The Glass House (2012 TV series)

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The Glass House
The title of the series, "The Glass House", on a pane of glass.
Genre Reality television
Created by Kenny Rosen
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Location(s) Los Angeles, California
Running time 41 minutes
Production company(s) Keep Calm and Carry On Productions
Original network ABC
Original release June 18 (June 18, 2012) – August 20, 2012 (August 20, 2012)
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The Glass House is an American reality game show that premiered on June 18, 2012, on ABC, and aired for one season.[1] Fourteen contestants live in the house and compete for $250,000. Voting by viewers helped decide which contestants got sent home.

Main series[edit]

The first season of the show originally began in June 2012. The show was met with criticism and low ratings, though its critical reception improved over time. Following the performance of the first season, a second season was seen as doubtful. Producer Steve Booth hinted that a second season was possible, posting on his official Twitter: "No word on a Season 2 yet. But rumor has it... Probably won't know for sure until next spring".[2] Executive producer Kenny Rosen also stated that a change of format may be in the works, and hinted at the possibility of the most neutral players being the Team Captains, as to keep the big personalities in the game for a while. The show was officially cancelled by ABC producers on May 29, 2013, almost a year after the show premiered.[3]


The Glass House featured 14 strangers living in a house made of glass, with cameras recording their every move. At selected days and times, viewers can watch a live feed into the house. There are weekly eliminations, in which the public decides which of the contestants are eliminated from the game. Aside from choosing who is eliminated, viewers also dictate what the contestants wear, where they sleep and what they eat.[4] While in the house, the contestants will split into two groups and compete in various physical and mental competitions.[5] The captains of the two teams are the two contestants who have received the fewest number of votes from the public. After losing a challenge, the captain of the losing team is sent to limbo, along with a second member of that team which is voted on by the house. While in limbo, the public will vote which of the two contestants deserves to go back into the house and which one should permanently be eliminated from the game. The contestant with the fewest votes is eliminated, while the other will return to the house.[6][7][8] The contestants are spoken to by a robotic female voice, which they referred to as the "Oracle" up until Day 3, when it was revealed the public would decide the voice's name. After the airing of the first live feed, online blogs and forums labeled the voice "FaRi", a portmanteau of the words faux and Siri, the personal assistant found on Apple's iPhone 4S.[4][9]

Weekly episodes and live feeds[edit]

The show premiered on Monday, June 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC in the United States.[10] The first season of The Glass House will feature ten episodes, which will air Mondays at 10 p.m. The airing episode will show highlights of the previous week, and will feature the nomination and eviction process. Aside from the weekly episode, viewers can watch a live feed into the house at various days and times.[11] On Mondays, the feeds will were viewable from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. the following day. Tuesday and Wednesday, the feeds would be viewed from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m and 9 p.m to 12 a.m. Thursday the feeds would be viewed from 3 p.m to 4 p.m.

Season details[edit]

Season Contestants Days Winner
1 14 68 Kevin Braun

America's vote[edit]

Besides choosing who to eliminate from the game, viewers were given several options that affected the game. A pre-season poll allowed voters to choose where contestants sleep, their food for the first night, and how the first competition was split up. A "favorite player" poll was posted on the website, in which viewers could select as many contestants as they want and choose them as their favorite. During the live feeds, viewers asked several questions which they will answer live. On the first live feed episode contestants had to guess how the majority of viewers answered the questions, but the following day the public were allowed to choose what the contestants did during the live feed. In a similar fashion, the viewers also chose what rooms the contestants slept in and could even influence their every day life such as forcing them to talk with a British accent for 24 hours or walking backwards for 24 hours.


Weekly, players will split into two teams and compete to stay in the game. The competitions will vary from physical to mental, and will result in two members of the losing team being sent to limbo. Aside from these competitions, the group also performs various tasks during the live feeds, and have played games such as "Guess the Sketch", and a game which required them to figure out how the majority of viewers answered questions. The final competition of the first season featured the Final Four competing for individual immunity, with the challenge winner earning a spot in the Final Three.


Season Episodes Launch Launch
Finale Finale
The Glass House (season 1) 10 June 18, 2012 3.98 August 20, 2012 1.99 68 2.5

Controversy and criticism[edit]

CBS lawsuit[edit]

On May 4, 2012, broadcasting company CBS warned ABC not to air The Glass House due to its strong similarities to the CBS reality television series Big Brother, in which a group of contestants, referred to as House Guests, live in a house while constantly being monitored by cameras and microphones. CBS stated in the letter sent to ABC President Anne Sweeney that they would seek legal action if ABC went forward with the airing of The Glass House.[12] CBS also criticized the fact that The Glass House was being produced by at least nineteen former producers and staff from Big Brother,[13] including Corie Henson, Kenny Rosen, and Mike O'Sullivan.[14][15] On May 10, 2012, CBS went forward with a lawsuit against ABC.[14] CBS has stated numerous times that they were attempting to get the show's premiere halted, however, the premiere of the show still aired.[16][17] The suit was dropped by CBS on August 17, 2012, citing low viewership as the reason to drop the case.[18] On August 20, 2013, CBS settled the dispute and will be receiving financial compensation.[19]


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