Notes: CBS premiered Big Brother on Wednesday, July 5. The show followed the mega-successful Survivor, also on CBS. Big Brother kicked off like a mix between a sporting event and a movie premier. News reader Julie Chen, of CBS' Early Show hosted the event drawing criticism for blurring the lines between news and entertainment. First, there was a tour of the house where selected strangers will live amid cameras and microphones to record their every act. Then the cast arrived to cheering crowds, were interviewed and went inside where they will live until one-by-one they are excluded by votes of other cast members and the audience. The last resident will receive $500,000. Like Survivor, the concept for Big Brother came to us from Europe. Who says they're more culturally advanced. 07.07.00

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