The future of Big Brother Canada is hanging in the balance after Global left the show off its preliminary schedule for a ninth season in 2021 over COVID-19 fears.
The eighth run of the show was cut short after the Canadian government lockdown forced production to end the season eight weeks early with no winner being crowded. Now, there is a chance that could be how the franchise ends as the show’s future is left hanging in the balance.
Corus Entertainment’s Troy Reeb told Big Brother Maple the decision to put the show on hold, for now, comes down to the financial impact of ending the eighth season eight weeks early.
“We’re obviously big fans of the show but still waiting to see the impacts of COVID on our budgets. We will know more in a few months,” he said.
In a statement, Global says no decision has been made on the future of the show at this time.
“At this time, we have not made any announcements regarding Season 9 of Big Brother Canada,” the network told Big Blagger. “Though Big Brother is always watching, Big Brother is also listening. We will share information and updates as soon as they’re available.”
Big Brother USA has also been put into doubt as well due to COVID-19 beginning to spread again in the states. Rumours have suggested an All-Star season will take place but the start date has been reportedly pushed back to late July or early August.
Big Brother Canada has been previously put on hiatus following Season 5 but that decision was reversed after fans signed several online petitions to bring the show back.