A show that has been a key player in the prime-time lineup on CBS for years is expanding with a cycle that will run exclusively on the CBS All Access subscription service. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that “Big Brother” is readying for a run on the streaming service this fall.
“Season 19 will run 10 weeks, slightly shorter than a normal season,” THR reports. “The new season will come not long after the season 18 finale, which is slated for Sept. 21. It will be an expansion of the franchise and will not replace the annual summer season of ‘Big Brother,’ which will continue to air on the flagship CBS network, according to a knowledgeable source.”
The news broke just ahead of CBS’s presentation at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
“The move is a first for the Julie Chen-hosted competition series.,” THR notes. “CBS has traditionally aired ‘Big Brother’ during the summer for 17 of its 18 seasons. The only exception, season nine, premiered in February 2008 during the writer’s strike. The season finale suffered the show’s lowest ratings and has been reserved for the network’s summer schedule ever since.”