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Thursday, June 9, 2005

THE STAKES ARE HIGH, THE FAMILIES ARE REAL AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME, AS NEIGHBORS DECIDE WHICH FAMILY WILL MOVE INTO A DREAM HOME, ON THE SERIES PREMIERE OF ABC'S "WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD"

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THE STAKES ARE HIGH, THE FAMILIES ARE REAL AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME, AS NEIGHBORS DECIDE WHICH FAMILY WILL MOVE INTO A DREAM HOME, ON THE SERIES PREMIERE OF ABC'S "WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD"

When the neighbors living in a quiet, picturesque suburban community get to choose the family who'll move in next door to them, their belief systems gets rocked as they try to get past their own pre-conceived notions and prejudices, and the idea that a neighbor should look and think just like them. Their choice doesn't get any easier when they meet the seven very diverse families, including a family covered in tattoos, a homosexual couple with an adopted child and a family who practice Wiccan, a pagan religion. Will the resident neighbors be able to see past their own ideals and accept all of the families as people instead of stereotypes? Eventually some eyes and hearts open up, opinions change and a community is transformed, in the six original, unscripted one-hour episodes of "Welcome to the Neighborhood," premiering SUNDAY, JULY 10 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

At the same time that the neighbors are trying to adjust, the competing families also begin an emotional journey that puts their physical and psychological limits to the test, as they all vie for a beautiful dream home on the perfect suburban cul-de-sac. But to determine who will win the luxuriously furnished and opulently appointed house, they first have to win over the very people who will be most affected by that ultimate decision -- the next-door neighbors.

In the premiere, "Episode 101," the seven families arrive at the dream home - a 3300-square-foot house with four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms located on a prime piece of real estate in the recent development of Circle C Ranch, near Austin, Texas. The competing families, each in its own unique way, enthusiastically meet and greet the three opinionated resident families who have a vested interest in who'll move into the house.

Each week, the competing families participate in a challenge made up by the judging neighbors that will show just how well they might fit into the close-knit community. In the first challenge, the families must build their own Circle C Ranch booth -- complete with a theme, prizes and a lot of creativity -- for a carnival that will be attended by the whole neighborhood. The winning family will be determined by whose booth earns the most money. That family will receive an all-important "free pass," thereby escaping -- for that episode -- being sent packing. By episode's end, one of the remaining families will be eliminated by the ever-watchful neighbors.

The seven house-hungry families who will be trying to impress their potential neighbors are:

* The Crenshaws -- A religious, African American family

* The Eckharts - A Caucasian, pagan family that worships several gods

* The Gonzalezes - A loud, boisterous Hispanic family

* The Lees -- An Asian family that runs a sushi restaurant

* The Morgans -- A Caucasian family that looks picture-perfect, except Mrs. Morgan has a little secret

* The Sheets - Defying all stereotypes, this Caucasian family is covered in tattoos and are staunch Republicans

* The Wrights - A Caucasian homosexual couple who have adopted an African American boy

The three families who have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to choose their new neighbors are:

_ The Stewarts -- The super-opinionated Mr. Stewart, who is considered the "governor" of the cul-de-sac, is very protective of his community and will be looking at the competing families through a microscope

_ The Bellamys - Mr. Bellamy is a staunch Republican and would challenge any potential neighbors with politically different views. But the three Bellamy kids would welcome new neighbors who are different

_ The Daniels - A devoted Christian family, they would like their new neighbors to have a similar focus and direction in their lives

"Welcome to the Neighborhood" is from MGM, New Screen Concepts and the Jay and Tony Show Productions, with Rob Lee, Chuck Bangert, Lou Gorfai, Jay Blumenfield and Tony Marsh serving as executive producers.

A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

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FROM TV GUIDE: Entertainment News

IT'S AN UGLY DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Under pressure from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), ABC has shelved its six-part summer reality series Welcome to the Neighborhood. The show, which was slated to bow July 10, depicted seven diverse families (including African-American, Korean-American, Latino and gay) competing to win a house in an upscale Austin, Tex., cul-de-sac. Despite the show's good intentions, GLAAD says the first few episodes would have given viewers the impression that "prejudice and discrimination are not that big a deal. Regardless of how things turn out at the end of the last show, it's dangerous to let intolerance and bigotry go unchallenged for weeks at a time." ABC apparently agreed.

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YOU"RE KIDDING ME!!! I'm so po'd. I really thought there was finally a reality show were america would learn a thing or two about people that are different than themselves.

Well, we can hope that another network will pick it up then!

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Done right I agree, obviously ABC packaged it focussing on Stereotypes and not eliminating ignorance ...

I will not miss it if it was as described ... :wink:

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Done right I agree, obviously ABC packaged it focussing on Stereotypes and not eliminating ignorance ...

I will not miss it if it was as described ... :wink:

Damn, I really was looking forward to it. But if all it did was perpetuate stereotypes, then I'm glad we won't be subjected to it.

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ABC Pulls 'Neighborhood' Reality Series

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer Thu Jun 30, 7:56 AM ET

LOS ANGELES - "Welcome to the Neighborhood," an ABC reality series that pushes hot buttons of racism and anti-homosexuality, was pulled by the network before its debut. The program had drawn criticism from groups claiming it risked fostering prejudice.

In a statement Wednesday, ABC acknowledged the delicate nature of the series in which families asked to pick a new neighbor are made to expose and overcome their biases.

"Welcome to the Neighborhood" demonstrates what happens when people are forced to "confront preconceived notions of what makes a good neighbor," the network said.

"However, the fact that true change only happens over time made the episodic nature of this series challenging, and given the sensitivity of the subject matter in early episodes we have decided not to air the series at this time."

The six-episode show, which was to debut July 10, follows three families in Austin, Texas, who are given the chance to choose a new neighbor for a house on their street.

Each family initially wants someone similar to them

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FROM TV GUIDE: The Insider

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ABC Evicts Unwelcome Neighbors

by Ileane Rudolph

The diverse group of applicants vying for a dream home in ABC's Welcome to the Neighborhood won't become TV stars anytime soon.

Less than two weeks before the much-maligned reality show's July 10 premiere, ABC abruptly pulled the plug. The show, in which seven families competed for a house in an upscale Austin, Tex., subdivision, came under fire for its offensive premise: Three white Christian couples living in the subdivision were to choose new neighbors from the contestants

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FROM TV GUIDE: Ask Matt

Question: Since Welcome to the Neighborhood was pulled, I've seen several articles saying that the family who won was an interesting choice

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FROM TV GUIDE: Entertainment News

WELCOME TO CABLE: The folks behind Fox Reality Channel say it would gladly air the recently shelved six-part exercise in intolerance, Welcome to the Neighborhood

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