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    From The Hollywood Reporter

    The new version of the show will air on the network and will feature multiple episodes per week during a concentrated run—including the signature Head of Household and Power of Veto competitions and live evictions. In addition, CBS All Access will again invite viewers inside the Big Brother house for an unfiltered look at its cast with the 24/7 live feed.

    Julie Chen will host the celebrity edition, which is an addition to Big Brother’s milestone 20th season that will air in summer 2018.

    Chen tells The Hollywood Reporter about her initial conversation with husband and CEO of CBS, Leslie Moonves, “He said, “You and your show are single-handedly keeping this network afloat during the summer. You’re keeping this network running.'"

    Adding, "If you know one thing about my husband, it has to make economic sense. They crunched the numbers and said, ‘Based on the following we have, we can do it and make it work and make it profitable.’”

    Says CBS Entertainment president, Kelly Kahl, "Big Brother has been a ratings winner since its premiere in 2000, and keeps going strong with a passionate fan base across multiple platforms, on-air, online and on social."

    This summer, the series witnessed some of its highest ratings since 2011. What do you attribute to the recent growth?

    Chen: New, young viewers discover it every summer. Sometimes it's because they don't have a license yet, they're too young to drive, they have a curfew and they suddenly flip on the TV and discover it that way. And with social media they see these outrageous clips that get surfaced and when they see it they think, "What is that from?" Or in this season we saw someone like [contestant] Jessica [Graf] who was the resident hottie and heroine where she had a picture of herself at eight years old with her dad and she said it was something her dad loved and she used to watch it with her dad.

    Grodner: We've noticed through the years that our fan base is multi-generational and the immediacy of this show is unique. You can't binge watch it. This is a show where you need to be in the know as it happens and you want to be.

    Meehan: It's always casting and putting a good mix together and the twists have become part of our format where you never know [what's going to happen] every season.

    Chen: It's not scripted, it's real. You get hooked whether you like the people or you love to hate the people. It's a real-life soap opera. You get to know who they are and you want to see their outcome. The other shows in the summer don't have that. We air three nights a week and we could easily air seven nights a week because there is so much content and story happening.

    Julie, you were one of the first people to find out about the celebrity edition. What was your conversation with Les like about bringing this version to air?

    Chen: My husband came home and said, "Well, it's official." We had toyed with it dating back to season two. Paris Hilton agreed to do it and Roseanne Barr also said she was going to and then she backed out. It didn't come together and I'm glad it didn't so early on into the series. This is a direct quote from my husband. He said, "You and your show are single-handedly keeping this network afloat during the summer." He says it all the time, "I'm telling you Jules, you're keeping this network running. You guys continue to make us money." He said to me, "You're going to have to quit the show before the show is off the air. This was the first summer he said, "With these numbers I don't see an end in sight. This series could on for a long time and longer than you're going to be a part of it." That's how long he sees it going on based on the following, the ratings and the numbers.

    But you have no plans to leave anytime soon, correct?

    Chen: Didn't Bob Barker do like 55 years [on the Price is Right]? I bow to him.

    Grodner: (Laughs) Julie can be doing this for a long time. It's hard to imagine the show without her.

    Why are you now dipping into the celebrity genre, which is something other networks have done previously?

    Chen: If you know one thing about my husband, it has to make economic sense. They crunched the numbers and said, "Based on the following that we have we could do it and make it work and make it profitable, but certain things have to happen." It's a condensed version. Because if you're going to get celebrities you find me a celebrity who can give you 90 days [of their time]. There's no such thing. It's hard enough to book them to come on The Talk for a 15-minute interview. I get the economics of it.

    Meehan: With success for 19 seasons and always being a strong performer, which in today's market is really rare, it's a fun new way to expand the brand and the Big Brother universe.

    Do you see the celebrity edition airing every winter, and how will it impact the franchise moving forward?

    Chen: If the model works and it has a big following and makes the money, we're no fools. Let's recreate the magic again. I don't know if it will be an every winter thing or will have an affect on the summer. But I know one thing, my husband and his team explore all options.

    Are you worried about over saturation of the series?

    Chen: I am a little bit. I felt like Big Brother: Over the Top might have fallen a little in that category. Part of our success is that we're only on once a year and it's only during the summer where the competition isn't as stiff. It's easier to be a winner in the summer than it is in the fall and winter. I'm hopeful, but I'm going to reserve judgment.

    What are the mechanics that will need to go into making the new edition work?

    Meehan: We're going to keep what makes the show work including the HoH and Veto [competitions] and the live evictions. The challenge will be turning it into an event that feels special for the winter.

    Grodner: It's important that it still feels like Big Brother, but it doesn't infringe on what we all know about the summer. It will have its own spin. And it needs to feel like an event series that we do each year.

    Chen: The magic is always in the casting. It's the same thing whether you're a celebrity or not a celebrity. [Houseguest] Cody [Nickson] this year is an example of someone who was on the cusp that certain people were fighting for [to cast] and other people wanted someone else. It's going to be the same game. The concept is going to be the same. Hopefully it will be household names.

    Other celebrity variations of reality TV cast mid-level talent. Are you aiming higher than that?

    Chen: We're being realistic. It's not going to be all Oscar winners. But maybe we'll have someone who won an Oscar decades ago. Whoever casts Dancing With the Stars does an amazing job. They don't always get all household names, but some people kind of reinvent themselves and suddenly I see that person all over the tabloids. Sometimes these types of shows, like in the U.K. [version], some of the washed-up names that went into it got a new lease on life. And the big names that went in, it was a little bit too up close and personal. Those people did themselves in with letting the public see who they really are.

    Meehan: We're just starting discussions and we're looking for people who are going to be fun. Maybe there are some celebrity fans of the show that we'll mix in there. We're going to create a big list and go out and see who we can get.

    Grodner: It will be an eclectic group with diverse personalities and we're looking forward to seeing who will be interested.

    With the 24/7 access to talent, do you see that as a challenge in booking the cast? What are the other challenges?

    Grodner: Everything about it, to be honest. There's no privacy and that's going to be a hurdle in getting a celebrity onboard.

    Chen: Most celebrities and people don't know that they have an ugly side. I've always said Big Brother is like holding up a mirror one inch away from your face and really examining who you are.

    Former houseguest Frankie Grande appeared on the U.K. version. Are you ruling out former players?

    Grodner: We're now just diving into it so can't give any answers on that. It's all still being worked out on what it's going to look like.

    With the cost of getting talent for this edition rule out an all-stars season for summer 2018?

    Meehan: We haven't done any work on season 20.

    Grodner: Season 20 is a huge milestone for this show so obviously that's special. I'm sure there will be some new things about it.

    Do you plan on switching up the house and studio for the celebrity version?

    Grodner: It'll certainly be a new look.

    Meehan: There will definitely be some things different about the house because we're doing it more of an event instead of a three month series. There will be some tweaks and changes to the rooms and the outside that will be necessary.

    Grodner: And it's a winter edition so we need to think about weather. The outside will reflect that.

    Who are your dream gets for the series?

    Grodner: [Wednesday night's] show you saw Bobby Moynihan, who is an amazing fan who really knows everything and couldn't have been more excited to participate. That would be awesome.

    Chen: Tonya Harding. Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg, that's a love affair waiting to happen. Sean Spicer and Melissa McCarthy, which will never happen. Andy Cohen is a super fan, hilarious and speaks his mind. He's not afraid to stand up for himself or a friend and he's fiercely loyal. And who is the one who acts crazy every now and then? Is it Shia LaBeouf? I don't know if I want him.

  • #2
    I have an idea for the show that I think would make it intriguing. Is there any way to submit suggestions to them to review?


