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'Big Brother' Is a Different Game In the U.S., Says Julie Chen (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 7th 2011 2:00PM
Julie Chen of 'Big Brother' on 'The Early Show''Big Brother' is an international phenomenon, with versions in the U.K., Germany, Spain, Sweden and Brazil, among other countries. But the American version is unique, according to host Julie Chen and executive producer Allison Grodner, who spoke about the show Thursday on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS). The voting is different, and surprisingly, the relationships between contestants have been more chaste.

When the U.S. version of the show started, it followed the pattern of having viewers vote weekly to evict contestants. That soon changed. "I found out that Americans, we don't like conflict," said Chen. "Americans voted out the most interesting players in the game." Grodner said they had to take the power of the vote away from the viewers to keep the show interesting, ultimately giving that power to the houseguests.

Chen also mentioned that in other versions of the show, viewers watch to see which contestants will hook up. In the U.K., the Netherlands, and Italy, "strangers were having sex like three days in," she said. In the U.S., we tend to leave that for the 'Jersey Shore.'

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