SyFy orders Big Brother-like show that divides the house in half

Next year, Syfy will air a real-time reality competition series that sounds very much like Big Brother, but with a twist: Opposite Worlds will divide the house with a glass wall, and the two sides will somehow represent the past and future, “each with its own unique advantages and disadvantages,” according to the network.

The 12-episode, six-week series will air starting Jan. 21 and have “a live element” in its second weekly episode, a Syfy first. It’s produced by Eyeworks USA’s JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Brant Pinvidic, and Adam Kaloustian; that’s the company that used to be 3Ball Productions and used to produce The Biggest Loser, and which brought Splash to ABC last fall.

The show is a US adaptation of Chile’s Canal 13 series Mundos Opuestos, which had a yard space representing the present where the two groups could interact; the Syfy press release doesn’t mention that. In that series, competitions determined which person was eliminated and what side of the house everyone would live on.

You can watch that series below to get a sense of the show’s environment and game play, though it might be more enjoyable if you speak Spanish.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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