  • #3
    Well, I, for one, am looking forward to the celeb. version. I love Julie's answers to the interview above. She seemed very honest and forth-coming answering all of the questions. Bring on the winter version! Yay! I finally got my sound problem fixed and will hopefully be able to get the Live Feeds for this.


    • #4
      October 16, 2017 11:15am PT by Brian Porreca

      'Big Brother' Celebrity Edition: Everything to Know So Far

      Plus, which stars are interested in joining the newest edition of the reality series? THR surveyed some of the show's biggest Hollywood superfans to find out.

      When news broke that longtime CBS reality series Big Brother would be dipping into celebrity territory, it was met with an outpouring of interest.

      And it wasn't just from viewers and superfans of the show — Hollywood fans of the series made it clear they would consider stepping inside the Big Brother house.

      Executive producer Allison Grodner tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We've had an overwhelming response from people who want to be on the show." Adds host Julie Chen, "They're getting tons of calls from agents."

      So, who in town is dialing up the show to pitch themselves for a spot? And better yet — what are they exactly pitching themselves for?

      So far, few details have been revealed about what the newest edition of the series will look like, but in order to keep viewers up to date on the latest, THR gathered the most important details to know (including which stars and superfans of the show want in).

      Why now? The idea for a celebrity edition was first brought up at the network dating back to season two of the series. Says Chen, "Paris Hilton agreed to do it, and Roseanne Barr also said she was going to and then she backed out. It didn't come together, and I'm glad it didn't so early on into the series." Now on the heels of the show's 19th season this past summer and having reached its highest ratings since 2011 with an average 7.35 million viewers (including a finale watched by 7.8 million), the spinoff was a no-brainer.

      Says executive producer Rich Meehan: "With success for 19 seasons and always being a strong performer, which in today's market is really rare, it's a fun new way to expand the brand and the Big Brother universe." Adds Chen about the conversation she had with CBS chief (and her spouse) Leslie Moonves: "If you know one thing about my husband, it has to make economic sense. They crunched the numbers and said, 'Based on the following we have, we could do it and make it work and make it profitable, but certain things need to happen.'"

      It will be a shorter, condensed version of the summer broadcast. A premiere date has yet to be announced, but fans can expect the show (which will also bring back the 24/7 uncensored live feeds) to hit the small screen in either January or February. But unlike the summer broadcast, the cast will not be locked away for 90-plus days. "It's going to be more intense than what you're used to seeing because it's going to be concentrated," says Chen. "Picture everything about Big Brother, but nonstop action because it's going to be on a fast-forward button."

      The house will get an extra redesign. Every season the serieschanges the set of the showto match up with the new twists it invites viewers in to watch. This year, the celebrity twist is sure to warrant a redesign on set. "It'll certainly be a new look," says Grodner. Adds Meehan, "We're doing it more of an event instead of a three-month series. There will be some tweaks and changes to the rooms and the outside." But they can't rule out other factors, such as adapting to the weather. Says Grodner, "It's a winter edition, so we need to think about the weather. The outside will reflect that." The last time the show had to deal with colder weather in Los Angeles was for Big Brother: Over the Top. The last time its studio got an overhaul in design was in season 16.

      The Chenbot is taking a pay cut. Another one of the things Moonves mentioned to his wife was that in order for it to work, she wouldn't be compensated the same as during the summer broadcast. Speaking candidly about her conversation with her husband, Chen previously revealed to THR, "He comes home for dinner and says in a very Godfather, mafioso-style, 'Jules, you tell your lawyer this is not a negotiation. This is what the deal is and you're going to accept it.' And I said, 'Is that the way you speak to your wife?'" With a laugh she continued, "He said, 'You tell your attorney this is not a game we're playing. Everyone's taking a haircut. This is the only way it will make sense financially. You shouldn't be expected to be paid as if it's a full series. It's a condensed version.'"

      Another reason for the pay cut is to fit the bill for booking talent to join the show.

