‘Trek,’ ‘Wars’ Icons Become ‘Neighbors’

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The season finale of “The Neighbors,” which airs Wednesday, March 27, at 8:30 p.m. on ABC, will feature two science fiction icons — George Takei, who played Sulu in the original “Star Trek” series and movies, and Mark Hamil, who played Luke Skywalker in the first three “Star Wars” films.

George Takei and Mark Hamill visit “The Neighbors.” (ABC)

In this episode, the Weavers take the Bird-Kersees to Atlantic City, where Marty (Lenny Venito) learns that Larry (Simon Templeman) not only counts cards, he can see through them, and Jackie (Toks Olagundoye) admits that she’s always wanted a human wedding. Meanwhile, Dick (Ian Patrick), in charge back home, gets an ominous call from his grandpa. Is it time for the Neighbors to return to Zabvron?

Takei guest-stars as Grandpa and Hamill as Commandant Bill.

“The Neighbors,” which premiered last fall, is about a family, the Weavers, who move to a gated community in New Jersey and discover that their neighbors are aliens disguised as humans. The aliens have adopted the names of famous sports figures; Larry Bird and Jackie Joyner-Kersee are the parents of Dick Butkus and Reggie Jackson (Tim Jo). They have been stuck on Earth for 10 years and are waiting for word from home.

Takei, who also played the grandfather on Nickelodeon’s “Supah Ninjas” and Hiro’s father on NBC’s “Heroes,” recently guest-starred on CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” and the Cartoon Network’s “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” Both Takei and Hamill appeared as themselves in another sitcom about aliens, “Third Rock from the Sun.”

It is rumored that Hamill will reprise his role as Luke Skywalker, along with Harrison Ford as Han Solo and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, in “Star Wars Episode VII,” to be directed by J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) and released in 2015.

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