CBS has released details of the eight Kennesaw families competing for $250,000 in the new reality show “There Goes the Neighborhood,” debuting Sunday, August 9, at 9 p.m.
The show itself is like “Survivor” in the suburbs. The production company created a bit of a stir in the neighborhood when it built 20-foot walls around the eight homes in June.
The eight families compete for money and stayed inside those walls for up to three weeks. Taping ended earlier this month. They would compete in challenges and get plucked off one family at a time.
Interestingly, I just learned they actually enclosed nine homes but one of the families contiguous to the others refused to participate. It appears CBS paid them some money to go away for three weeks or more.
Most have lived in the neighborhood for at least five years. Jobs are a middle-class mix of professions such as teachers, general contractors and insurance agents. Several play tennis. All have kids but no infants. Several have pets. There’s a lesbian couple, a mixed-race couple and a single mom with a daughter.
If you happen to know any of the families, none of whom are giving press interviews before the show airs, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to learn more about them before the show starts.
Here are summaries and photos of the families.
The Johnstons: Cameron is a stay-at-home dad and Regina got laid off seven months ago from an IT company. (Thus, they have the time and incentive to do the show.) They have an 11-year-old daughter Carliegh living in the home along with a 25-year-old niece Theresa.
The Degirolamos: Both Jeff and Lisa are dutifully employed. Jeff is a contractor and Lisa is a client services manager at a software company. Both managed to get three weeks off. Both are avid tennis players. They have two sons, ages 16 and 12.
The Schindlers: This is a mixed religion family. David is Jewish. Christina is Christian. David is a director of video production at an unnamed sport arena. Christina is a pre-K teacher. They have two sons (ages 10 and 12) and a daughter (age 6). They enjoy karaoke nights.
The Nelsons. Chris is a general contractor; Mickey is owner of a cleaning company. Both are active tennis players and love boating. They have three sons, ages 7, 15 and 19.
The Bussieres. Tom is an insurance agent. Susan is a stay-at-home mom who suffered a stroke in 2008 (since recovered), necessitating her mom Marcia to move in. Both are active runners. They have a son Jake, age 5 and a daughter Elise, age 7.
The Upshaws. This is the mixed-race couple (above). Ricardo is an architect, Therese a mortgage consultant. Both were athletes in school. They have a son Christopher (21) and a daughter Alexis (18).
The Southeys. Laurie, a fourth-grade teacher, is the only single parent in the group, raising straight A student Haley, who is 15.
The Mullennix/Goff/Hatcher family. This is the unusual blended family with a lesbian mom, her new girlfriend and her brother’s son, as well as her natural born son she had from a previous (heterosexual) marriage. Got that? Anyway, Clarissa “Chris” Mullennix, a staff accountant, has lived in the neighborhood for 11 years. Her girlfriend Renee. a graphic production artist, moved in last year. They take care of 18-year-old Nathanael, who is her brother’s son. And Keith, 17, is her son from a previous marriage.