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Big Brother Adds New Twist to Season 12

Julie Chen

Big Brother producers are adding another level of treachery a la The Mole with what they've labeled a "saboteur."

When the show premieres Thursday, July 8 at 8/7c on CBS, one of the houseguests will have a separate mission: to sabotage the rest of them. This player's goal will be unknown to the rest of the cast. Viewers, however, will learn the person's identity July 15 — when the first live show airs.

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Top Moments: Big Brother Bugs Out, Whitney Houston Cracks

Whitney Houston, Denis Leary

This week kind of caught us off-guard. The star of one of our favorite shows got shot. An egg just kind of appeared. Mad Men's Don was nice to Betty, for once. And what was up with Whitney Houston? Welcome to Top Moments, curveball edition. read more

British Reality Star Jade Goody Dies at 27

Jade Goody

British reality star Jade Goody has died following a seven-month battle with cervical cancer. She was 27.

Goody died in her sleep Sunday morning, which was Mother's Day in the U.K., with her mother, Jackiey Budden, and her husband, Jack Tweed, at her side.

A former dental assistant, Goody rose to fame in 2002 on the British version of Big Brother. In 2007, she sparked controversy when ...
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Dr. Drew Diagnoses the Harsh Reality of Reality TV

Dr. Drew Pinsky says that when a person's reality run abruptly ends, it can leave them with a feeling of "deep abandonment."

In August 2005, a dream came true for Paula Goodspeed. Having made it to the third round of American Idol's Season 5 auditions, she stood across a table from Paula Abdul, of whom she was a longtime fan. Minutes later, Goodspeed was subject to the frank sort of criticism the Idol panel is known to dish out. (Randy Jackson, for one, summed up her skills as "terrible.") Three years later, Goodspeed would take her own life outside Abdul's Los Angeles home.

The Goodspeed tragedy has prompted many to ask anew: Do the demands of reality television make it difficult for some people to face their "moment like this," or the dark moments that can follow?

Psychological screening processes often are involved at the early stages, yet ... read more

ABC Vetoes Big Brother "Sequel"

ABC has passed on the chance to acquire Golden Cage, the successor to Big Brother, citing no, not highbrow tastes, but prohibitive production costs. According to the Reporter, Golden Cage — which has broadcast in the Netherlands — has strangers cohabitate in a luxurious house with one goal: to irritate the other inhabitants into submission. Last man standing gets the house. Out here, we call that "a Hamptons share." — MWM read more

Big Brother to Offer Usual Summer Lovin'

Despite the best efforts of the Idol juggernaut to squash the life out of the special winter edition of Big Brother, CBS will in fact serve up the usual summer cycle as well. A premiere date has not yet been set.Similarly, says the Reporter, Fox may wind up with back-to-back editions of Hell's Kitchen on its 2008 menu, having ordered a double run for this latest production cycle. Hell's returns in mid-April.What's your take? Does Big Brother risk overexposure? Might back-to-back Hell's Kitchens be overindulgent? read more

Winter Edition of Big Brother Turns Up the Heat

Big Brother's Julie Chen by Cliff Lipson/CBS

How is a special edition of Big Brother — that show about people who lay around half-naked doing nothing all summer — possibly going to work in the dead of winter? "By turning up the heat — and that's not just a publicity slogan," says Allison Grodner, exec producer of the CBS hit. "The house is usually air-conditioned, but no longer. It's going to get quite hot inside. I think you're going to see a lot more people taking off their clothes." This ninth season of BB has a big twist that's also designed to amp up the steam factor: All of the 16 houseguests (which include a "bikini barista" and a Hollywood paparazzo) are single, available and looking for love. (See the full cast here.) "Through research and compatibility testing, they've been teamed in the house with their perfect love match — their soulmate as it were — and they'll play the game as partners," Grodner says. "They'll live together, share HOH and POV wins and be evicted as a couple. This may prov... read more

A Sneak Peak Inside the Big Brother House

Kimberly Caldwell, TV Guide Network

To kick off the ninth season of Big Brother (which premieres Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 9 pm/ET), CBS invited eight members of the media to experience life in the house for 12 hours. We sent TV Guide Network's Kimberly Caldwell, cohost of Idol Tonight and Reality Chat. Here, the former American Idol finalist shares her experience. I'm not just a huge fan of Big Brother — I'm a huge psycho fan! So when I was asked to live in the house, I was like, "Wow, OK, cool!" Then I got scared. Twelve hours? Who are they gonna put me with? What's gonna happen to me? I mean, I really like watching the show, but I don't want to be one of those people! Do I? But I got it together and went and, naturally, over­packed. I've seen those challenges where you end up getting soak read more

Logo's Sordid New Series, Big Brother's Dark Side

Olivia Newton-John by John Shearer/ WireImage.com

Logo has greenlit a dozen episodes of Sordid Lives: The Series, based on the 1996 play and 2000 film of the same name. Slated for a fall premiere, Sordid Lives stars Bonnie Bedelia (Heart Like a Wheel), Beth Grant (No Country for Old Men), Rue McLanahan, Olivia Newton-John and Caroline Rhea — many of whom are reprising their roles from the play's previous incarnations — while Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace) will reprise in several episodes his role of Brother Boy.... As it did for the previous season of the CBS series, Showtime's SHO2 will air Big Brother: After Dark, a nightly (and live) three-hour feed from inside the house. The racy fun begins Feb. 12 at midnight ET. read more

A Winter of TV Discontent?

Skeet Ulrich in Jericho by Cliff Lipson/CBS

Just a thought: If the strike lasts much longer, do you think CBS' Big Brother house has room for all of us? I joke, of course, but I also fear that if things don't get resolved soon, it's going to be a long, cold winter indeed for fans of good old everyday regular non-reality TV.In the last few days, we’ve seen cliff-hanger episodes of Desperate Housewives and Heroes that felt like season finales, and for all we know, that’s what they might be, if production doesn’t resume early in the new year for the back half of their seasons. For the first month of the writers’ strike, viewers didn’t feel much pain (except for fans of late-night comedy, the first casualty) because we were in a sweeps month chock-full of original episodes. Life went on as usual. That’s about to end. There are scattered episodes of many series yet to air in December, and a few leftovers for early 2008. But come the new year, the TV landscape’s going to start looking mighty diffe... read more

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Premiered: July 05, 2000, on CBS
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Premise: The lives of disparate housemates are captured on-camera 24/7 over a three-month period, with one person getting the boot every week (originally it was every two weeks). The last to leave wins $500,000. The intrusive Orwellian premise drew its share of critical barbs, but the series was popular enough to spawn a number of sequels.

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