In a six-part reality series premiering SUNDAY, JULY 10 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), one of seven diverse families will win a beautiful dream home on a perfect suburban cul-de-sac in Austin, Texas. But in order to win the luxuriously furnished and opulently appointed house, they must first win over the very people who will be most affected by the ultimate decision -- the next-door neighbors.
During the process, relationships become strained, fears are confronted, secrets are revealed, expectations surpassed and the inner-workings of all of the competing families are exposed.
But with every encounter with these families, the opinionated neighbors' pre-conceived assumptions and prejudices are also chipped away, and they learn that, while on the outside we may appear different, deep inside we share many common bonds. The judges find themselves learning to see people, not stereotypes.
The three neighborhood families who will be judging the competing families all love their quiet, picturesque community and are used to a certain kind of neighbor -- one who looks and thinks just like them. It will be up to this watchful group to decide who should move into the dream house next door and who should be sent packing.
Each week the competing families participate in a challenge given by the judging neighbors. This challenge could be in the form of an event or a competition, but there is always an unforeseen twist or turn that will reveal the families' true nature to the judges.
The family who wins the challenge that week will be given an all-important "free pass," thereby becoming exempt from elimination that particular week. By episode's end, the neighborhood judges will determine which one of the remaining families will be eliminated, thus losing their chance to win the house.
Each competing family ends up taking the neighborhood judges on an emotional journey that opens eyes and hearts. In the end, one family's life will definitely change when they win the deed to the house and move into the pristine home. But much to the surprise of everyone involved, a whole community experiences a transformation.
The stakes are high. The families are real. And the neighborhood will never be the same.
Welcome to the Neighborhood is from MGM, New Screen Concepts and the Jay and Tony Show Productions, with Rob Lee, Chuck Bangert, Lou Gorfain, Jay Blumenfield and Tony Marsh serving as executive producers. The series premieres Sunday, July 10, 2005 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET).