‘Big Brother’ doubles up on secrets

CBS summer staple “Big Brother” is getting a million-dollar facelift for 2005 – in more ways than one. In addition to the show’s new digs, exec producers Arnold Shapiro and Allison Grodner have engineered a twist to the game that could result in the contest winner walking away with $1 million. That’s double the game’s usual $500,000 jackpot. Getting the coin won’t be easy, however. As part of their annual effort to reinvent the game of “Big Brother,” producers have come up with a scheme in which every cast member of “Big Brother 6” will walk into the house with a ready-made alliance – a best friend, co-worker or significant other. However, each pair of players will be told they’re the only two participants coming into the house with a partner – even though there will actually be seven teams of two playing the game. Teams also will be told to keep their alliances secret – at least if they want to win the big money. “The incentive is (for partners) to get to the end of the game sitting side by side,” said Grodner. “If they do, the winner will get $1 million and the second-place person will get $250,000. It’s in their best interests to keep it a secret.”

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