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TV Notes: Wanted: 10 'inmates' for CBS's 'Big Brother'

Saturday, April 15, 2000

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

CBS's "Big Brother," a summer series featuring 10 Americans trapped in a house together for 100 days, is seeking inmates, er, cast members.

More than 20 cameras in the house will follow participants 24 hours a day for 100 days in this program that will air five nights a week. No word on whether there will be cameras in the bathrooms, too.

To apply to be on the show, visit www.cbs.com for an application and instructions. In addition to filling out the questionnaire, applicants must submit a two-minute video tape explanation of why they should be considered for the series. Entry deadline is April 28. *

PROGRAM NOTES: Michelle Wright and Andrew Stockey host "Stories of Hope 2000" (7 p.m. Saturday on WTAE) about the challenges women face after detecting breast cancer. It's a precursor to next month's Race for the Cure. ... History Channel's "The Killer Fog" (8 p.m. Saturday) includes a segment on the 1948 yellow fog that descended on Donora, trapping toxic air that killed 20 people. ... Tobey Maguire hosts "Saturday Night Live" (tonight at 11:30 on WPXI) with musical guest Sisqo. ... NBC has renewed the freshman daytime soap "Passions" for another year. ... WTAE has picked up rerun rights to "The Practice" for airing in fall 2001. (Rob Owen)

COMMANDING RETURN: After a one-year absence, "The Ten Commandments" returns to ABC at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Charlton Heston stars as Moses in the biblical epic. The film has usually aired on Palm Sunday or Easter but was missing in action last year. Now it's back. Rejoice.

"FREAKS" UPDATE: "Freaks and Geeks," canceled by NBC last month, hasn't found a broadcast home, but if you're planning a trip to New York or Los Angeles anytime soon, you can still catch the remaining six episodes.

Both branches of The Museum of Television & Radio will screen the six episodes never aired by NBC. A marathon of those episodes will play April 29 at the New York museum and May 13 in Los Angeles.

After those dates the episodes will become part of the museum's regular collection and will be made available for individual screenings.

Daily Variety reported this week that MTV, Fox Family and Odyssey have expressed interest in airing the six remaining "Freaks and Geeks" episodes.

Fans of the series can catch cast members on VH1's "The List" May 2 at 5 and 7 p.m.

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