      (Fun fact: Chen's lawyer is also her husband's brother, Jon Moonves.)

      Which stars are ready to align? When news of the show's celebrity edition was first announced, many speculated that it would be difficult for the series to book talent. Says Grodner, "There's no privacy and that's going to be a hurdle in getting a celebrity onboard." Adds Chen of the casting challenges, "We're being realistic. It's not going to be all Oscar winners." Adding that they'll look at the model that has worked for other celebrity-driven shows, she notes, "Whoever casts Dancing With the Stars does an amazing job. They don't always get household names, but some people kind of reinvent themselves and suddenly I see that person all over the tabloids."

      So what do stars and fans of the show like Me, Myself and I's Bobby Moynihan, *NSYNC's Lance Bass, American Ninja Warrior host Matt Iseman, The Bachelorette lead Kaitlyn Bristowe and MTV alum Spencer Pratt think about possibly walking through the Big Brother doors?

      Iseman, who also won Celebrity Apprentice, jokes to THR, "I am way too emotional. I think it's easy for me to focus on long-term strategy sitting at home, but in the house I'd probably get myself evicted first week. Hell, my stay would likely be shorter than [season 19's] Cameron [Heard]." He adds, "I'm an emotional guy. I'm a bit too trusting." As for Iseman's favorite former winner? He picks season 16's Derrick Levasseur, who he says "blew him away."

      Superfan Moynihan shares that sentiment. The actor and SNL alum, who credits fan sites like Hamsterwatch for keeping him up to date over the years, calls Levasseur a "phenomenal player." On joining the game himself, the actor jokes he wouldn't be able to cope with the constant camera surveillance and lack of privacy: "If I did it, I would never go to the bathroom." But Grodner and Meehan have their eyes on Moynihan, telling THR that having him join the cast "would be awesome."

      ​Jerod Harris/Getty Images; Kevin Mazur/Getty Images; Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images
      From left: Shawn Booth, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Matt Iseman and Lance Bass

      Bristowe, who fronted the 19th season of ABC's The Bachelorette, says she and fiance Shawn Booth "want to do it so bad." She adds, "That's the one show that we can think of that we'd want to go on after being on our kind of show." Bristowe also plans on having BB alumni on her Off the Vine podcast, and says she and Booth already have a strategy to win the game: "We know what we would do. We were talking to Spencer and Heidi [Pratt] who did Celebrity Big Brother in the U.K. and were treated as one houseguest. We're all for it." She adds with a laugh, "Do we have to apply?" Bristowe cites some of her favorite players as season 19 winner Josh Martinez, whom she wants as her new best friend, season 18 winner Nicole Franzel and fan favorite Britney Haynes from seasons 12 and 14.

      Spencer Pratt (who competed twice on the U.K. version of Celebrity Big Brother) is all in as well. Telling THR he and friend Perez Hilton have been waiting for the day that the U.S. had their own celebrity version of the show, he jokes, "[It's] the Willy Wonka golden ticket of reality TV. Who doesn't want to be filmed 24/7 for CBS? That's like dying and going to heaven." And, like Bristowe, he already has a strategy: "You can't just go in there and be a villain. You need a strategy. You need to figure out who the strongest players are, then take him out." The former reality star adds, "You have to be able to adjust to what happens in the game."

      Pratt's wish list of players to join? Nene Leakes, Scott Disick, O.J. Simpson, Billy Bush, Caitlyn and Brody Jenner and last season's runner-up, Paul Abrahamian.

      Former *NSYNC member Bass has similarly expressed excitement about the possibility of joining the show. He tells THR, "It's about time! They ask me to do the British one every single year, but there's no game to it. Depending on the cast I might be tempted to go in the house, because I really think I have a strategy to win the game."

