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.

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