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I am – Hercules!!

A revamped version of CBS’s “Big Brother,” the oft-reviled ratings smash (whose live Webcasts last summer transformed Hercules The Strong into a simpering virtual shut-in), is rocketing toward its debut!

According the Tuesday morning’s Daily Variety, this new version of “Big Brother” may – a la “Survivor” – let the housemates vote EACH OTHER off the series. (Last summer’s “Brother” only allowed the housemates to nominate each other; the home audience got to pick who actually got the boot).

The trade paper indicates that CBS execs are keeping quiet; Variety’s story is apparently based on this bit of blurb on the Web site:

“…this summer, the houseguests on BIG BROTHER will play by new rules and face new challenges. Now, BIG BROTHER is an exciting, cut-throat, dramatic COMPETITION that will require players to use brain, brawn and charm to win. One by one, each of the houseguests will be eliminated as the group votes them out…until only three guests remain and the TV audience picks the winner.”

Skeptical? Here’s the blurb and the story so that one may judge for one’s self.

Let the monkey-like howls of “‘Big Brother’ sucks!” begin anew!!!

I secretly CRAVE your defiance!!!

I am – Hercules!!

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  • March 27, 2001, 1:04 a.m. CST

    A hat trick!

    by Cap'n Slapnutz

    My third first!!! And I hereby give my solemn oath to never give a crap about first again..... have to got eat my fingernail clippings now. -cap'n-

  • March 27, 2001, 1:12 a.m. CST

    There goes my tan this summer....

    by Cap'n Slapnutz

    The Cap'n is pathetically hooked on that crap. Nothing like getting off work at midnight and getting home just in time to listen to the media whores getting drunk while Cap'n prepped Din Din! They still gonna have the lame ass theme song or will they have a Josie and The Pussycat tie -in? And will they market this with Target emblems and Duh-ree-toes and Mountain Dew? -cap'n-

  • March 27, 2001, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Big Brother Sucks!

    by L'Idiot

    And I suck even more for watching it. Live! 'Cause we're living today... feel the thrill of life!

  • March 27, 2001, 2:09 a.m. CST

    New rules suck

    by Monki

    I really liked the way it was set up last year, the idea of creating a survivor indoors is complete crap. We have one survivor already, keep it how it was CBS!!!

  • March 27, 2001, 3:27 a.m. CST

    24 hour webcams

    by dastickboy

    Apparently so, well, at least for the UK show. No cuts, no edits, no "power outtages" - and hopefully no pretentious pricks.

  • March 27, 2001, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Big Brother sucks donkey dick

    by B A Fett

    but Survivor RULES!

  • March 27, 2001, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Not the rules...

    by majorq007

    It wasn't the rules that sucked--the rules were good, they should keep them. It was the PEOPLE that were horrid, and the fact that the show was on EVERY SINGLE DAY. They should get more angrier and confrontational people on. They should also cut back the show to two nights a week--one live show, one weekly recap. this way, they wouldn't be filling up most of the time with mindless crap. This should could then thrive on the internet, where the CBS people would give access to all cameras, all the time.

  • March 27, 2001, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Well ...

    by timmer33

    Firstly, the people sucked. THey need 5 Megas and 5 Jordans to fill the place up. Secondly, the challenges SUCKED! Who cares about a domino game, a pie eating contest, etc. This new show could actually be entertaining ... as long as they pick the right people.

  • March 27, 2001, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Rating Smash my fat white ASS!

    by Vincent D.

    Yes, if 'Big Brother' was a ratings smash, then the XFL is the greatest sports league in history.

  • March 27, 2001, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Promising... I guess...

    by RevSam

    Big Brother could of been done a lot better, and I'm hoping CBS will learn for it's mistakes. Their biggest problem was they thought it was failing too much, so they kept on trying to change the show and make it better. Oh, and the cast sucked. Sucked big time.

  • March 27, 2001, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Too Much, Too Little

    by StevenWarp

    the problem with big brother was that CBS showed too much of it on TV, even when nothing was happening. and that the Internet screens to watch it on were way too small!!. Besides, the only way I'd watch it is if they put a camera in the shower.

