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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

ABC Pulls Plug on "Welcome to the Neighborhood"

Variety is reporting that ABC has decided not to air its new reality show "Welcome to the Neighborhood", a summer replacement for the popular series "Desperate Housewives." The series was supposed to make its debut July 10 in "Housewives"' regular Sunday night timeslot, but opposition from groups, some of which hadn't seen all the episodes caused the network to rethink its support of the controversial show, which featured a competition among people "in different social classes and ethnic groups" vying for a house in "a white, upper-middle class Texas community." Some groups thought the show violated fair housing laws. Others criticized what they saw as unfair portrayals of residents of the community as bigoted and unwelcoming. The show is not featured on ABC's website. It is not clear what if anything ABC plans to substitute for "Welcome to the Neighborhood."

Read Variety's story here. (subscription may be required).

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