue 1.8 (got an order for 2 additional episodes)

Private Practice 1.4 (is *not* getting a full-season pickup)

Last Resort 1.3 (got an order for 2 additional episodes)

This almost certainly means that we're fucked.
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WTF ? Last Resort is probably one of the best new show this season.
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Yes, a majority of members here seem to agree. I know I do.
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I watch it from France, and I must say that I spend 20 min of fun. It's not the sow of the century but it offers some funny situations.
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"sow of the century". I like that.
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I had neighbors on my dead pool too, before I saw an episode. But I gotta say, it has won me over. It's quirky and weird and I dont know why I like it but i do. Kinda reminds me of 3rd Rock from the Sun. If you havent seen the 3rd rock ep where John Lithgow discovers Kleenex boxes and their magic, try to look it up, its funny sh**.
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With this renewal and with NBC picking up a few more Guys With Kids episodes, my chances of winning the Dead Pool are not looking good. Oh well, there's always next year.
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This gets renewed?! But they canned The Gates? Come on!
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The Gates...riiight! That was a guilty pleasure! I agree.
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ABC gives full season pickups for these 2 shows and not for Nashville yet? What the hell!!
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Last week's episode got a 2.0, same as Castle and Scandal, which both got a full season. Since Nashville is new, maybe its ratings are still falling? Makes sense to wait a bit.

I like Nashville, so I hope it gets a full season.
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The Neighbors was on my dead pool list :( man I suck at that game
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To be honest i LOVE The Neighbors, it's my kind of bizarre, so a full season pick-up is awesome news. And about Scandal the only reason i watched the first season was because i thought it would be over by then, and first episode of second season just reminded me that a full season of that crap would be torture. But to those who like Scandal, enjoy the season.
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It was first on my Deadpool list - Followed by Mindy Project, Ben & Kate, Malibu Country, and New Normal. Mob Doctor was the tie-breaker

Next year, give points for renewals so everyone wins!

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The Neighbors gets renewed. Hmmm. I thought this vein of comedy was mined out around 1978, when they brought in Jonathan Winters to play the baby.
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Why is nothing getting cancelled? Scrap the Dead Pool, TV.com. That thing is going nowhere.
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Yes!
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Damn you ABC! Screwing with my Dead Pool.
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Arrrrggh. I had The Neighbors in my Dead Pool. I had been perfect until now =(

Damn it, ABC.

Ugh, I can't believe I'm still waiting on The Mob Doctor and Guys With Kids..
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DAMNIT The Neighbors was on my dead list. I should have known better.
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Well, I should be pissed that this show lives, but really I am just made that it messed up my dead pool. I thought that was a sure thing.
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