March 31, 2003 12:00 PM

ABC (check listings)

“There’s a lot of phoniness in this family,” says Dawn Marie, one of 10 members of an Italian-American clan occupying a Palm Beach, Fla., mansion while they vie for $1 million. This whole reality series (airing till late April) seems so fake that I figure the house itself must be a digital illusion. The Big Brother formula has a twist—the secret “board of trustees” voting to eliminate contestants is actually the household staff—but the familial backstabbing is a bore. The presence of host George Hamilton, whose tongue has been stuck in his cheek for years, suggests that the producers are going primarily for laughs. Yawns are what they get.

BOTTOM LINE: Poor relations

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