ABC's offbeat science fiction comedy "The Neighbors" is set to bring two icons of the genre to the neighborhood.
The actors who brought Luke Skywalker and Mr. Sulu to life, Mark Hamill and George Takei, will guest star on the strange comedy's season finale.
"Star Trek"'s Takei will appear as the father of alien Larry Bird (Simon Templeman), the commander of the alien race that has taken up residence in suburbia, and grandfather to young Reggie (Tim Jo) and Dick (Ian Patrick). The patriarch of the clan will visit Earth and his son with an important announcement, possibly relating to their return to their home planet.
Hamill, meanwhile, will play a co-worker of Takei's character, though it is unclear whether he will be of human or Zabvronian origin. The bizarre series centers on a New Jersey family that relocates to a gated community populated entirely by socially awkward aliens, all of whom take the names of famous sports stars such as Bird and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. No word on what famous sports star the two characters will take on.
Takei has been making the rounds recently, with guest spots on CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" and NBC's "The New Normal." Both Hamill and Takei are of course not strangers to the genre and have shown to have some comedic chops in the past -- whether the series itself has gained an element of comedy since its lackluster premiere is what has me wary.