You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Inside move: ‘Big’ shot aims at ‘Lost’

'Survivor' members to guest on Eye skein

The 2001-02 season hasn’t even started yet, but the competition already is getting brutal.

CBS has decided to air a special episode of its summer reality success “Big Brother 2” on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m. — smack-dab against the premiere of NBC’s limited-run reality skein “Lost.”

What’s more, the “Big Brother” spec is expected to feature a visit from members of the original cast of the Eye’s megasuccessful “Survivor.” No word yet on details, but insiders speculate the ex-survivors will be involved in some sort of competition with the “Brother” houseguests.

The “Brother” stunting comes after NBC’s decision to air an original episode of the Peacock summer smash “Fear Factor” opposite the 9 p.m. Sept. 5 bow of the Eye’s much-hyped “Amazing Race.”

CBS topper Leslie Moonves said the special “Brother” isn’t simply retaliation for NBC’s aggressive scheduling. ” ‘Big Brother’ is a better lead-in for ‘The Amazing Race,’ ” Moonves said.

NBC Entertainment prexy Jeff Zucker said the CBS move was “expected.”

“All is fair in love and war,” he said. “Payback is hell.”

Meanwhile, CBS continues to work on new reality projects. The latest concept in development, called “The Farm,” has city slickers fighting it out rural-style.

More TV

  • DF-10193 – L-R: Ben Hardy (Roger Taylor),

    'Bohemian Rhapsody' Leads MPSE Golden Reel Awards for Sound Editing

    “Bohemian Rhapsody” followed up love from Cinema Audio Society sound mixers with a pair of honors at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 66th annual Golden Reel Awards Sunday night. The musical biopic scored wins for dialogue and ADR as well as sound editing in a musical. The film is nominated for sound editing at the Oscars [...]

  • Melissa McCarthy as "Lee Israel" and

    WGA Awards 2019: 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?,' 'Eighth Grade' Win Screenplay Awards

    In a pair of upsets, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” has won the Writers Guild of America’s adapted screenplay award for Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty and Bo Burnham has won the original screenplay award for “Eighth Grade.” The major television trophies went to “The Americans,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Homeland” and “Barry” for the [...]

  • 50 Cent Power

    NYPD Officer Under Investigation for Allegedly Telling Police to Shoot 50 Cent 'on Sight'

    A New York City precinct commander is under investigation for allegedly telling officers to shoot rapper 50 Cent on sight, a police rep confirmed to Variety on Sunday. “The matter is under internal review,” an NYPD rep said, declining to answer further questions. Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez is accused of telling officers during a June 7 roll [...]

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    'Bohemian Rhapsody,' 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Among Cinema Audio Society Winners

    Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” won the Cinema Audio Society’s top prize for sound mixing at Saturday night’s 55th annual CAS Awards. The film is Oscar-nominated for sound mixing this year along with “Black Panther,” “First Man,” “Roma” and “A Star Is Born.” In a surprise over heavy-hitters “Incredibles 2” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Wes [...]

  • Marvelous Mrs Maisel Vice

    'Vice,' 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Lead Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Winners

    Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice,” starring Oscar nominees Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell, won two awards at the sixth annual Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Saturday night. The film won for best period and/or character makeup as well as special makeup effects. “Mary Queen of Scots” received the prize for period [...]

  • Jussie Smollett Good Morning America

    Jussie Smollett Angrily Denies Complicity in Attack

    Attorneys for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett issued a statement Saturday denying that he orchestrated his Jan. 29 assault, and saying he is “angered” and “devastated” by recent developments in the case. Chicago police want to interview Smollett, after learning new evidence from two Nigerian brothers who were released on Friday night. Local media outlets have [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content