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CBS’s “There Goes the Neighborhood” big wall reality show names Kennesaw families

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 rho@ajc.com. 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.

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— TV Tattle

July 23rd, 2009
9:44 pm

[...] during the course of a week in Total Viewers (+14% – 1.45 million vs. 1.27 million).” Meet CBS’ walled-off “There Goes the Neighborhood” families They include a mixed-religion family, a mixed-race family and a family helmed by a Steve Wozniak [...]

Rodney Ho

July 23rd, 2009
9:57 pm

TV Tattle noted that Jeff Degirolamos above looks like Steve Wozniak. I might have to do a side by side comparison once the show starts…

does it matter

July 24th, 2009
10:10 am

He does not look like steve, he looks like big Jeff!

Andy

July 24th, 2009
10:27 am

I’m glad the families seem to be the kind that could benefit from the prize money. I’d rather see that than have them tape in alpharetta or midtown.

Johnson

July 24th, 2009
11:26 pm

brad

July 27th, 2009
12:17 am

show looks like a lot of fun, like the host Matt Roger in “Really big things”.

Whatever

July 27th, 2009
11:57 am

Wonder how many people would think it looks like a lot of fun would think the same if it were majority african americans on the show??? I guess it’s o.k. to allow one of them as long as he’s married to a white woman, right??

Just askin…

Rule .303

July 27th, 2009
2:28 pm

Actually I see 3 “African-Americns.” I guess you don’t consider our president an African-American. In any case, why did you only decide to single out the perceived ‘exclusion of African-Americans? Or do you dislike Indians, Pakistanis, Greeks, Arabs, Germans, Turks, Armenians, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Mexicans, Cubans, Venezualans?…etc, etc.

Dumbass!

Just Looking

July 27th, 2009
9:54 pm

Enter your comments here

Emily archer

July 28th, 2009
10:15 pm

MY FAMILY WOULD KICK SOME BUTT!

Jean Burns

July 29th, 2009
10:04 pm

Good luck Bussiere’s

Cathy from Maynard, MA

July 29th, 2009
10:29 pm

Good luck Bussiere’s!!!

caren

August 2nd, 2009
8:09 pm

Unnamed sports arena…hummm can we say Philips Arena.

Michele

August 3rd, 2009
4:10 pm

Good Luck Bussieres – - I know you will do great!

Tim Ludwig

August 5th, 2009
11:20 am

My name is Tim Ludwig. I live in Lima, Ohio. I am completely embarrassed and ashamed that my 1st blood cousin, Theresa Upshaw(GASP!), is on here. When are women going to get there heads out of the sand and stop mixing races? It is disgusting! Two lesbians, yikes! What a screwed up neighborhood they have!

Gina

August 5th, 2009
6:23 pm

Go Southeys!! We’re rooting for you!

Mary Cain

August 5th, 2009
8:40 pm

Good Luck Southeys! You deserve to win!

Just Looking

August 5th, 2009
10:09 pm

Tim, when are YOU going to take your head out of the sand? Take a flying leap into at least the 20th century…and get back on your meds.

Diane

August 5th, 2009
10:39 pm

Go Laurie and Haley–you both work so hard! I sure do love that new table in the backyard!

arts

August 6th, 2009
6:38 am

Tim you need a big hug. Hopefully you find Jesus!

Randy

August 7th, 2009
11:09 am

Whatever: If they had all black family’s it wouldn’t be watched at all! plus it would then be on BET and called In The Hood not on CBS. So, why don’t you keep your black racist stupid comments to your self.

Kim Wood

August 9th, 2009
8:47 pm

Since I know Jeff, of course I’m voting for The Degirolamos!!! Good luck!!!

luka

August 9th, 2009
9:31 pm

Tim Ludwig, I hope your cousin’s husband and son kick your nuts (if you have any) far enough that you choke on them when they get out of the neighborhood. You incorrectly used the word “there” (correction “their”), so it’s obvious you’re an ignorant ’son of a swine’ so America can’t fault you too much.

bostongirl72

August 9th, 2009
10:28 pm

What a geat show!! The bussiere family make me so proud to say they are my friends!

JC

August 26th, 2009
10:15 am

Go Upshaws!!!!! Go to hell Tim!!!

chicagchick

August 26th, 2009
9:21 pm

I really like the Upshaw’s and the Nelson’s but no matter what I think the prducers of this show might have over~stepped with this kind of a reality show…neighbor VS neighbor??? what happens to the neighbors after the show ends…to many emotions & I see people moving out of an out~N~out full blown battle field…this is going to be hard…

Dakota

August 27th, 2009
9:38 pm

GO SCHINDLER family! i love this show! it’s my favorite!(:

really

August 30th, 2009
10:30 pm

i think this show allows society to present its true colors of hate that exist in the shollow context of our society. we (the white family)hate so easy things that are different from our own because we simply don’t have the capacity to deal with the black, the mixed, the gay, ext…

Melodi

September 6th, 2009
9:40 pm

My sister is friends with Carliegh. We were disappointed she didn’t get to talk much. We asked Carliegh if her neighborhood is messed up now and she said yeah XD

RT

September 8th, 2009
9:57 am

I’m a friend of Ricardo Upshaw’s. I’m shocked by the comment from Tim, how cruel and biggoted those comments were.

All I have to say is, “Ricardo, can I have your old TV?” hehe.

Go Upshaws.

Greg

September 8th, 2009
5:45 pm

The most difficult thing to do is to compete for a lot of money against people you have emotional ties with. Especially when some of those people are experiencing financial difficulties. With that said, I think the Mullennix family has it all wrong when they say money matters more than family/money is equal to family. If a family pools their resources together AND sticks together, there is no obstacle on earth that can tear the family apart. When a family lets materialism and mixed morals get in the way, then that family is on the verge of destruction. The Johnstons’ said it best. Family matters more. They have no problem walking out of that game without the prize as long as they can keep their family together. I have a lot of respect for the Johnston family for saying that. This is the example that needs to be promoted in America and the world.
With that said, it has been an interesting show watching these families compete. I love the all the families that have participated and I am glad that the last three families left are the Upshaws, Johnstons and the Schindlers. I would be happy with any of these three if they win. Although if the Schindlers wanna persue music/entertainment careers, hit me up. I’ll introduce them to some people.

TriciaC

October 6th, 2009
2:32 pm

OMG,,,to funny Randy,,,Whatever= your a idiot! This is suppose to be a family show not a drug dealing,drivebye,profaned,Bush dont like black people show!All thats for lower class americans.Keep all that on your channel .Im excited to see this show.And Im not pejudist I just cant stand hearing people like u crying about everything.If u dont like it go back to ur dam country.No 1’s keeping u hear.

Steve O

November 2nd, 2009
2:05 pm

Live…Love…Laugh….
When I seen that on the Upshaws wall, it brought tears to my eyes. I wish I lived with neighbors as cool as those people. And in particular, I would love to shoot some darts with Jeff D, sip a brew in the ‘Arena’ with Nelly and Johnston or watch a game on Upsahws fancy tv. My niece would love the fancy clothes the girls now have. Great gusy all around!