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Big Brother 17 Is A Go: Houseguests Head Inside As Game Begins

| June 18, 2015 at 9:00 PM EDT

Earlier today the Big Brother 17 Houseguests passed through the front door and officially launched the 2015 season as we prepare for next Wednesday’s premiere event.

Studio 18 on CBS lot in Los Angeles

Big Brother House, Studio 18 on the CBS lot in Los Angeles

In an announcement by Fly On The Wall, the company behind Big Brother, we learned things had “officially started” in the BB17 house and in just under a 100 days someone will be $500K richer:

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Alum Matt Hoffman Pulls His Diamond Veto On Big Brother 17 Cast

| June 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM EDT

Hello once again, Big Brother superfans! It’s your ol’ buddy from Season 12, Matt Hoffman, here to do my annual Big Brother Network cast release commentary (which also doubles as one of the few remaining ways I cling to my long-expired Z-list stardom). This season we have 14 new specimens to examine, so let’s get right into this…

Matt Hoffman

Big Brother alum Matt Hoffman

Audrey MiddletonAudrey Middleton, 25
Hometown: Villa Rica, Ga.
Current City: Villa Rica, Ga.
Occupation: Digital Media Consultant

By now I’m sure you’ve all heard that Big Brother has jumped on the “what’s hot now” bandwagon broken new ground in equality and cast a transgender person for Season 17. That transgender person is Audrey, and she is the full package. Hmmm…poor choice of words…but suffice to say, I think that Audrey’s methodical approach to the game gives her a great shot at taking the winning title. She says she doesn’t want to model her game after any past contestant, and instead compares her style to Dexter Morgan (of the Showtime series Dexter). Ritualistically murdering your fellow housemates is certainly a unique strategy that I haven’t seen play out before. Let’s hope there’s plenty of extra rolls of saran wrap in the storage room and that the live feeds don’t cut out during the kills.

Austin MatelsonAustin Matelson, 30
Hometown: Woodland Hills, Calif.
Current City: Woodland Hills, Calif.
Occupation: Professional Wrestler

I’m glad I watched the video interview and didn’t just go off a picture on this one, because I learned that Austin is actually not homeless, and he does appear to bathe on occasion. Austin is an ex-WWE wrestler who is semi-retired and is now competing on Big Brother…almost like the “alternate universe” version of Jessie Godderz – an ex-Big Brother contestant who is semi-retired (he seems to always creep back into seasons) and is now competing in professional wrestling. Austin’s wrestling name is “Judas”, which makes any true Big Brother superfan really REALLY hope that somehow Season 10’s Jerry MacDonald makes his way back into the house. One particular thing to note about Judas is that it takes him less than 2-minutes into the interview before he puts on a top hat for the duration. I’m still up in the air as to whether this makes me love him or hate him.

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Our Big Brother 17 Cast Interviews – One On One With New Houseguests

| June 17, 2015 at 4:00 PM EDT

This week I met with the newly announced Big Brother 17 cast as each of the Houseguests sat down for a one on one interview where I had the chance to pick their soon-to-be-mush brains before they head inside the house.

Big Brother 17 cast interviews

Big Brother Network’s BB17 cast interviews released

After CBS’s early reveal of their Big Brother cast interviews, all of which are available now in the Live Feeds archive, we’ve now been given the green light to share our collection of videos as well.

Working from a combination of newly developed questions, some trusty ones from past years, and lots of great suggestions from readers I set out to discover a mix of the HGs’ background, their strategy, and what we could expect from them inside the Big Brother 17 house.

Watch our BB17 interview videos below and if you enjoy them please share with your friends!

Any early favorites for you in the mix here? Several of them surprised me between what I read in their bios and what I discovered in person. This really does seem like a strong cast and I love how so many of them are actual, real Big Brother fans.

Feel free to share these videos and/or embed them on your site or profiles. If you enjoyed our interviews, please considering going through our links & banners to get your Live Feeds ordered this season. That helps offset the high cost of the cross country trip to film these. Thanks!

