NBCUniversal-owned Telemundo will air Gran Hermano, a Spanish language version of the format that became CBS’ Big Brother.
The competition will have “a U.S. Hispanic cast” of 14 players, according to the network, and air over 13 weeks. It will be broadcast to the Internet via “a 24-hour digital hub at Telemundo.com that allows viewers to check in on the housemates whenever they choose and see events unfold in real time.” (Hopefully its feeds will actually be more 24/7 than CBS’ frequently cut ones.)
The show is being produced by Endemol Shine North America via its Endemol Shine Latino division, and in a statement, Endemol Shine’s CEOs Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin said “our team has developed an exciting new version that we believe will resonate with the Spanish-language viewers here in the U.S.”
Spain, Argentina, Colombia, and Ecuador have aired versions of the format called Gran Hermano, while Chile, Peru, and Ecuador teamed up for 2005’s Gran Hermano del Pacifico.