Great news, my fellow Big Brother fans. CBS has renewed the summer hit for two more seasons. BB17 will air summer 2015 and BB18 will air summer 2016. As long as she doesn’t suffer any programming malfunctions between now and then, Julie Chenbot will continue her duties as host.
This marks the first time ever in Big Brother‘s sixteen season run that CBS has ordered two seasons in one shot. This, thanks to Big Brother 16‘s increase in viewers – averaging 7.56 million in the key demo – and increase in ratings over the summer-long nightmare that was Big Brother 15.
Tonight on Big Brother, we see Caleb Reynolds move into the Big Brother 16 house. Unlucky Caleb is the first Big Brother 16 houseguest to garner controversial headlines. Unfortunately, if last season is any indication, he won't be the one and only. Countless racial, homophobic, and misogynistic remarks made Big Brother 15 not-so-much fun. Are we headed down the same path for Big Brother 16? One peek at Caleb's social media accounts suggests we are, indeed, headed down the same path.
Big Brother 16 is right around the corner. I, for one, am super excited. It can't be worse than BB15, right? Right?!? OMG I hope I'm RIGHT! So, we've already met the Big Brother 16 Houseguests, and now it is time to see the house they'll live in. The theme of the Big Brother 16 house is an urban tree house.
CBS: "This season, the Big Brother houseguests will live in a whimsical urban tree house-themed dwelling. The living room features a 20-foot-high wood tree sculpture and wood panels that give the illusion of peering out into the world from inside the tree. The theme continues with the dining room’s branch-bound chairs and the kitchen’s butcher block island made from slabs of eucalyptus trees. Nestled above the living room is a tree house where the houseguests can play chess. The Head of Household suite includes a giant bird’s nest for the bed and a wall lined with bird houses. The bedroom decor is based on the classical elements earth, wind, and fire with the bathroom’s theme being water."
The photos reveal a new and improved memory wall. "Because we're in HD, we were able to change up the technology," explainedCBS production designer Scott Storey. "We will be using them not only for the houseguests but we'll be putting in different games and moments from the show."
I know I'm not the only one who is counting down the days until Big Brother 16 begins. CBS has released the names, photos, and bios of the Big Brother 16 cast, adding, "Big Brother to debut its MOST TWISTED season ever!"
Twist Number One: Two houseguests will win Head of Household each week. Each HoH will nominate two houseguests for eviction every week. For the first time ever, winning HoH will not guarantee safety for the week.
Twist Number Two: A new interactive element to the game, Team America, will give fans power to influence the game. Twist Number Three: A new competition, Battle of the Block, will dramatically shift the power in the house each week.
“When the houseguests learn about the new twists, they will need to throw out any pre-existing strategy if they want to survive in the game,” promisedAllison Grodner. “The new Battle of the Block competition will shake up the power in the house like never before – a houseguest can go from zero to hero – or vice versa – every week!"
I fully expect Big Brother to bring back a few (if not all) veteran players next summer. This season's much anticipated all new cast sucked. That said it's hardly been the "worst season ever" as far as ratings go. Big Brother 15 is averaging 7.29 million viewers and viewership is up 11% over last summer.