ABC is already getting into the singing competition game with this summer's Duets, and now it's taking on CBS' long-running Big Brother as well. The network has partnered with a former Big Brother producer to build The Glass House, which will air this summer.
Production begins in late May on The Glass House, which debuts June 18 at 10/9c and continues through August 20. On the show, 14 contestants will live together and compete for $250,000. Here's the twist: Viewers will also play an active role in the show's outcome via online and social networks. The audience can follow both the contestants they like and those they don't, and help determine which ones are sent home — and which eliminated contestants get to return to "The Glass House."
That means contestants may be locked inside the house, but they'll be connected to the outside world and viewers, who can give players feedback and critical information. People at home will also vote on what the contestants wear and eat, where they sleep and what games they play. "In the end, it's about who plays the best social game, and the most important alliance a player can gave is with their fans," the network says.
The Glass House will air without a host. Kenny Rosen, whose credits include Big Brother and Hell's Kitchen, will executive produce for Keep Calm and Carry On Prods., an in-house company that is also producing Duets.
The Glass House will air along with The Bachelorette (and starting July 23, Bachelor Pad) on Monday nights. The show joins a busy ABC summer schedule that includes Duets and Rookie Blue on Thursdays (starting May 24); Secret Millionaire and Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition starting June 3; Wipeout on Thursdays starting June 28; and new shows Trust Us With Your Life and Final Witness on Tuesdays beginning July 10.