- The Washington Times - Monday, July 2, 2007

Oh, ‘Brother’

There will be plenty of drama in the “Big Brother” house this summer, if the CBS casting department has anything to say about it.

On Thursday, the network announced that this season’s big twist is that some of the cast members will be shocked to discover they’re sharing cramped living quarters with rivals, enemies and antagonists, Zap2it.com reports.

CBS hasn’t revealed how many of the 14 guests will be surprised with people from their pasts, but that won’t be the only curveball.

One of the shut-ins has been selected as “America’s Player,” and at the end of each episode (starting with Sunday’s premiere), viewers can vote on an assignment for America’s Player to complete. It may be a personal action, a strategic choice or a voting decision.

America’s Player can’t tell any of the other contestants that he or she is acting on the whims of online voters, and America’s Player can be voted off at any time just like any other player. But if America’s Player succeeds at giving the people what they want, there will be financial rewards.

Meanwhile, this season’s mostly youthful “Big Brother” cast looks much more like participants on MTV’s “The Real World.” Of the 14 cast members, all but three are in their 20s and none are older than 44-year-old Dick, a bar manager from Los Angeles. The cast includes the usual assortment of waitresses, students and receptionists — and there’s also Jameka, a 28-year-old school counselor from Waldorf, Md.

Yabba, dabba marathon

The Cartoon Network’s retro channel filled with the animation the boomer generation grew up with will air all 166 episodes of “The Flintstones” in chronological order and without commercials during the Fourth of July holiday. It’s the first time the network has run a marathon of all the episodes in a series, says Broadcasting & Cable magazine.

The holiday stunt will begin Wednesday at 6 a.m. and run until Saturday at 5 p.m. A bit of trivia: The show’s pilot episode was called “The Flagstones.

“The Flintstones” was TV’s first animated prime-time sitcom when it debuted in 1960 on ABC — and, essentially, was an homage to “The Honeymooners” team of Jackie Gleason and Art Carney.

Not so single Scotty?

Scott Baio has a new reality show coming to VH-1 called “Scott Baio Is 45 … and Single.”

The only problem is, Mr. Baio isn’t really single reports TVWeek.com.

According to stories published by Contactmusic.com and TVSquad.com, the former “Happy Days” actor is actually in a long-term relationship with former Playboy Playmate Renee Sloan.

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