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Wednesday TV Picks: 'The Neighbors' on ABC

TV picks for Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, include "The Neighbors" on ABC; "Criminal Minds" on CBS; and "Chicago Fire" on NBC.

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'The Neighbors'

Another ABC comedy that seems to have found the right balance of funny and goofy. It follows the Weaver family as they get to know their new neighbors in the gated community of Hidden Hills. At first they think they're odd. No, strange. Very Strange. It turns out they are aliens from the planet Zabvron and are stranded on Earth awaiting instructions from home. They have also taken the names of famous sports figures (Larry Bird, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Dick Butkus). It's a great twist on the typical neighborhood sitcom, and half the fun is watching the Weavers (Lenny Venito and Jami Gertz) react and cope with the Zabvronians' rituals and culture. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on ABC (

Doug Knoop, Seattle Times staff or on Twitter @dougknoop

Also on Wednesday

"Nature," 8 p.m. (KCTS): "Animal Odd Couples": Animals sometimes form cross-species relationships, which may give information about animal emotions. Examples include a goat guiding a blind horse; a doe visiting her Great Dane surrogate mother; a gibbon living with a family of capuchins.

"Diamonds Are Forever" (1971), 8:30 p.m. (BBC America): James Bond, Agent 007, saves the world from Blofeld's space laser and bikini-clad Amazons Bambi and Thumper.

"Criminal Minds," 9 p.m. (CBS): The team searches for a killer in Miami who started out slaying animals and then quickly progressed to murdering prostitutes; Morgan asks Reid to join the bureau softball team.

"Arrow," 8 p.m. (CW): When Oliver is arrested for murder, he wants no one but Laurel to be his lawyer; during a lie-detector test, Detective Lance asks Oliver about his time on the island.

"Chicago Fire," 10:01 p.m. (NBC): Casey must face the consequences of confronting Detective Voight; Dawson faces disciplinary action; Severide reaches out to an old friend about his injury.

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