One of the major broadcast reality franchises announced that for the first time it will air a celebrity edition. CBS broke the news Thursday that a star-studded version of “Big Brother” is in the works.
The long-running show is also working on its milestone 20th season, which will run during summer 2018.
The celebrity installment will be a special winter edition of the show, and will air multiple episodes each week during a concentrated run. As usual, the cycle will feature the show’s signature Head of Household and Power of Veto competitions along with live evictions, with Julie Chen on board as host.
“CBS All Access, the CBS Television Network’s subscription video on demand and live-streaming service, will again share all the action from inside the house with its 24/7 live feed,” the network said in Thursday’s announcement. “Also, Pop TV will provide fans the exclusive live television broadcast of ‘Big Brother After Dark,’ an unfiltered late-night feed from inside the house. Additional details regarding scheduling and casting will be announced at a later date.”
In a statement, executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan said: “‘Big Brother’ has been dominating pop culture throughout its 19 seasons, and it is exciting to grow the franchise with the first-ever celebrity edition in the U.S. Celebrities will be under the watchful eye of the Big Brother cameras, facing the classic game elements, and of course new twists in this special winter event.”
“Big Brother” has been a summer staple for CBS since 2000. This year’s edition continues to be one of the summer TV season’s biggest hits, with all three weekly broadcasts ranking among the summer’s top 5 broadcasts in A18-34, A18-49 and A25-54 while averaging 7.35 million viewers.