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NEIGHBORS, THE
Air Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Time Slot: 8:30 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#1021) "Sing Like a Larry Bird"
[NOTE: The following article is a press release issued by the aforementioned network and/or company. Any errors, typos, etc. are attributed to the original author. The release is reproduced solely for the dissemination of the enclosed information.]

AFTER SEEING A BROADWAY MUSICAL, LARRY DECIDES TO CREATE ONE OF HIS OWN, ON ABC'S "THE NEIGHBORS"

Academy Award-winning Composer Alan Menken Writes Original Songs

"Sing Like a Larry Bird" - Increasingly comfortable exploring the world outside of their gated community, the Bird-Kersees ignore the Weavers' concerns and decide to go to into the city to see a Broadway show. Inspired by the experience, Larry decides to put on a musical of his own, which goes well until Dick literally missteps. Instead of going to Marty and Debbie for help (as they have done many times before), the Bird-Kersees risk exposing their true identities when they call 9-1-1, on "The Neighbors," WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Academy Award-winning Alan Menken composed original songs for the episode.

"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 Doug Jones as Dominique Wilkins, Katherine Tokarz as Mary Lou Retton, Patrick O'Sullivan as Johnny Unitas, Alden Ray as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kiersten Lyons as Billie Jean King, Caitlin Thompson as reporter, Nick Eldredge as high pants alien and Tristen Winger as clown.

"Sing Like a Larry Bird" was written by Tracy Oliver and directed by John Fortenberry.

"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 airdate.

For more information about "The Neighbors" visit ABC.com/TheNeighbors

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NEIGHBORS, THE (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
9/26/12 - 4/11/14
STATUS:
canceled/ended (2013-2014 season)
TIME SLOT:
completed airing its current season
SEASON(S):
2 (44 episodes, 0 of which have yet to air)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
confirmed as canceled on 5/9/14
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.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Clara Mamet as Amber Weaver
· Ian Patrick as Dick Butkis
· Isabella Cramp as Abby Weaver
· Jami Gertz as Debbie Weaver
· Lenny Venito as Marty Weaver
· Max Charles as Max Weaver
· Simon Templeman as Larry Bird
· Tim Jo as Reggie Jackson
· Toks Olagundoye as Jackie Joyner-Kersee
CREW INFORMATION:
· Aaron Kaplan as EP
· Chris Koch as EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Dan Fogelman as CRTR/EP
· Jeff Morton as EP/LP
GENRE(S):
· comedy (all)
· comedy (single-camera)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· ABC Studios
· Kapital Entertainment