‘Big Brother’ Plans Its First Celebrity Season

Big Brother Host Julie Chen
Julie Chen hosts ‘Big Brother’ (Photo by Bill Inoshita © 2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc)

CBS’s Big Brother will be attempting something new with its first celebrity edition. The special celebrity season will air this winter, followed by the show’s 20th regular season airing in the summer of 2018. Julie Chen will return as host and, according to CBS, the reality series’ celebrity edition will be a shortened season.

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 executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan. “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 celebrity season will air multiple episodes each week and will feature the Head of Household and Power of Veto competitions as well as live eviction episodes. For those who can’t get enough of the houseguests, CBS All Access will provide a paid subscription live-stream from inside the house. Details on what celebrities will be participating will be announced later this year.

2017’s summer season is averaging 7.3 million viewers.

Series Details: Big Brother follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with 87 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones, recording their every move 24 hours a day.