ABC rejects 'Big Brother' successor

Controversial 'Golden Cage' thought too costly

AMSTERDAM -- U.S. broadcaster ABC has declined the option to acquire the successor to "Big Brother" -- the controversial "Golden Cage" -- from John de Mol's company Talpa.

According to a Talpa spokesperson, ABC was put off by the costs involved in producing the program.

Broadcast in the Netherlands by RTL, "The Golden Cage" has contestants living together in a luxurious house with one goal: to irritate the other inhabitants into submission. The winner gets the house.