Terry Morrow: ABC makes Oak Ridge native one of its 'Neighbors'

Good news and bad news for two talents out of Oak Ridge.

ABC passed on picking up the pilot of “American Judy,” which co-stars Oak Ridge native Elaine Hendrix as a small-town sheriff. However, on Tuesday, the network did reveal it’s going with “The Neighbors,” a half-hour sitcom featuring Oak Ridge native Mitch Rouse for fall.

“The Neighbors,” which will air 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, bills Rouse as a “guest star” in the comedy about outer-space aliens adjusting to life on Earth.

The aliens learn their family dynamics aren’t so different than that of Earthlings.

Rouse has previously had recurring roles on “Reno 911” and “According to Jim.”

He starred in the Spike TV comedy “The Factory.” He wrote and directed the movie “Without A Paddle” and co-created “Strangers with Candy.”

In 2003, he starred in “Lost At Home,” an ABC sitcom about a dad trying to adjust to working from home.

ABC has country on its mind — specifically Tennessee — in its 2012-13 schedule. Here’s a rundown:

-- Country music soap “Nashville” (10 p.m. Wednesdays), pairing Hayden Panettiere and Powers Boothe;

-- Supernatural drama “666 Park Avenue” (10 p.m. Sundays), starring “Lost’s” Terry O’Quinn;

-- Nuclear mystery “Last Resort” (8 p.m. Thursdays), boasting Andre Braugher;

-- Sarah Chalke’s comedy “How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)” (8 p.m. Tuesdays, midseason);

-- Reba McEntire comedy vehicle “Malibu Country” (8:30 p.m. Fridays, midseason);

-- Handyman show “The Family Tools” (8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, midseason), featuring Kyle Bornheimer.

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