      And it's a strategy that he's already practiced against Big Brother legend Dan Gheesling. Reveals Bass, "We created a Big Brother event at my house four years ago and Dan and his wife played with us. I was the only person to ever get Dan out. I had to turn on him at the very end." Chen hints that Big Brother may not be too far off in Bass' future, saying, "I won't say names, but maybe more than one member of *NSYNC is trying to get in there." Other names Chen has thrown into the ring have included Martha Stewart, Snoop Dogg, Anthony Scaramucci, Tonya Harding and her longtime friend Andy Cohen. As for how the Watch What Happens Live! host thinks he'd do, Cohen jokes, "I'd have a target on my back because of my background stirring things up with the Housewives." As for which Real Housewives star he thinks would do well in the game, Cohen (who says season five of Big Brother is his favorite) suggests Lisa Vanderpump. All will be revealed as to which stars will play Big Brother soon enough, but until then, expect the unexpected.

      Source: The Hollywood Reporter
      Last edited by KennyERJ; 10-24-2017, 08:01 AM.


      • #5
        Hey now...I am really looking forward to the Celebrity version of BB! Just want to say...I love the relationship that Julie and Les have in their marriage. My hubby is 22 yrs older than I am, so I find their relationship very endearing. They obviously love and respect one another. Yes, some can argue that Julie has an "in" because of who her hubby is, but I personally think that Les is very honest with her and Julie is very accepting and realistic when Les reminds her what is important for the show (meaning ratings and profits) and what is not. I feel that Julie and Les Moonves are the real deal. JMO. Anywayyyyy, I am looking forward to the celebrity edition of BB this winter! I also love the fact that it won't be a solid 3-month run. Save that for the regular BB show in the summer. Hope they get some of the most interesting and controversial actors they can find! Best of luck to the casting directors on that one! lol


        • #6
          I can't wait! Did I miss when they would make the next announcement? It has to be coming soon.


          • KennyERJ
            KennyERJ commented
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            Hi Hannah! My guess is there won't be another major announcement until the end of December 2017 or beginning of January 2018. Again, just guessing but I'll say since "The Amazing Race" usually starts in March, "Celebrity Big Brother" will probably lead up to that (air before TAR) so will probably start at the end of January or beginning of February depending on how many weeks the show is going to run (I'm thinking around 6 weeks).

        • #7
          Celebrity Big Brother premieres February 7, 2018.

          Definitely a short run as the Finale airs February 25, 2018!


          The Amazing Race season 30 premieres January 3, 2018.

          Survivor season 36 premieres February 28, 2018.
          Last edited by KennyERJ; 12-01-2017, 12:54 PM.


          • #8
            Wednesday, Jan. 3

            8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT

            THE AMAZING RACE (30thSeason Premiere)
            9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT SEAL TEAM
            10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT CRIMINAL MINDS
            Wednesday, Jan. 24
            8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT THE AMAZING RACE (2-Hour Episode)
            10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT CRIMINAL MINDS
            Wednesday, Feb. 7
            8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT BIG BROTHER (Celebrity Edition Premiere)
            9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT THE AMAZING RACE (2-Hour Episode)
            Thursday, Feb. 8
            8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT BIG BROTHER
            Friday, Feb. 9
            8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT BIG BROTHER (2-Hour Episode)
            Sunday, Feb. 11
            8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT BIG BROTHER
            Monday, Feb. 12
            8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT BIG BROTHER
            Wednesday, Feb. 14
            8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT BIG BROTHER
            9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT THE AMAZING RACE (2-Hour Episode)
            Friday, Feb. 16
            8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT BIG BROTHER (2-Hour Episode)
            Sunday, Feb. 18
            8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT BIG BROTHER
            Monday, Feb. 19
            8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT BIG BROTHER
            Wednesday, Feb. 21
            8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT BIG BROTHER
            9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT THE AMAZING RACE (Season Finale)
            Friday, Feb. 23
            8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT BIG BROTHER (2-Hour Episode)
            Saturday, Feb. 24
            8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT BIG BROTHER
            Sunday, Feb. 25
            8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT BIG BROTHER (Celebrity Edition Finale)
            Monday, Feb. 26
            8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT KEVIN CAN WAIT
            8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT MAN WITH A PLAN
            9:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT SUPERIOR DONUTS
            9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT LIVING BIBLICALLY (Series Premiere)
            10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT SCORPION
            Wednesday, Feb. 28
            8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT SURVIVOR (2-Hour Season Premiere)
            10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT SEAL TEAM
            Wednesday, March 7
            8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT SURVIVOR (Time Period Premiere)
            9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT SEAL TEAM
            10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT CRIMINAL MINDS
            Sunday, Effective March 11
            8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT INSTINCT (Series Premiere)
            9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT NCIS: LOS ANGELES
            10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT MADAM SECRETARY


