Online ‘Big Brother’ Gets Title, Premiere Date
An exclusive season of Big Brother is heading to the CBS All Access service this fall! And now, we know what the show will be titled, as well as when it will premiere.
The online-exclusive show will be titled Big Brother: Over the Top, and it will begin streaming live on on Wednesday, September 28 at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT on CBS All Access. Further details from Deadline:
Hosted by Julie Chen, Big Brother: Over the Top will kick off its 10-week season with a new cast of houseguests in a reimagining of the Big Brother format for multi-platform audiences. Fans will be able to engage with the houseguests, while also having access to all the Big Brother interactive features — 24/7 live feeds, chat and impact votes, plus a weekly one-hour episode with live evictions and more.
“We are very excited to embark on this new adventure for Big Brother,” said Executive Producer Allison Grodner. “With the unique streaming format, not only will viewers get to see everything play out live, including ceremonies and competitions, but the audience will also participate in the show like never before. Each week will offer unprecedented interactive opportunities that will have an immediate impact on the game.”
Additional details for the digital edition will be announced at a later date. Big Brother: Over the Top is CBS All Access’ third original content effort, joining upcoming original series Star Trek: Discovery and the spinoff of The Good Wife.
This sounds like it could be a lot of fun. And if it’s successful, I could easily see CBS taking more of a Survivor approach with Big Brother, opting for two seasons per year rather than simply airing one season in the summer. I do think there should be a greater amount of time between the end of the televised Big Brother and the start of Over the Top, but I think the network is hoping to ride the momentum from the finale into the new season in order to get people watching, and paying for the subscription service. I guess we’ll see how this all works out. It’s clear that traditional TV is in decline, so it was only a matter of time before a major network tried something like this with one of their hotter properties.
But what do you think of Big Brother: Over the Top? Will you be watching? Sound off in the comments!
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