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LARRY BIRD AND DEBBIE TAKE ON THE PTA, WHILE JACKIE AND MARTY
TRY COACHING SOCCER, ON ABC'S "THE NEIGHBORS"
"The Gingerbread Man" - Larry Bird uses his experience as supreme leader to help Debbie navigate PTA politics, specifically officious president Linda (guest star Nora Dunn). Meanwhile, Jackie tries to help Marty coach soccer, until her cutthroat competitive nature kicks in, on "The Neighbors," WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9 (8:30-9:00 p.m. ET) on ABC.
"The Neighbors" stars Jami Gertz as Debbie Weaver, Lenny Venito as Marty Weaver, Simon Templeman as Larry Bird, Toks Olagundoye as Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Clara Mamet as Amber Weaver, Tim Jo as Reggie Jackson, Ian Patrick as Dick Butkus, Max Charles as Max Weaver and Isabella Cramp as Abby Weaver.
Guest starring are Nora Dunn as Linda, Kerry Carney as Elizabeth and Samuel Caruana as Carl.
"The Gingerbread Man" was written by Kirker Butler and directed by Chris Koch.
"The Neighbors" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to the airdate.
For more information about "The Neighbors" visit ABC.com/TheNeighbors
ADDITIONAL NOTES: renewed through the 2013-14 season (the show's second) on 5/11/13
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release, May 2013) Marty Weaver just wanted the best for his wife, Debbie, and their three kids, and moving from an apartment in Bayonne to Hidden Hills, New Jersey, a gated community complete with its own golf course, was a step in the right direction. Of course, the fact that the entire community is comprised of aliens from the planet Zabvron, and that the Weavers are the first humans who have lived amongst them, presents some challenges. But as the Weavers and the aliens face the struggles of everyday life together, they discover that some things - the ups and downs of marriage, the desire to be a good parent and connect with your children - are universal... intergalactic even. Despite the fact that they're not even the same species, both humans and Zabvronians had a lot to learn from each other. The Weavers realize they've found an ally in the family next door... even if they do cry out of their ears. "The Neighbors" stars Jami Gertz as Debbie Weaver, Lenny Venito as Marty Weaver, Simon Templeman as Larry Bird, Toks Olagundoye as Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Clara Mamet as Amber Weaver, Tim Jo as Reggie Jackson, Ian Patrick as Dick Butkus, Max Charles as Max Weaver and Isabella Cramp as Abby Weaver. "The Neighbors" was created by Dan Fogelman ("Cars," "Tangled," "Crazy, Stupid, Love"), who is also an executive producer with Aaron Kaplan ("GCB," "Terra Nova") and Chris Koch ("Workaholics," "Modern Family"). "The Neighbors" is from ABC Studios.