On Sunday, we finally find out what was going on behind those 20-foot walls in a Kennesaw suburban subdivision over three weeks in June and July.
CBS’s “There Goes the Neighborhood” debuts at 9 p.m. for a seven-episode week run. The show has elements of “Big Brother” by trapping folks inside the confines of the big wall. There is some level of deprivation that is similar to both that show and “Survivor.” And like their CBS brethren, the families have to eliminate each other.
Eight families battle it out for $250,000.
“It’s going to get rough and there are going to some feelings hurt,” said one of the cast members, Tom Bussiere, on the show. “People are solely going to be concerned with getting the $250,000.”
I got a copy of the first episode and here’s a little teaser of what to expect.
-At the end of the first day, the electricity is cut off. The families did not know they’d be deprived of the Web, the TV, videogames and worst yet, air conditioning.
“We’re going to be in Atlanta in the summertime without air conditioning?” bemoans Tom Bussiere.
The answer: yes.
-The first challenge involves firehoses and mud (left) It’s not nearly as elaborate or interesting as a “Survivor” or even the dopiest of the “Big Brother” challenges.
-The first family to win a challenge got to pick the two other families up for elimination.
-The dynamics are different from “Survivor” or “Big Brother” because everyone knows each other and have for years. Plus, they all know they are going to have to live as neighbors after the show is over. That alone colors all their decisions when it comes to getting rid of competitors.
-Each family is given a short-hand description on the screen. The Mullenix’s include lesbian parents so they’re dubbed “Two moms.” The Bussieres have kids, parents and a grandparent in the home so they’re dubbed “Three Generations.” The Schindlers have the smallest kids so they are called “The Young Bunch.”
The most amusing nickname: “The Loud Ones.” This is given to the wily
DeGirolamos. And yes, the father looks like Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple.
The strangest nickname: “The Southerners,” handed to the Nelsons, possibly because they have the strongest accents.
But isn’t everyone on the show essentially a Southerner since they live in Atlanta?
It’s too early based on this one episode to gauge who will come out the most villainous, who (if anybody) will be considered virtuous or who might have the best shot to win. And CBS did not provide the final five minutes of the show in which we learn who is first axed.
And will it be a hit? It’s the middle of the summer and with only a seven-episode run, expectations are modest. At least CBS placed it on Sunday night, when viewership is reasonably high.