With Big Brother 19 premiering later this summer, CBS has found another way via Candy Crush to further play up the synergy.
The network has officially announced (via THR) that Da’Vonne Rogers, Paul Abrahamian, Frankie Grande and Caleb Reynolds are all going to be appearing next month on the new game show to help successfully kick it off. We’ve seen some of these people before on other Big Brother episodes of The Price is Right — the Frankie commitment still seems to be due to the number of followers he has more so than his actual popularity on the show. (When you consider that, it’s still somewhat of a surprise that he’s been invited to do any other game-show appearances at all.)
Paul is the only first-time contestant from last season to take part in the Candy Crush episode, though Da’Vonne took part in last season as her second go-around in the game. There’s no real surprise seeing him there given how far he made it into the show. Also, he and Da’Vonne both live in the Los Angeles area and therefore, it doesn’t take much effort for CBS to fly them out.
Joining these four within the Candy Crush universe are such Survivor contestants as Woo Hwang, Joe Anglim, Jeremy Collins, and Kelley Wentworth. Clearly, this shows that the CBS series loves Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance, and also many of the people in it. It also helps that Woo is located in LA and Joe spends plenty of time here, as well. With Caleb, you technically have someone with a history on both Big Brother and Survivor, so the show is covering all of their bases there.
For CBS, launching a new game show using familiar faces is smart, since it will help to establish to people what the show is all about. The network also is probably looking for some more stable summer hits, something that they certainly need a little bit more of beyond Big Brother and Zoo. So far, summer has been a mixed bag for networks. While NBC has won big with America’s Got Talent and World of Dance, ABC so far has seen woeful ratings for Still Star-Crossed and this season of The Bachelorette is down big from the one that happened a year before.
As someone who has never played a single game of Candy Crush in our life, we are admittedly far from the last person to know whether or not a game show revolving around it is good. (Photo: CBS.)