Big Brother Network’s BB17 Cast Interview Videos:

Audrey Middleton (25) – Bio & details

Austin Matelson (30) – Bio & details

Becky Burgess (26) – Bio & details

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Big Brother 17 Twist Revealed: ‘Big Brother Takeover’

| June 17, 2015 at 2:25 PM EDT

The Big Brother 17 twist has been revealed as CBS introduces the “Big Brother Takeover” featuring surprises every week for the new cast of Houseguests to “shake up” the house.

Julie Chen has a secret on Big Brother

Julie Chen has a secret on Big Brother – Source: CBS

The new Big Brother Takeover sends in a guest each week with the purpose of introducing a new twist in to the game and the first week will double up with a guest appearing on both of the two premiere night events for some double twist trouble. So just what should we expect?

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Meet The Big Brother 17 Cast – Houseguests Bios & Details – New CBS Photos Added

| June 16, 2015 at 9:15 AM EDT

Meet the Big Brother 17 cast as your new Houseguests for the 2015 season as they prepare to head inside their new home and keep us entertained for the next three months.

Big Brother 17 Cast of Houseguests

Today I am sitting down with each of these BB17 cast members for our preseason interviews, available on Wednesday at 1PM PT, but this morning CBS is giving an exclusive video reveal to Live Feeds subscribers. Want to watch the sneak peek announcement? Get your Free Trial now & start watching!


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No need to wait for all that though. We’ve got your full list of the Big Brother 17 Houseguests right now and you’ll immediately notice just fourteen members this year which has my senses tingling. I passed third grade math, mostly, and can recognize 14 HGs across 97 days does not add up. Hmm. So what’s going on? We’ll have to wait on the upcoming twist reveal just around the corner.

The BB17 cast has 7 men and 7 women with some BIG personalities. Here they are, your new cast. Click each cast member’s picture or name for a full bio write-up:

Audrey MiddletonAudrey Middleton (25) – Bio & details
Hometown: Villa Rica, Ga.
Current City: Villa Rica, Ga.
Occupation: Digital Media Consultant

Austin MatelsonAustin Matelson (30) – Bio & details
Hometown: Woodland Hills, Calif.              
Current City: Woodland Hills, Calif.
Occupation: Professional Wrestler

Becky BurgessBecky Burgess (26) – Bio & details
Hometown: Denver, Colo.
Current City: Denver, Colo.
Occupation: Retail Manager

Clay HoneycuttClay Honeycutt (23) – Bio & details
Hometown: Dickinson, Texas
Current City: College Station, Texas
Occupation: Graduate Student (Texas A&M)

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Big Brother 17 House Revealed – Update: More Pics & Video Added

| June 15, 2015 at 12:45 PM EDT

The Big Brother 17 house has been revealed as CBS releases our first look at the home for this season’s new Houseguests ahead of next week’s premiere event and Tuesday’s cast reveal.

Big Brother 17 House revealed - Source: ET/CBS

Big Brother 17 House revealed – Source: ET/CBS

Entertainment Tonight landed the house video tour with Big Brother host Julie Chen as she takes our through the new design and 2015 season theme for the first time. The video will be out later tonight but right now we have the first look directly from ET!

The new design, featuring a beach theme, is gorgeous and I think I like it even better than last year with it’s flashier colors and design. The upstairs has something new and cool too with an extra 150+ square feet thanks to a glass bridge added in by Big Brother house designer Scott Storey.

Check out a few of the photos below, ET has the full set, and get ready to meet the Big Brother 17 cast tomorrow morning with their CBS interviews released only on the Live Feeds.

What do you think of the new design? And where’s that Have-Not room? What could it be!

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Update: More pics have been added below thanks to the video tour released by ET Canada. Few more views of the space as host Julie Chen walks us around the Big Brother 17 house. BigBrotherAccess.com has even more pics from this set.

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