ABC obviously has high hopes for its alien comedy “The Neighbors,” slating it to follow the network’s golden goose “Modern Family” at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays this fall.

Aliens may not seem like the obvious choice for a comedy premise in 2012, but the trailer is just so different from all of the other new shows being trotted out this week by the networks that it definitely deserves a look.

Here’s the deal: Debbie (Jami Gertz) and Marty Weaver (Lenny Venito) recently moved with their three kids to Hidden Hills, an exclusive New Jersey community that hasn’t had a house come on the market in 10 years. And the neighbors are … a little odd. They all have pro-athlete names like Reggie Jackson (Tim Jo), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye), Dick Butkis (Ian Patrick) and Larry Bird (Simon Templeman). Pretty soon, though, the secret’s out, and the Weavers learn that the whole community is made up of aliens. And hilarity ensues — hopefully.

Check out the preview and let us know what you think.

Posted by:Jennifer Harper