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CBS announces celebrity edition of “Big Brother”

CBS is making Big Brother a year-round event. The network announced yesterday evening (Sept. 7) that it will broadcast its first celebrity edition of the reality series this winter. This will also be ...
September 8, 2017

CBS is making Big Brother a year-round event.

The network announced yesterday evening (Sept. 7) that it will broadcast its first celebrity edition of the reality series this winter. This will also be the first time the competition series has aired outside the summer months since 2008.

The special edition will feature multiple episodes per week, along with the signature competitions and live evictions the series is known for. As per the original, the series will follow the group of celebrities living together in a house outfitted with 87 cameras and more than 100 microphones, recording the participants’ every move.

While the participating celebrities have not yet been announced, long-time host Julie Chen will front the show.

The celebrity edition of the series will coincide with Big Brother‘s 20th season, which will broadcast next summer.

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.,” said executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan, in a statement. “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.”

While a celebrity edition of the series will be new to U.S. viewers, Celebrity Big Brother already exists in the UK. It has featured several American stars including Pamela Anderson, Stephen Baldwin and Ivana Trump.

Big Brother is produced by Grodner and Meehan for Fly on the Wall Entertainment, in association with Endemol Shine North America.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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