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.