Celebrities are going to enter the Big Brother USA house for the first time ever in the new year.
Host Julie Chen confirmed the news at the end of Thursday night’s double eviction episode. The celebrity edition of the show will be the first to air outside the usual summer format since 2008.
“Big Brother has been dominating pop culture throughout its 19 seasons, and it is exciting to grow the franchise with the first-ever celebrity edition in the U.S.,” said executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan in a statement. “Celebrities will be under the watchful eye of the Big Brother cameras, facing the classic game elements, and of course new twists in this special winter event.”
No cast members have been announced yet, but the rumors are sure to be running rampant as we get closer to January.
Just like the ‘civilian’ version of the show, fans will be able to view a 24/7 live feed from inside the house. Pop TV will also continue to broadcast their late night show Big Brother After Dark, a uncensored late-night feed.
Chen will return to front the series. Details on the length of the season and more information will be revealed at a later date.
The current 19th season of Big Brother is averaging over 6 million viewers and is in the top five of the key 18-34 and 18-49 demographics.
Celebrity Big Brother airs in the U.K. and will launch its 21st series in January as well.
Big Brother 19 airs Sunday’s, Wednesday’s, and Thursday’s on CBS with the finale set for September 20.