Will the WGA strike bring an early winter Big Brother 9?
According to the Hollywood Insider Blog at EW.com, CBS and Allison Grodner (executive producer) might be putting together the first ever winter version of Big Brother, a summer reality mainstay.
With cameras filming 24/7 for an internet live feeds audience, the recent addition of three hours of live feeds available every night on Showtime's sister network ShoToo, and three episodes a week -- it's obvious why the network might be looking at Big Brother if the strike goes on past the holidays. It's filler with ratings!Applications opened not long after the last season finished airing, plus the show actively recruits for contestants throughout the year. The house and technologies are always in place. It's just casting and getting the staff to work which would need any sort of set-up time. And, if it comes to fruition, perhaps the show fans can be spared of any odd convoluted twists and just go by the original format -- strangers living in a house.
The Hollywood Insider Blog article said CBS declined to comment, but that they heard that Allison Grodner is already hiring production staffers and that Julie Chen will return to host the show. If a winter version -- BB9 -- airs, it shouldn't affect the regular summer season. It would be just an added bonus season for show fans.
Of course, if the writers strike ends before the holiday season, all bets on the possibility of a Big Brother 9 in January are off.