  • March 27, 2001, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Big Brother can eat my big bantha poodoo

    by Pizza The Hut


  • March 27, 2001, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Big Brother

    by aunthannah

    You're kidding right? Sounds like the same lame premise they had last summer. Maybe instead of the chicken coop they should have a pig pen. Then they could have a contest to see who can butcher the hog the fastest or maybe a bacon curing task. Hey they could give each other mud wraps... Nah, they should just ditch the whole thing in the circular file.

  • March 27, 2001, 1:52 p.m. CST

    re: re: addendum

    by Oatu

    I'll burn my eyes out before I get out...

  • March 27, 2001, 4:31 p.m. CST


    by TheDukeofNewYork


  • March 27, 2001, 4:37 p.m. CST

    let me out of your scene

    by darth kubrick

    the problem with this show was the promise it held. CBS was drooling to have some people hook up on this show and from the start it was never going to happen. sure they'll go for the broad 'rudy to jenna' demographic, but what they really need are SINGLE people. not just unmarried, but completely unattached. i had to laugh when last year they were going to spice things up by putting that hot chick in there right before the end. so in her bio video she's sloshing around the beach in a nice bikini and then the first thing out of her mouth is how her 'boyfriend' thought it would be cool for her to do the show. doh! i mean, did they expect 'temptation island: the prequel'? what dopes. so again, SINGLE, SINGLE, SINGLE people. got it?

  • March 27, 2001, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Big Brother

    by Bad Guy

    Yeah...uh... that... was... a... good... show.... Can't... keep...eyes... open... getting... sleepy.... ZZZZZZZZZZ.

  • March 27, 2001, 9:44 p.m. CST


    by talkinghead

    "It's like Survivor.....You know.....but a house...."

  • March 28, 2001, 5:47 a.m. CST


    by enigma

    Hell if we brits can od the celeb version of big brother why the hell can't you yanks. oh and survivor sucks

  • March 28, 2001, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Australian Big Brother

    by enjoy_movies

    Visit the following site.

  • March 29, 2001, 10:57 p.m. CST

    BB is not Survivor - THANK GOD FOR THAT!

    by Zachsmind

    MQBlank is the only one in this talkback whose words honestly grok BB1. It is NOT Survivor. In fact, making it more like Survivor is what hurts the show. It needs its own voice, its own identity and its own rules. The more people in there, the more cramped it gets and the more annoyed the participants are of each other. Banishment is a waste of time. Everything they're doing with BB is opposite what they should do, because they're using Survivor as the model. I got a list of twenty things that would improve BB, but I won't bore you with it. What's the point? No one has the balls to do this show the way it should be done. Suffice it to say so long as this idea is filtered through network suits, we'll get a watered down version of what coulda been. Big Brother is NOT Survivor. If the network types ever get that through their thick skulls, this show might actually become more than just a barely satisfactory summer replacement for reruns. I was a fan though. Brittany rocks. George was a hoot. Curtis was a pleasant surprise. Anybody who disses the people actually on the show can bite my bohiney. All ten of them are winners. YOU apply to get on the show and do your time. THEN and only then will you have the necessary criteria to judge them harshly. The ten houseguests last year were great, from Will Mega on one side of the spectrum to Cassandra on the other. They were intriguing people with blemishes, scars, virtues and vices, strengths, shining moments, and subtle nuances. From Eddie's big foul mouth to Jamie's quiet habitual glances in the mirror, this show spoke volumes to the Human Condition. It's not a pretty picture, but we hairless apes do have our moments of greatness in the smallest of things. The people chosen to participate as houseguests are not at fault for BB1 being less than it could have been. It's how the show is executed that makes BB a laughing stock.

  • March 30, 2001, 10:51 a.m. CST

    What really needs go

    by Penter

    Vote off available beds instead of contestants!! Sexual tension = ratings gold! Seriously though, the producers should take advantage of the "Lab Experiment" premise by messing with the contestants heads more. For example, promise great rewards that aren't what they seem. Like a collection of CD's; all polka and Kathy Lee. Or bring in a cute little dog with distemper. An atmosphere where the residents are rebelling against the producers would be riveting! How far could Big Brother push them before they started vandalizing the set? That would be truly original television. Turn the contestants desire to be on TV on its head. Bring on the sadistic practical jokes. Any ideas talkbackers?