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Fantasy in farcical form is also in store. Consider ABC’s “The Neighbors,” where the middle-class Weaver family takes a step up the social ladder by moving to a gated New Jersey community, only to find out the rest of the homes are occupied by aliens.

This high-concept sitcom proposes that contemporary life in America is no less perplexing for humans than it is for immigrants from the planet Zabvron. Everyone feels alienated at times, and all anyone wants to do is fit in.

Now will “The Neighbors” fit into Earthlings’ TV-watching schedule? Or will it be a casualty of this strange tradition practiced by humans for decades called “the fall TV season”?