New 'Big Brother' could air this winter

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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  • Crumbs

    I can only hope this to be true.

  • RayT

    Yes! I hope there’s a special Christmas episode where the houseguests have to don red and green bikinis and fish tree ornaments out of a vat of egg nog!

  • Big Sister

    Yes! Writers strike or not, airing this show 2x’a year is a fantastic idea. I do hope they continue with the after dar”Showtime” feeds. To AG-Please take the many critcisims of the last season to heart. Rules-make a clear set available on the website & stick to it! NO MORE FAIRY TALE ENDINGS for winner who entered the game with the INTENT to cheat, and was encouraged to be sexist, a bully & allowed to get away with everything-just to appease white trash America. Give your intelligent viewers some credit, and let the game play out without your “influence”.

  • To: Allison Grodner

    Alison Grodner, learn from your first time as exec. producer. The manipulation of the cast, disregard for the “fuzzy” rules, rewarding a cheater with your “help” was so transparent, Helen Keller could’ve seen it. FYI-Diversity, practice it. Homosexuals-NO MORE NEGATIVE STEREOTYPICAL SWISHY contestants. Not all of us are limp wristed, high pitched, dramatic, “Nancy Boys”

  • Paul

    The blatant manipulation of Season 8, allowing Dick to slide on his INTENT to cheat, his bullying, and that craptastic “Fairy Tale” white trash ending makes me think this might be a bad idea to repeat, two times a year. Also, the “rules” (which seem to be made up based on a Houseguest’s popularity), should be posted (in their entirety) on the BB website and on a frigging billboard in every room of the house. I WAS a big BB fan and season 8 was rotten. Look at what happened to Hamsterwatch??? If you’re gonna do it twice, do it right.

  • sam

    I was hoping for a new producer. I won’t watch again with this one.

  • S

    Gee Whiz Wally not sure if I will watch or not after what happened this year, I aggree with the white trash way it ended sure turned me off of it and left me so very disappointed in BB!! I have been an avid fan since day one! Please take to heart what the fans wrote about this year Miss Producer. Also if your going to do the feeds on Showtime, how about showing the whole thing and not going to commercial when something happened? Thats why I paid extra for Showtime was to just watch BB!!
    We will see if we watch or not..

  • shrrybaby1270

    I can only hope that BB will be on as early as January. I just hope the rules are meant for ALL players of the game and just not a select few. Having input from us, the fans, was awesome, but put the player in a tought situation (more than once). I did not get to watch the after dark feeds, but sure they were worth it..

  • giapg

    I wish that Daniele will also be invited in that BB8 Again. I really miss Daniele. I hope you will let us see whats the latest news of Daniele. I hope Daniele is happy and have a good fiture. I wish her goodluck and best of everything. God bless you Daniele…

  • shannon mitchell

    i so want to be on big brother how can i sign up or where can i go. someone please help. thank you so much.

  • KoleKitty

    Wow, this is indeed some interesting news, but I’m still in therapy from the BB8 debacle! (j/k)
    Seriously though, can’t we get a different producer this time? And how the heck would they do a winter show in that house? I know it’s L.A. but c’mon, it’s not warm enough to go outside and swim, etc. This should prove to be intersting.

  • To Shannon Mitchell

    Go to, click on Big Brother, and fill out the online application.(You’ll need to download it, its in “Word” format). Hurry, they’re casting this edition now. Maybe you could try for next summer’s show?

  • Anonymous

    Regardless of someone’s religion-stop mocking it. Interesting that during Kaysar’s season (6), there was no mocking of his MUSLIM prayer rug & morning prayer ritual. Season 8 had monks chanting, “church” organ music, etc. No sitar music for Kaysar though.

  • Debbie 96

    In adding to the comments I have been reading, I also have been an avid fan since the first show. However, I shut it off last year with the disgusting, cheap, bully…known as Dick. I was shocked with the way the producer allowed him to threaten the other housemates. It wasn’t my kind of TV….my co-workers and friends agreed and also shut it off….which left me wondering what kind of people were still turning this on. I would turn it on next year…a second chance…hopefully, that wouldn’t happen again…or its goodbye to Julie and Big Brother for good.

  • Tony Moore

    For Allison, You did a great job- The arrowheads that are 2nd guessing you don’t have a clue what it takes. I know as i have been put through it this pass summer. I could smell the front door and can’t wait to try again. love the show. Tony

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