Friday, May 18, 2012

ABC: Come Get Us, CBS

By the looks of it, ABC is moving forward with their plan to debut "The Glass House" on Monday June 18th.  Lawsuit be damned.

From this brief description of the show on their website, it sounds oddly reminiscent of the British version of Big Brother.  In England, the live feed is free for viewers, but it isn't live 24-7.  Instead, the live feed displays regularly-scheduled live feed spots, and then previously-shown footage over and over (and over) and appears heavily edited.  I think the British fans decide who is evicted, too.

It's interesting that the show debuts at 10:00 PM, rather than earlier on the prime time schedule.  Not for children?  Foul language?  Brief nudity?  Since this is from the network that brought the world The Bachelor Pad, I would say the answer is Yes, Yes, and Hell Yes.

It would be funny if the house were filled with all of the former male "straight" Bachelors, wouldn't it?  I'd tune in to watch Jake Pavelka flirt with Alex Michel and Andy Baldwin.

Courtesy of the ABC Website:

About the Show

Introducing an exciting and interactive real-time reality competition where the viewers are in charge!

The Glass House features fourteen contestants living and competing for a quarter million dollars in a totally wired, state-of-the-art house. But the contestants aren’t just playing the game with each other – they’re also playing the game to win over the audience each week.
Through online and their social networks, viewers will be encouraged to support and follow the contestants they like and those they don’t.  Viewer votes will help determine which contestants are sent home and also which eliminated players will earn the chance to return to “The Glass House” to compete each week.
Viewer feedback doesn’t end there!  Several times a week, viewers can watch a live online feed of the players and vote to decide everything from what they wear and eat, to the games they play, even where they sleep.  Viewers will also have the chance to give their favorite players feedback on their game from outside the house.  How the contestants use that information is up to them, because in the end it’s about who plays the best social game and the most important alliance a player can have is with their fans!

“The Glass House” premieres MONDAY, JUNE 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on The ABC Television Network.