CBS confirms first ever Celebrity edition of Big Brother USA

Julie Chen surprises fans by announcing bonus season will air this winter
- Posted on September 8 2017 at 04:29am

Big Brother USA presenter Julie Chen

CBS has surprised Big Brother USA fans by announcing that the first ever Celebrity edition of the show will air this winter.

Bosses broke the news during tonight’s double eviction episode of the current regular season, with host Julie Chen reading a statement to viewers.

“You all know our motto right? Expect the unexpected,” she said. “Now, you expect us to be back next summer, and we will, but this winter, for the first time ever, the unexpected is coming: Celebrity Big Brother.

“A house full of celebrities locked up behind those doors. Can you imagine it?”

Celebrity Big Brother will air on broadcast TV with a “concentrated” run – similarly to the UK version, which typically lasts up to five weeks – although an exact length is yet to be specified.

Big Brother USA CBS logo

“Multiple” episodes will go out each week on CBS, with spin-off After Dark on sister channel Pop. The staple 24-hour live feeds will also be available online.

Chen is returning as host for the Celebrity season, which will retain the show’s signature Head of Household and Power of Veto competitions, and live evictions. Further scheduling and format details will be announced later.

Big Brother USA has never previously aired a Celebrity season in its 17-year history, despite the twist of famous housemates proving popular internationally.

In the UK, Celebrity Big Brother recently concluded its milestone 20th series – while other territories, such as India, air celebrity editions exclusively.

Executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan commented: “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.

Big Brother 15 USA studio

“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.”

The shock move marks only the third time that BBUSA has been expanded outside the summer schedule.

Its ninth season aired in early 2008 due to the WGA writers’ strike, while last fall a digital-exclusive season entitled ‘Big Brother: Over The Top’ was made for CBS’s streaming platform, CBS All Access.

It was recently confirmed that Over The Top will not be back this year, but bosses are “looking at” whether it could return in the future.

BBUSA will wrap its 19th regular season later this month, while a 20th has already been commissioned for summer 2018.

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