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Welcome back to our alien friends and human buddies, The Neighbors!

ABC Splash banner logo - Click to learn more about The Neighbors!Few programs have made me laugh with sheer glee each week as The Neighbors did all throughout 2012!

And this week, I was actually rolling on the floor laughing at the hilarity of the season two premiere “Family Conference” when I viewed the episode screener courtesy of the fine team over at the ABC Media Network.

The Neighbors S2x01 - The Family Conference begins!The fact that The Neighbors is about an alien species that has peacefully invaded our fair Earth, in a human comedy runaway hit series is an absolute bonus!

The Neighbors deals, tongue in cheek, with pop culture, real life circumstances, frantic family antics, politics, religion, moms, dads, teens, romance, golf, school, work, cooking, in-laws, and just about everything and anything else that should have fun poked at it!

On top of all this fun, in case you missed it from last year, The Neighbors series enjoyed a well deserved Emmy nomination for an outstanding music video we include below!

The Neighbors S2x01 - Toks Olagundoye as Jackie Joyner-Kersee

The Neighbors - Creator Dan Fogelman and George TakeiMany, including some of the largest so-called entertainment critics (who we will leave unmentioned out of respect), thought that The Neighbors as a series would never make it past the first ten episodes.

Most of those media moguls who were incorrect, believed The Neighbors was headed to the scrapheap of television history.

The Neighbors S1x01 PieWhereas we here at WormholeRiders News Agency knew, by examining Get Glue, Twitter and Facebook streams, that they were just plain wrong.

Creator Dan Fogleman, a genius in bringing grins to everyone’s face each week in the series, has more than proved that the naysayers were a bit off the mark when it came to audience acceptance of an alien human comedic show based in the suburbs of America.

The Neighbors S1x01 DinnerReturning in season two of The Neighbors are our favorite aliens and humans Jami Gertz as Debbie Weaver, Toks Olagundoye as Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Lenny Venito as Marty Weaver, Simon Templeman as Larry Bird, Max Charles as Max Weaver, Isabella Cramp as Abby Weaver, Tim Jo as Reggie Jackson, Clara Mamet as Amber Weaver, Ian Patrick as Dick Butkus, with Tracy Weisert, Mobin Khan and Malcolm Bowen as some of the Zabrvonians who have been visiting, errr, invaded our fair planet!

Family Conference – Pre Review:

The Neighbors S1x22 Sulu George takei and Luke Mark HamillSubsequent to the season one finale blockbuster featuring George Takei and Mark Hamill, and after watching the season two premiere “Family Conference” courtesy of ABC Disney Media Net, there can be no doubt that The Neighbors is on a roll of success that hopefully will lead to many seasons.

The Neighbors S2x01 Family Conference - As the summer winds down, Amber and Reggie reveal to their families that they've been dating. Jackie calls for a family conference - in a newly revealed basement at the Bird-Kersee home - at which both families vote on whether or not the couple can stay together. Things approach fever pitch until Abby interrupts with a heartfelt speech about how Reggie is the only person to ever make Amber smile. Then, just as the families are about to embrace the relationship, an unexpected guest arrives to compete for Reggie's affections, on the Season Premiere of The NeighborsMuch, if not all of whether or not The Neighbors will be gracing our screens in the future of 2014 and beyond, will depend on several factors, including, but not limited to;

1. Continued crisp, brilliant scripts and outstanding acting that has been the hallmark that propelled The Neighbors to hit status in season one.

2. Selection of cameo guest stars to dovetail the slick comedic story that viewers will enjoy.

3. Audiences that  will continue their desire to get “Lost in America” each week for 30 minutes offsetting the failure of government policies that do not produce meaningful fulfillment.

Can the series continue to succeed on Friday nights during the 8:30 time slot? Although disproven long ago that Friday’s are a graveyard of television series, the mythology of “Friday Failure” persists, hanging like a dark cloud in the minds of a few negative people who like to wave a black banner.

The Neighbors S2x01 - Family Conference - The Weavers - As the summer winds down, Amber and Reggie reveal to their families that they've been dating. Jackie calls for a family conference - in a newly revealed basement at the Bird-Kersee home - at which both families vote on whether or not the couple can stay together. Things approach fever pitch until Abby interrupts with a heartfelt speech about how Reggie is the only person to ever make Amber smile. Then, just as the families are about to embrace the relationship, an unexpected guest arrives to compete for Reggie's affections, on the Season Premiere of "The Neighbors," FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 (8:31-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Michael Ansell)ISABELLA CRAMP, MAX CHARLES, CLARA MAMET, JAMI GERTZ, LENNY VENITOIf the recipe artfully presented in “Family Conference” is any indicator, The Neighbors could well be another, if not the final “nail in the coffin” regarding the idea that television series go to Friday nights to die.

The “Family Conference” episode is so darned funny, I even laughed when the Weavers and the / Joyner-Kersee’s were screaming at what they discovered in the opening moments of the episode.

Click to visit The Jerry Springer Show at his official web site!Suffice it to say their discovery leads to a nonstop series of vignettes that will keep even the most sourpuss of people grinning with glee from the opening moments when the two families look back on season one fondly, to the ultimate moment of literal “magnetism”, that once again had me off rolling on the floor with joyous laughter!

“Family Conference” features a guest starring appearance of Jerry Springer at a well timed moment… or two. The perfection of his placement, in a secret place, was a stroke of genius by the screenwriter.

Since non American audiences may not internalize the “American” humor, please allow me to delineate the relevance to “Family Conference”.

Sixty-nine year old Jerry Springer, with a twenty-one year run on television, is the epitome of the American “shock jock” talk show hosts. His program guests are often families who argue and “throw down” (literally) on each other, with some of the episodes resulting in knock down drag out brawls on stage. Springer has long been a guest star in television series and movies portraying himself dating back to 1993.

The Neighbors S2x01 - "Family Conference" - As the summer winds down, Amber and Reggie reveal to their families that they've been dating. Jackie calls for a family conference - in a newly revealed basement at the Bird-Kersee home - at which both families vote on whether or not the couple can stay together. Things approach fever pitch until Abby interrupts with a heartfelt speech about how Reggie is the only person to ever make Amber smile. Then, just as the families are about to embrace the relationship, an unexpected guest arrives to compete for Reggie's affections, on the Season Premiere of "The Neighbors," FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 (8:31-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Michael Ansell)BACKGROUND: TOKS OLAGUNDOYE, LENNY VENITO, SIMON TEMPLEMAN, MAX CHARLES, ISABELLA CRAMP, JAMI GERTZ; FOREGROUND: IAN PATRICK, TIM JO, CLARA MAMETAs you will witness for yourselves, the utilization of Springer in The Neighbors episode “Family Conference”, in an environment deep in the bowels of suburbia, is a masterstroke that lends to the fluid chemistry and interaction of the cast.

In the opinion of this reviewer, it is this development of the fluid cast chemistry in The Neighbors that makes the show so fun to watch, in fact it ROCKS!

The Neighbors S2x01 - Megan Park as JaneAlso featured is a new guest star, Megan Park, who we may see again in the future (no spoilers) based on her potentially key role with another of the series regulars.

In one of the best parody sequences of a major motion picture, Toks Olagundoye not only looks her very best, she plays the scene to the absolute hilt in an interaction with Jami Gertz looking on in incredulity, since Debbie Weaver is next up to perform what clearly looks to be “Mission Impossible”!

The Neighbors S2x01 - "Family Conference" - As the summer winds down, Amber and Reggie reveal to their families that they've been dating. Jackie calls for a family conference - in a newly revealed basement at the Bird-Kersee home - at which both families vote on whether or not the couple can stay together. Things approach fever pitch until Abby interrupts with a heartfelt speech about how Reggie is the only person to ever make Amber smile. Then, just as the families are about to embrace the relationship, an unexpected guest arrives to compete for Reggie's affections, on the Season Premiere of "The Neighbors," FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 (8:31-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Michael Ansell)SIMON TEMPLEMAN, TOKS OLAGUNDOYESimon Templeman and Lenny Venito alternate smoothly as the series “straight men” and deliverers of perfectly timed comedic lines with “punches” of levity that will make the viewers giggle with glee.

One of the real reasons the program in general, and “Family Conference” in specific is so enjoyable and funny is the interaction of younger members of the Weaver and Bird / Joyner-Kersee families.

The Neighbors S2x01 - "Family Conference" - As the summer winds down, Amber and Reggie reveal to their families that they've been dating. Jackie calls for a family conference - in a newly revealed basement at the Bird-Kersee home - at which both families vote on whether or not the couple can stay together. Things approach fever pitch until Abby interrupts with a heartfelt speech about how Reggie is the only person to ever make Amber smile. Then, just as the families are about to embrace the relationship, an unexpected guest arrives to compete for Reggie's affections, on the Season Premiere of "The Neighbors," FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 (8:31-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Michael Ansell)IAN PATRICKAs in season one, each of the youngsters, Amber Weaver (Clara Mamet), Max Weaver (Max Charles), Abby Weaver (Isabella Cramp), Reggie Jackson (Tim Jo), and the “boss” of arranging the “Family Conference” Dick Butkis (Ian Patrick),  exquisitely sets up the hilarious adventures for the hapless adults to partake in.

To this reviewers sheer delight, the script of “Family Conference” moves from moment to moment with a Single Effect that is hard to not to enjoy.

Could The Neighbors become another multi-decade family comedy like The Simpsons? This reviewer certainly hopes the answer is a resounding YES!

The Neighbors S2x01 - Abby Weaver takes control of the Family Conference with Amber in backgroundThis editor gives “Family Conference” a “Straight A” for all the right reasons; outstanding cast interaction, superb acting, great direction, fluid scene to scene segues, fun new sets that I hope we will see again and again, and most importantly, it’s just so danged funny.

One of the few comedy series I have time to watch these days, The Neighbors properly uses humor, levity merged with pop culture to figuratively “rip the shreds out of things” humans often either take for granted, or get far too “wrapped around the axle about”.

The Neighbors S2x01 - Larry Bird thinks about getting a job for the second episode of season twoThe Neighbors is produced by a fine team of creators lead by Jeffrey Morton, Chris Koch, Aaron Kaplan, Dan Fogelman (series creator) and Marshall Boone, The Neighbors series is co-produced by Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker with superb costumes by Karla Stevens, great makeup by Michele Tyminski, special effects supervised by Craig Weiss, with fun music editing by Christopher M. Foster

We suggest that every everyone make, and take time each Friday to sit down with your family after dinner, shut of the useless Main Stream Media news, and enjoy one of life’s simple, but perfect pleasures; The Neighbors!

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