CBS has renewed Big Brother for Seasons 19 and 20, along with an online season which will stream on the network’s All Access digital service in fall 2016, Deadline reports:
Original series are coming to CBS All Access sooner than we thought. I have learned that a new season of CBS’ summer staple, veteran reality series Big Brother, will air this fall on the SVOD service. Big Brother Season [18.5] will be 10 weeks, a little shorter than the show’s typical 13-14-week run, I hear.
The additional All Access fall season is being described as a brand ‘expansion’ and wont replace the annual summer season on CBS, with Big Brother Season 19 and 20 airing summer 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Marc DeBevoise, President and Chief Operating Officer of CBS Interactive, said of the series extension:
“Big Brother is an incredible success on the CBS Television Network and has always been ahead of its time when it comes to fan engagement. Already, the Big Brother Live Feeds are some of the most popular content on CBS All Access and with this new digital edition we will explore ways to reimagine this format for multi-platform audiences.”
UPDATED with official press release:
CBS has renewed the summer reality hit BIG BROTHER for its 19th and milestone 20th seasons for broadcast in summer 2017 and 2018. The series is hosted by Julie Chen.
Since it premiered on CBS in the summer of 2000, BIG BROTHER has consistently finished among the summer’s top-rated series in young demographics. Summer-to-date, all three weekly broadcasts rank among the top five programs in A18-34, and the top 10 programs in A18-49 and A25-54.
In addition, since its premiere to date, this summer’s BIG BROTHER is the most social series on TV, according to Nielsen Social, and total streams across digital platforms are up 33% over last year.
The current season of BIG BROTHER airs Sundays and Wednesdays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and Thursdays (9:00-10:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT), featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen, on the CBS Television Network.
BIG BROTHER follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with 87 HD cameras – seven more than last year – and more than 100 microphones, recording their every move 24 hours a day. Each week someone will be voted out of the house, with the last remaining Houseguest receiving the grand prize of $500,000. BIG BROTHER is produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan for Fly on the Wall Entertainment, in association with Endemol Shine North America.
Stay tuned as we now monitor the status of Big Brother Season 21…