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On the verge of completing a season that combined high ratings with relatively little controversy, "Big Brother" has been renewed for two additional seasons by CBS. CBS announced on Wednesday (September 24), just hours before the Season 16 finale, that "Big Brother" Seasons 17 and 18 are set for the summers of 2015 and 2016 respectively. "Big Brother" is executive produced by Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan, with Julie Chen hosting. Also renewed for next summer? "Big Brother After Dark," which will air on Pop, the silly new name for what was formerly TV Guide Network. "'Big Brother' continues to be the one of the summer’s most dominant programs, and with each season, Allison and Rich produce the most twisted ways to evolve the series creatively," blurbs Chris Castallo, CBS Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming. "With its one-of-a-kind format, coupled with its passionate, socially engaged fan base, no other show comes close to duplicating it. »
- Daniel Fienberg
In anticipation of its upcoming season finale, CBS has renewed “Big Brother” for 17th and 18th editions — ensuring the hit summer reality series will stay on the Eye through 2016.
The long-running series, which is hosted by Julie Chen and is executive produced by Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan for Fly on the Wall Entertainment, in association with Endemol USA, has consistently drawn younger viewers. This summer’s edition is up +2% in viewers (7.56m from 7.39m) and +4% in adults 18-49 (2.7/09 from 2.6/08), while averaging 3.1/09 in adults 25-54 and 1.9/08 in adults 18-34.
The network has also ordered another season of companion series “Big Brother: After Dark,” which will air exclusively on Pop (currently known as Tvgn) in 2015.
“’Big Brother’ continues to be the one of the summer’s most dominant programs, and with each season, Allison and Rich produce the most twisted ways to evolve the series creatively,” said Chris Castallo, CBS exec VP of alternative programming. »
- Whitney Friedlander
The spotlight is brighter than ever on Big Brother. Last summer's controversial 15th season saw numerous houseguests lose their jobs following uproar over racial, homophobic and misogynistic remarks made inside the house. It forced CBS to air a disclaimer preceding each episode midway through the season, a first in the summer staple's nearly two-decade history. Photos 'Big Brother 16': Meet the 16 Houseguests A year later, longtime Big Brother executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan hope to move on from last season's media firestorm — though they acknowledge that the new crop of houseguests will be affected. In
- Philiana Ng
CBS’s long-running reality hit Big Brother has always been a warts-and-all kind of TV show. But starting this month, you’ll be able to see contestants’ blemishes, their well-sculpted bodies, and Julie Chen’s body glitter more clearly than ever: Vulture has learned that Big Brother, the only regularly scheduled primetime program still shown in standard definition, will finally convert to HDTV when it debuts its 16th season on June 25. While 99.9 percent of primetime shows made the leap to high definition years ago, Big Brother has remained a bit fuzzier, its old-school production style increasingly noticeable as viewers’ eyeballs adjusted to the new standard of HD seen all over the dial. Big Brother didn’t stay Sd out of nostalgia or some Luddite-like opposition to newfangled tech, however. “We’ve all wanted to go digital,” executive producer Allison Grodner told us. So why the delay? It’s complicated — literally. »
- Josef Adalian
After recently greenlighting seven new unscripted series as part of its rebrand, Oxygen Media is planning to increase its reality programming, announcing Thursday that it has five new projects in development. The slate is targeted at the young, modern woman, with projects including “Sister Witches,” about three magical sisters in their 20s; “Love on the Line,” a twist on online dating; and “Wantrepreneur,” in which millennial entrepreneurs will help younger tycoons build their business savvy.
“Oxygen is focused on developing and launching unique, original programming targeting today’s young, modern woman,” Oxygen Media senior VP of development and international Cori Abraham said in a statement. “This development slate embraces the network’s new programming direction and allows us to explore fresh territories filled with bold characters and high emotional stakes.”
The full development slate is listed below:
“Sister Witches” (working title)
Set in Bethlehem, Pa., “Sister Witches” follows »
- Andrea Seikaly
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