Originally created 07/01/03

CBS adds twist to fourth edition of 'Big Brother'



NEW YORK -- It's hard enough living in a camera-filled house for three months with a bunch of strangers. Now, imagine if your ex-flame is one of them.

That's the twist CBS-TV is using for the fourth season of its reality series "Big Brother," which premieres July 8.

The series follows a group of people living together in a California house. Houseguests vote each other out one by one. At the end of three months, the last remaining houseguest will receive the grand prize of $500,000.

CBS is hoping the "ex-factor" will make this summer's edition unique.

"No reality show has ever done what we're about to do," executive producer Arnold Shapiro said Monday. "The result is unpredictable. The only certainty is that everyone involved will be shocked and will likely have to rethink their strategy."

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