            • helenb
              helenb commented
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              Wow, that is so condensed . I love it! ❤ and up against the Olympics... great for viewers who'd like something different!

          • #9
            Thanks Kenny


            • #10
              'Celebrity Big Brother' producers want Blac Chyna to compete on the first-ever U.S. edition, multiple sources exclusively tell Us Weekly — details


              • #11
                “Sammi is working on another project,” a source close to Giancola told Radar. “
                I believe she is joining Celebrity Big Brother
                The cast of Jersey Shore is reuniting for Jersey Shore Family Vacation, but Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola won’t be heading to Seaside Heights.


                • #12

                  Celebrity Big Brother is coming!!! First promo (click Play button on video below)! I'm so excited! Woo Hoo!

                  Please consider donating to help keep BBU up and running for the Celebrity Big Brother Season!
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                  Last edited by KennyERJ; 12-31-2017, 09:08 AM.


                  • #13
                    Here’s the full air schedule for Big Brother: Celebrity Edition:

                    - Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 8/7c (Season Premiere)
                    - Thursday, Feb. 8 at 8/7c
                    - Friday, Feb. 9 at 8/7c
                    - Sunday, Feb. 11 at 8/7c
                    - Monday, Feb. 12 at 8/7c
                    - Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 8/7c
                    - Friday, Feb. 16 at 8/7c
                    - Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8/7c
                    - Monday, Feb. 19 at 8/7c
                    - Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 8/7c
                    - Friday, Feb. 23 at 8/7c
                    - Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8/7c
                    - Sunday, Feb. 25 at 8/7c (Live Finale)


                    • #14
                      From SnapChat... it appears they are building a roof over the backyard of the Big Brother house for the Winter/Celebrity Big Brother edition:


                      • #15
                        Celebrity Big Brother Casting Update

                        There are also some new potential CBB US casting spoilers (and rumors) in advance of the official casting announcement in a little more than two weeks. Evel Dick tweeted that maybe Ross Matthews (comedian and host) would be on the upcoming Big Brother since he’s a huge BB fan. Dick called it “a definite possibility.” Then when shown a list of CBB US casting rumors, Dick called BS on all of them except LaToya Jackson whom he said could also be a “maybe.”

                        Dick also mentioned some possible CBB US cast members based on recently verified tweeters who’ve joined his Twitter followers. These include Beth from Dog the Bounty Hunter, actress Mackenzie Phillips, Bobby Moynihan (who seems unlikely given his busy schedule with his own CBS show), and Margaret Cho, who has done a fair amount of reality TV before. Finally, Dick tweeted that “he heard” that Mark Long would be on CBB US. Long is a veteran of MTV reality shows including Road Rules, Real World, and The Challenge.

                        This same article states that it's rumored (by Evil Dick himself) that the Big Brother: Celebrity Edition cast will be revealed during the Grammys on January 28th being they are airing on CBS.

                        This info and the post above this one taken from an InQuisitr article (linked below).

                        Celebrity Big Brother spoilers reveal more insights as we count down the 27 days left until the premiere of CBB US on CBS on February 7. This short-run season features 13 episodes crammed into 18 ...


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