The Glass House

Glass House TV series on ABCNetwork: ABC
Episodes: 10 (hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: June 18, 2012 — August 20, 2012
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Oracle the computer voice

TV show description:      
This TV show is billed as an “interactive real-time reality competition” in which viewers help make the decisions about who stays and who goes home.

The game begins with 14 contestants of both sexes and varying backgrounds as they live together and compete for $250,000 in a totally wired, state-of-the-art glass house. They aren’t just playing the game with each other though. They’re also playing the game to win over the audience.

While in the house, the contestants split into two groups and compete in various physical and mental competitions. The captains of the two teams are the two contestants who have received the least amount 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.

Through social networks and online, viewers are encouraged to support and follow the contestants they like and those that they don’t. Viewer votes help determine which contestants are sent home and also which eliminated players will earn the chance to return to “The Glass House” to compete again. (The contestants receive two days out of the house, in which they are taken to a hotel and sequestered from each other and outside game communications.)

Several times a week, viewers can watch a live online feed of the players and vote to decide everything from what they wear and eat, to the games they play, even where they sleep. Viewers will also have the chance to give their favorite players feedback on their game from outside the house. How the contestants use that information is up to them, because in the end it’s about who plays the best social game and the most important alliance a player can have is with their fans.

The contestants are spoken to by a robotic female voice, which they refer to as the “Oracle” or “Ori”. The name was decided by the public.

Series Finale:     
Episode #10
The final three contestants are Andrea, Erica, and Kevin. Kevin Braun was announced the winner and took home $250,000. Erica Russell was runner-up and Andrea Clark placed third.
First aired: August 20, 2012.


What do you think? Did you like Glass House? Are you sorry that it’s not coming back for a second season?

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  1. HM says

    I loved Glass House. It was nothing like Big Brother. If you are a fan of Big Brother, you know there is no show that can compare. However, this show was very entertaining in a much different way than I thought it would be. I am very sorry to see that it did not get renewed. I believe that the networks are too busy to cancel shows (too many I enjoyed are no longer being aired) rather than allow them a better time slot, or night, which is why this show maybe was not as successful as ABC hoped for.

  2. Lori says

    First off, they werent tryint to be Big Brother. With that said, if you look back at the history of Big Brother they were a flop in their first 5 seasons and progressivly got better. BB went through their growing pains too.

    Judy if it was so horrible , why did you bother watching it? If you watched one show and stopped I dont think you are qualified to brand it the worst show almost ever.

    Brian you ramble on and on about something you know nothing about. They were on a soundset and they were locked in and America did vote on the things that were happening on the show. You had to go online and sit on the site and watch the live feeds and the questions popped up while the show was on. Many many people know this to be tyrue because they were there with me voting and watching the live feeds. By the way, check your facts the CBS lawsuit was lost by Big Brother it was decided that they didnt have a case strong enough to stop The Glass House from airing.

    McKenna if you believe Brian was “spot on” you are just as uninformed. Do your fact checking before agreeing it makes you look ignorant.

    TGH has a lot of improvements and changes to make but for a first season it was not bad at all. I will admit it was klunky and needs a live host but I would watch it for another season to see what ways they changed and improved it.

  3. Robbyn Bran says

    I liked the show but the limited hours of voting made it hard for me, I always missed them and it needed to be on more often then once a week. But I am a huge fan of Big Brother so I liked this. I disagree it is the worst show, the worst show is Honey Boo Boo, it is discusting and gross.

    • HM says

      I so agree!!!! Honey Boo Boo is the biggest waste of TV time! That’s probably why it’s on cable. Perhaps Fox or one of the other bigger cable stations will pick up Glass House. Hey…maybe they could replace Honey Boo Boo with it!! :)

  4. Brian says

    This show was so poorly produced. It didn’t make any sense. The same old “house guest” reality show type cast was chosen. If you have seen any season of Big Brother, then there you go. They were trying to pretend as if it was a live show with contestants entering into the house for the first time. Except by the 2nd commercial break everyone already knew in-depth information about each other and they had changed clothes at least 3 times. The shows new hook is that America is supposed to vote in and tell the house guest what to do. However by the time the first objective was read (which by the way was bikinis and hot tub) it was painfully obvious that the producers had already decided what the contestants objectives were going to be all while repeatedly telling viewers that we somehow voted on what they were doing in the house. Again the show had only been on for 5 min. Nothing was ever explained. The contestants walked out in jump suits to play a game based on who knows who best and America again was supposed to have already voted and given the contestants their task based on there personalities (Again all within 5min of the shows initial airing). By the end the show supposedly only 24hrs had passed although it was obvious by the way they were talking and the multiple wardrobe changes, they had been in the house about 4-5 days. One of the male contestants who for some reason was acting like a bad talk show host, started to just randomly berate and badger the women of the house because he said that America voted in ( Again when did we vote in?) and told him to start acting that way. 2 min later he was voted out the house and “this is the kicker” . The contestants for unexplained reasons had rocks in there hands that they then placed on a pedestal in front of a flat screen tv, LOL What? And one by one they all started miming shooting, throwing, punching, flicking and I think there was a sling shot in their… at the screen which then showed exploding glass with each vote. (I mean really…) are you guy’s sure you thought this show through… Or were you just trying to get this crap on the air before CBS’s Big Brother law suit takes affect and the show is halted mid season.

    • McKenna says

      @Brain- To answer your question about the ‘rocks’. There is a famous saying that goes, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” Based off of that saying, I assume that is how we get the connection of the corny ‘rock throwing’ and the title ‘Glass House’.

      Everything else you had to say was spot on. (:


  5. Judy says

    Worst show ever (almost ever). This show was painful to watch. A live host might improve things but overall it’s no Big Brother!

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