Big Brother 15 on CBS and Reality TV News, Rumors, Spoilers
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“My summer guilty pleasure could be back as soon as this January. Variety reports that CBS is quietly putting together a new season of “Big Brother” due to the writer’s strike. Nobody knows how long the strike could go on for. It could go on months and networks are looking to reality shows to fill the gap.”

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“Are Julie Chen and her band of summer shut-ins ready for primetime in the regular TV season?

According to Variety and Entertainment Weekly, CBS has already begun casting on the sly for a new season of “Big Brother,” which could be rushed to the air as soon as February.”

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“CBS is gearing up for its first in-season cycle of Big Brother, which would start in February or March, three times a week. The network also ordered a 13th cycle of The Amazing Race, which had planned only one contest this season.”

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“CBS announced it could bring back its reality staple, Big Brother for it’s ninth series as early as January or February, however; reports are unclear if this is going to be a celebrity verison or if it will feature “ordinary” citizens like it has every season. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that a CBS insider is quoted as saying that the production team over at the Big Brother lot in Studio City is quietly staffing for it’s next installment.

Earlier this year Paris Hilton was reported as expressing interest in appearing on the popular British version of Celebrity Big Brother which has featured such American’s as Jermaine Jackson and Tracy Bingham. However; when Channel 4 axed the popular series from their winter line up due to backlash from last seasons show, Paris was left by the wayside after she reportedly said she’d due the series if they “could afford” her.

My only concern is that an American celebrity version of the show would end up being more like The Surreal Life than Big Brother. If they do choose to do a celebrity version they better stick to the rules and treat the celebrities no more or less differently than they would any one else.”

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“As if the report that CBS is planning to counter the writers strike by bringing “Big Brother” back early weren’t depressing enough, now Variety suggests the ant farm might be populated by celebrities this time around.

Says the trade paper: “A long strike might work in favor of such a plan, since some celebs normally busy working on sitcoms and dramas might have some time on their hands.”

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“CBS is reportedly preparing to bring Big Brother back as early as February due to the recent Writers Guild of America strike. “

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“”Big Brother” is usually a summer show, but Variety reports it has started staffing up for an in-season run that could be on the air as soon as February, people familiar with the situation said.

In anticipation of a strike, CBS quietly began casting for the next edition of the show a few weeks ago.”

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“CBS has reportedly begun casting for the upcoming season of Big Brother, which usually airs during the summer months, but may be back on the air as soon as February, Variety reports.

Other reality staples such as Survivor, The Amazing Race and American Idol should also be unaffected by the walkouts. “

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“CBS has found a way to soldier on as the WGA hits the streets during the writers strike. It seems that the Eye Network realized that one of their bigger shows during the dog days of summer is a thrice-weekly reality show that requires no writers and they already have the set built. Don’t look now, but Big Brother is coming back sooner than planned!

According to Variety, the network has been already casting for the peeping-Tom show for a few weeks now. If the strike lingers into the new year, the accelerated Big Brother could be ready to hit the air as soon as February. And since the show is launching in the middle of February sweeps, the producers are preparing a twist to their fighting-strangers formula. “

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“CBS may rely on its “Big Brother” as a strike contingency.

Skein, usually a summer staple, has started staffing up for an in-season run that could be on the air as soon as February, people familiar with the situation said.

Indeed, in anticipation of a strike, Eye quietly began casting for the next edition of the show a few weeks ago.

Exec producer Allison Grodner is also said to be working on a new creative twist for the Julie Chen-hosted skein, in which a group of strangers live together in a house for three months.

There’s been buzz that the next edition of “Big Brother” might actually use celebrities, as opposed to ordinary people. A long strike might work in favor of such a plan, since some celebs normally busy working on sitcoms and dramas might have some time on their hands.

Possibility of an early “Big Brother” popped up on Tuesday’s edition of the Eye’s “Early Show.” Anchor Hanna Storm joked that the show might be back sooner than the summer, prompting a roll of the eyes from Chen. Chen then expressed her hope that the strike is settled soon.

“Big Brother” would be a perfect strike weapon for CBS because it airs three times a week, filling three key hours of primetime.”

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“Big Brother fans, prepare to celebrate the Writers Guild strike. A reliable source says CBS is quietly ramping up production on a ninth cycle of the reality show to begin airing in late January or early February if the strike persists well into the holidays. It’s easy for CBS to fire up production on BB because it owns the house (which is located on the network’s Studio City, CA lot) and it casts for the show year-round. We hear executive producer Allison Grodner is already hiring production staff and, of course, Julie “Chenbot” Chen would return as host. A CBS spokesperson declined comment.

Like seasons past, the network would probably air the show thrice-weekly, although there’s always the possibility of adding more nights since action occurs around-the-clock in the BB house. Last summer, fans demonstrated their desire to watch even more of the house happenings by tuning into to Big Brother: After Dark on Showtime. It’s unclear whether the nightly feeds will resume with this new cycle, though it seems likely. If the midseason BB does go forward, it is unlikely to affect the regular summer run of the show.”

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“Variety reports today that CBS has begun staffing for an early launch of a new season of “Big Brother” due to the writers strike. The show, which normally airs over the summer, could now start again as early as February.

The producers are also toying with the idea to lock up celebrities this time instead of civilians. An idea that grows more and more possible due to the fact that lots of stars are available if the strike continues, and their shows, especially the sitcoms, are kept on hold.”

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Where: NY Castings – 243 W. 30th St., 3rd Fl. (between 7th and 8th Ave.) in NYC
When: 12-8pm, November 18th
Notes: Bring a filled out application from CBS along with a photocopy of photo ID

“Agency casting for CBS’s Big Brother
Television & Music videos : Agency casting for CBS’s Big Brother
Listing no. 52560 – Colorado, USA
Are you an outgoing, intriguing, competitive person who would make the perfect HouseGuest

Big Brother Wants You.
Are you an outgoing, intriguing, competitive person who would make the perfect BIG BROTHER HouseGuest? Are you up for anything and everything? Are you ready to live inside the BIG BROTHER House with a group of strangers while multiple cameras record your every move and sound 24 hours a day, seven days a week? Are you willing to compete for half a million dollars against other participants as aggressive and ambitious as you are? If you can answer yes to these questions, you just might qualify to be a contestant on CBS’s BIG BROTHER.

Please apply now to take part or for more information.

Location: Kansas City, MO

Created: 5 November 2007
Applications accepted until: 30 November 2007
Application criteria: Males & Females aged 21 to 99 from USA”

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“The series “could easily return as soon as March,”Variety reports. Every other season of the show has aired in the summer, debuting in July and concluding about three months later.

Even more surprisingly, Big Brother 9 may be “a long-rumored celebrity edition.” Almost two years ago, TMZ incorrectly reported that CBS was announcing a celebrity edition of the show.”

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