ABC plans The Golden Cage, where contestants live like millionaires, have servants, prostitutes

ABC is producing The Golden Cage, a reality show that could run for years and will have contestants living in a mansion and, if the ABC is anything like the Dutch version, being serviced by prostitutes.

The series is produced by Big Brother creator John de Mol, and it borrows heavily from his baby. The 10 contestants will be housed “in a luxury mansion in which they live like millionaires — think servants, lavish parties and, in the case of the current Dutch skein, prostitutes,” Variety reports. However, they won’t be locked inside; instead, “[t]hey have limited contact with friends and family, winning visits or time out of the house via competitions.”

The last person standing “wins the house, as well as a major cash prize.” However, the series won’t have a set time limit. Instead, “contestants could end up staying in the house for months, if not years. The only way players are dismissed from the game is if they choose to leave, or if every other member of the house agrees to vote them off during twice-monthly ‘firings,’” Variety reports.

Just like Big Brother, there will be 24/7 web feeds, although “innovations in cameras and lighting give the show a different feel from most reality” shows, according to Variety.

de Mol said that the series is “an open-ended reality show where nobody knows how long it’s going to last. The format is so bloody simple, you wonder why we haven’t thought of it before. … It’s all on a much higher level. It feels like a drama.”

Reality is ‘Golden’ for De Mol and ABC [Variety]

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