You’re going to get way more of “Big Brother” this coming fall, and in a completely different form than ever before.
A new report from Deadline follows up on what was first reported by Reality Blurred last week: There is going to be a 19th season of the show airing this fall. Also, they state that it will air on CBS All Access, which is something that many sites (including Vulture and our own) have also suggested was a strong (and really the only) possibility. CBS already has a full fall schedule, so there was nowhere that the show could fit on the normal schedule. Also, All Access is looking for other originals to add to an arsenal that includes the upcoming “Star Trek: Discovery” and also a spin-off for “The Good Wife.”
The Deadline report notes that the new season will feature all-new houseguests, and will have the same production team as the broadcast version. This is probably good news for some die-hard fans of the franchise that miss it when it’s gone.
As for everyone else, we think this sounds exhausting when you consider just how many “Big Brother” shows we’ve gotten the past few years. We’ve already been diving into a season of the Canadian version of the year, plus nearly 100 days of the U.S. show. With this new season, we’re venturing into a territory where two-thirds of the year, we are watching people compete for a prize in a house.
Our fear is that a situation will unfold similar to what happened to the singing-show genre, where there is so much content that it leads to overexposure and causes viewer fatigue. You want your seasons to feel special. Yet, maybe this season is a make-good for the one-step-away-form-garbage season we’re getting on CBS proper this summer.
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