And it wasn't just from viewers and super fans 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...
Every summer, the longtime CBS reality series pits about 16 houseguests against each other to compete for a shot at half a million dollars. In order for them to claim the grand prize, a jury of their peers must decide who to give it to.
After a season of back-stabbing, blindsides and bullying, said jury could wind up being bitter. Big Brother executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan teased to The Hollywood Reporter that this year, audiences will definitely witness an "emotional" one.
The move marks the first time the housebound reality-competition series has aired outside of the summer months since 2008, when CBS fired up a special edition of the show to help fill the primetime void during the 100-day writers strike.
The cast for the show has yet to be announced. Julie Chen will be back in her regular role as host. The CBS-owned cabler Pop TV will again carry the live companion show “Big Brother After Dark,” offering an unfiltered feed of the goings-on in the house during the late-night hours.
“ ‘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 longtime “Big Brother” executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan.
The CBS reality staple is rolling out its first-ever celebrity edition, slated to debut this winter, the network announced on Thursday. No word yet on which celebs will be taking part, but the show will air multiple episodes each week, with all of the usual Head of Household competitions, Power of Veto competitions and live evictions. Franchise mainstay Julie Chen will return to host.
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On Thursday, either Christmas Abbott (yes, like the holiday) or Jillian Parker will walk out the front door, but that doesn't mean they will be this summer's first evictee.
After living in the house for 16 days, the roster of 17 players is now down to 15. First was Cameron Heard's surprise night-one exit when the twist of season 18's Paul Abrahamian coming back into the game was unleashed on the house.
Next, Megan Lowder, who executive producer Allison Grodner had pegged...
Heard's stint on the reality show juggernaut only lasted a mere 12 hours, before he even had time to memorize any of his competitors' names. Due to the first-ever "Big Brother Swap" twist, the return of season 18 runner-up Paul Abrahamian sent the microbiologist packing. And how everything went down shocked both viewers and executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan.
"It was very surprising to us," Meehan tells The Hollywood Reporter about the choices made on night one that left Heard meeting host Julie Chen again...
However, when The Hollywood Reporter asked Big Brother producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan about the speculation,
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Inside the house, the 16 houseguests are seen sitting on one another's laps, dancing while doing the dishes in the kitchen, and even screaming. Observing them just inches away are the longtime executive producers behind the CBS reality series, who settled on Fly on the Wall Entertainment instead.
And that's exactly what The Hollywood Reporter was when invited for a close-up look behind the scenes of the summer staple: a fly on the wall.
While the houseguests are trapped inside the house as they...
During a chat with THR, Big Brother host Julie Chen surmised that Perry in the Bb house "would win the public over in a second, everyone except for Taylor Swift" and that she'd like "to see these two in the house at...
The fresh batch of 16 new houseguests were announced on Monday and their interviews with The Hollywood Reporter were released on Tuesday. And as the old saying goes all good things come in threes because now, it's time to take an inside look at the house.
THR spent some time in the newest house with host Julie Chen and executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan and got some answers to some of the biggest burning questions for the new season.
Press Release: CBS today announced its summer schedule, including the new event series Salvation, the new live-action game show Candy Crush, the third season of Zoo, based on James Patterson’s #1 bestselling novel, and the return of the summer sensation Big Brother.
Big Brother, hosted by Julie Chen, will once again have three weekly episodes. The hit reality series debuts with a special two-hour premiere on Wednesday, June 28 (8:00-10:00 Pm, Et/Pt), followed by the Thursday broadcast on June 29 (9:00-10:00 Pm, Et/Pt), Sunday’s installment on July 2 (8:00-9:00 Pm, Et/Pt
If Twitter is any indication, Kryssie will come in third place and Morgan and Jason be fighting for the title. And it'll be a fitting final two given that their respective sides of the house have fought back and forth all season long.
"It's interesting to see one from each side represented, which does predict quite possibly a split vote," executive producer Allison Grodner tells The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the finale.
And if the vote is anything like...
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