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Big Brother 19 Bosses Explain the Premiere's Biggest Twist

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  • Big Brother 19 Bosses Explain the Premiere's Biggest Twist

    Executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan pull back the curtain on how the return of season 18 runner-up Paul Abrahamian came to be.
    [Warning: This story contains spoilers from the season 19 premiere of Big Brother.]

    When The Hollywood Reporter spent an afternoon inside the walls of the Big Brother house ahead of its season 19 premiere, all was revealed. And that included spotting the return of season 18 runner-up Paul Abrahamian. (An update for his fans: he was sitting cozy in the lounge with some of his fellow houseguests surrounding him seeming eager to find out how to play this game.)

    Abrahamian arrived into what host Julie Chen called, "the summer of temptation," and with him strutting back through the doors it was clear that he was there to take someone else's place. As part of the "Big Brother Swap" Abrahamian was able to grant eight other houseguests safety with his signature bracelets.

    After that, the houseguests chose to face a vote in this summer's very first eviction instead of fighting it out in a competition. Unfortunately for Illinois native, Cameron Heard, he was shown the front door and didn't get to stick around to play the game with the "friendship" loving, bearded fan-favorite. That also means he likely won't ever see this season's next twist, the Den of Temptation.

    Joined by executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan, The Hollywood Reporter entered the house's secret room for a close-up look behind the scenes of the new season. On the other side of the door were the now 16 houseguests, including Abrahamian, who were at one point screaming and making dinner with a stench that made its way all the way up to the control room.

    For the contestants, they have no idea this room exists. Grodner and Meehan liken the room to being in the world of Harry Potter. It's currently on the other side of where season 18's phone booth was. This season, there's a door in that place and while the houseguests are aware of the door, they don't know what's behind it.

    Pictures of the Den of Temptation and more of this article are HERE

    THR asked ... why they chose to unleash one returning player in a house full of "newbies."

    Paul is now back in the game. Why him?

    Meehan: He was such a memorable character, played a great game and made it to final two and didn't win. A lot of people thought he should have won. When we were thinking about the one person we wanted to bring back we thought of him.

    Grodner: It was the idea that one houseguest would come back into the house as part of a twist. Then you think, "Well, who?" And you want to do it from more recent seasons and last year there were a lot of people at the end who said Paul was robbed. He played a good gam, yet he did not win. It's fun to give people like that another shot.

    Was he the only one you had in mind or did you talk about bringing back other former houseguests?

    Grodner: We talked about others, but Paul was definitely. . .

    Meehan: At the top of the list. We had a few people that we were also considering and then it was a decision between us and CBS.

    Grodner: In terms of how it would all work and play into the theme.

    Meehan: Once we officially chose him we called him and had a conversation. He agreed secretly and then we crafted the creative for the premiere specifically for him.

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