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'The Walking Dead' encloses a Senoia neighborhood with 15-foot wall


"The Walking Dead" is replicating 2009 CBS reality show "There Goes the Neighborhood" (shown above) by building a 15-foot wall around several homes. CREDIT: Rodney Ho

Associated Press reports that AMC's "The Walking Dead" has received clearance to enclose a Senoia neighborhood of about 10 homes with a 15-foot wall, apparently as a new safe haven from walkers.

It will be built soon and be up through November, which means it will be a major plot location for the second half of the season.

The story said the wall will be made to look like concrete but really isn't.

This reminds me of a CBS summer reality series that aired in 2009 called "There Goes the Neighborhood."  The producers built 20-foot walls around several homes in Kennesaw. Seven families were "walled off" from the rest of the world (no Internet, no TV) and competed in challenges. The winning family took home $250,000. Matt Rogers hosted.

Here was the preview I wrote in July, 2009 about the show

Since kids were involved, the challenges were very "Survivor" lite. It ultimately made for less-than-compelling TV.  I talked to the final three families at the time. They claimed it didn't cause any long-term friction among the neighbors.

The show in the end didn't do particularly well in the ratings (starting at the same time as the now hugely successful ABC series "Shark Tank") and was not given a second season.

AMC has not announced a season five launch date for "The Walking Dead" but it will likely be sometime in October.



The show opened modestly and

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