Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ARTS & LIFE -

CTV/Sept. 29/9 p.m. (pre­mieres Sept. 26 on ABC) THE NEIGH­BORS Star­ring: Lenny Ven­ito, Jami Gertz, Si­mon Tem­ple­man, Toks Ola­gun­doye, Clara Mamet, Tim Jo, Ian Patrick, Max Charles and Is­abella Cramp. Premise: Har­ried New Yorker Marty hopes to pro­vide a bet­ter life for his fam­ily by pur­chas­ing a home in a gated New Jersey community called Hid­den Hills. The house is lovely, but all the neigh­bours turn out to be aliens from the planet Zab­vron. Low­down: At first glance, this looked like the most hare­brained new of­fer­ing in the fall sched­ule. But a sec­ond look at the se­ries pi­lot re­vealed that there’s an un­ex­pected, good-na­tured charm to what’s ad­mit­tedly a rather stupid show. The alien-in­clined sight gags are plen­ti­ful and amus­ing, and Ven­ito is pretty good as the guy who re­al­izes that maybe he didn’t get such a great deal on the new house, af­ter all. Quotable: “A cou­ple of years ago I went to visit my mom, and she lived in one of those gated town­house com­mu­ni­ties. (The town­houses) were all iden­ti­cal. You could reach out my mom’s bath­room win­dow and touch her neigh­bour’s bath­room win­dow. And I would watch and won­der, as I would look out my win­dow and watch all these peo­ple in uni­son tak­ing their garbage cans out into the street and com­ing back in. She never spoke to any of them; they never spoke to her. And it was the im­pe­tus be­hind the idea of, “Who are these peo­ple that she’s liv­ing be­tween?” And I started won­der­ing, what if they were all aliens that my sweet Mom was liv­ing amidst?” — se­ries cre­ator Dan Fo­gel­man, on the subur­ban in­spi­ra­tion for an oth­er­worldly idea. Bot­tom line: If view­ers stick with it for a cou­ple of episodes, they might warm up to it. But if first im­pres­sions drive The Neigh­bors’ rat­ings, ET’ll be go­ing home early. Ci­tytv/Oct. 6/7 p.m. (Orig­i­nal episodes air Wed­nes­days be­gin­ning Oct. 3 and are re­peated on Satur­days) THE BACH­E­LOR CANADA Star­ring: For­mer CFL re­ceiver Brad Smith and 25 ro­mance-seek­ing Cana­dian young women Premise: A north-of-the-bor­der spinoff of the suc­cess­ful ABC dat­ing/re­al­ity fran­chise. Low­down: No pre­views have been pro­vided, but it’s a safe bet that The Bach­e­lor Canada will em­ploy the same blue­print as its U.S.-net­work in­spi­ra­tion (al­beit prob­a­bly on a much more mod­est bud­get). It’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see how far Cana­dian cur­rency takes them in search of ex­otic dat­ing lo­ca­tions. Bot­tom line: Can’t wait for those home­town dates to Moose Jaw, Swift Cur­rent and Goose Bay.



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