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'Big Brother' Celebrity Edition Finally Coming to the US

by Grace Lumayag / Sep 09, 2017 10:12 AM EDT
US 'Big Brother' gears up for its first celebrity edition

In celebration of the 20th season of "Big Brother" US, the worldwide hit reality TV show will finally have a celebrity edition as announced by CBS, their home network. Despite the show being CBS' summer flagship, the celebrity spin off of the series will air on winter of 2018.

The newest season of "Big Brother" will air multiple episodes in a week and will feature different tasks including the Head of Household, Power of Veto and live evictions among others.  "CBS All Access" will again invite viewers inside the "Big Brother" house for a 24/7 look at its cast. This season has big shoes to fill as the 19th edition of the show garnered an average of 7.35 million viewers per episode and reached the highest ratings since its season 13 in 2011.

The new show will be hosted by Julie Chen, who also hosts the other "Big Brother" seasons. Chen revealed to The Hollywood Reporter, a conversation with her husband and CEO of CBS, Leslie Moonves, saying that Chen and her show single-handedly keep the network afloat in summer and added that she keeps the company running. Chen also said that her husband has economic sense and that she trusts that they can make the show profitable.

Kelly Kahl, CBS' Entertainment president, said that "Big Brother" has been a rating winner show since its conception in 2000 and keeps getting stronger through the years. In the past, the network has also utilized the popularity of the franchise, recently, they have launched "Big Brother Over the Top," an online version of the show, "CBS All Access" and "Big Brother: After Dark" in 2007.

"Big Brother" is part of the Endemol Shine umbrella and is franchised in over 40 countries. The UK had already had "Celebrity Big Brother" since 2001 and had American celebrity housemates including Tara Reid, Heidi Fleiss, Brandi Glanville, Stephen Baldwin and Evander Holyfield as mentioned by CNN. The casting for "Celebrity Big Brother" is currently underway while further details will be revealed soon.

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