This blog entry is going to confuse some of you. Yes, I’m talking about the Big Brother CBS reality series on my regular blog as opposed to my blog that covers the show. I don’t usually do this, but something rather extraordinary has happen that fans have been clamoring about the past week.
A few days or so after the 18th season finishes on September 21st and awards $500,000 to the winner, a 19th season will commence. It will not air on CBS, but on the CBS All Access app you can get on your computer, phone, IPad, XBox, what have you. The season will go about 10 weeks, which means it should end between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. Later in the day yesterday, it was reported that the 20th season of Big Brother will air on the CBS network next summer.
Everything else about the 19th season coming so soon is still speculation at this point. Will the season begin with 16 houseguests or a reduced cast, and/or a reduced prize? Will there be one-hour shows on CBSAA, live feeds, or both? Now that all competitions are embargoed from live feeds and feedsters, will that change with no TV show to embargo comps for? With a season taking place right after a previous season, won’t there be viewer fatigue?
This is going to be weird for me as a fan. It’s like finding out your favorite artist from the 80’s and/or 90’s released a recording of a concert from a long time ago somewhere in the middle of Europe, but it’s only going to be available on ITunes. It will be one of the first major network TV reality shows to go from the TV box to going totally online, but it should be an interesting experiment.
For the series, this is either the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning.