‘BIG BROTHER 2′: IF THE HOUSE IS A-ROCKIN’ …

The first season of “Big Brother” gave CBS better-than-usual summer ratings among young viewers, but for some reason, in terms of overall popularity, the U.S. reality TV show couldn’t hold a candle to its counterparts across Europe. That prompted CBS and Netherlands-based Endemol Entertainment to break with the European formula and give veteran producer redone re·done  

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Shapiro said the biggest problem he saw in the first season was uninspired casting, as many TV critics and columnists complained at the time.

What a group

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There may be more inherent conflict this time in discussing musical tastes (Autumn loves Madonna, Hardy can’t stand her), sports (most houseguests favor football, except Bunky, who lives for pro wrestling) or what to fix for dinner (several mentioned meat, fish or poultry as their favorite foods, but Alan Greenspan Alan Greenspan

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If a civil war erupts, the Southerners outnumber those from the North and West eight to four.

Larger and overall prettier cast of characters aside, Shapiro has made significant changes in the format, borrowing some of the ideas from CBS’ phenomenon “Survivor.” For example:

The houseguests will vote to evict someone each week instead of viewers casting ballots every other week. (But don’t look for a torch-snuffing ceremony on the patio. Shapiro says it will be different from that trademark “Survivor” ritual.)

The challenges will be more frequent and more directly tied to life in the “Big Brother” house, as opposed to, say, identifying which individuals on a list of famous names are still alive.

The groceries, including beer and wine, will come as rewards for successful competitions rather than purchased with a per-person allowance.

Better surroundings

The home decor is vastly improved over last season, with warm polished woods replacing the splinter-inflicting raw pine chairs, tables and bed frames. The dining table is round rather than rectangular (large enough for 12 now but to be replaced with smaller-diameter ones as the group shrinks). The living room furniture is more comfortable, the house expanded from 1,800 square feet to 2,400, and the palette far easier on the eyes than the Crayola meltdown of a year ago.

The yard still features that dinky, shallow pool, but the patio is more inviting with Julie Chen Julie Suzanne Chen (born January 6, 1970) is an American television personality, news anchor, journalist, and producer for CBS, and is the wife of Leslie Moonves. She has 12 years of newscasting experience.  is back as the Thursday night live show’s host, but she will be hanging out in a small studio in the new, improved front yard of the house rather than a nearby soundstage with a live audience.

The Red Room (could they have picked a more antagonistic color?) is larger, redone in eyes on the prize Eyes on the Prize is a 14-hour documentary series about the American Civil Rights Movement that aired in two parts. Part one, six hours long, originally aired on PBS in early 1987 as Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years (1954-1965). .

“To a person, the 12 people we’ve selected have said that he or she will win,” Shapiro said. “Because they are so outspoken and because they are so determined to win at any cost, I can only imagine the sparks that are about to fly on many levels.”

MEET THE HOUSEGUESTS

Name: AUTUMN

Occupation: Accountant/singer

Age: 28

Hometown: Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz’), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  

Name: San Antonio San Antonio (săn ăntō`nēō, əntōn`), city (1990 pop. 935,933), seat of Bexar co., S central Tex., at the source of the San Antonio River; inc. 1837.  

Name: SHERYL

Occupation: Interior designer

Age: 43

Hometown: Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Name: WILL

Occupation: Physician

Age: 28

Hometown: Miami

“BIG BROTHER 2”

What: Reality TV.

Where: CBS.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Saturday, Tuesday, beginning tonight.

CAPTION(S):

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Photo:

(1 — cover — color) House PARTY 2

`Big Brother’ returns tonight with an all-new cast, coed sleeping arrangements and an anything-goes attitude

(2) New on “Big Brother 2”: comfy living room furniture and a more visually pleasing color palette.

(3) AUTUMN

(4) KENT

(5) NICOLE

(6) BUNKY

(7) KRISTA

(8) SHANNON

(9) HARDY

(10) MIKE

(11) SHERYL

(12) JUSTIN

(13) MONICA

(14) WILL

Box: Meet the Houseguests (see text)

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