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CBS Debuts Big Brother 13 Commercial

| May 16, 2011 at 4:14 PM EST

Now don’t get too excited, but here’s the very first Big Brother commercial for the 2011 season! I say don’t get too excited because just like each early preseason we’re treated to a commercial full of last year’s HGs and events. So nothing new here other than a confirmation of what we already knew: Big Brother will be back on CBS and Big Brother 13 start date is July 7th. Oh, and in true BB form, all the clips are in standard-def which I expect to be true again this summer.

For those just catching up on the pending season, auditions for Big Brother 13 have wrapped and casting is in the final stages. We should hear a confirmation from Kassting Inc. in the next few weeks that the finalists have all been notified.

Are you ready for BB13? Not if you haven’t joined us on Facebook and signed up for the free email updates! Get those now and impress your friends!*

*Not guaranteed to impress your friends, but we’ll sure like you!

Hat tip to Big Brother Access for spotting this commercial.

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Big Brother 13 Premiere Updated and Schedule Confirmed

| May 11, 2011 at 4:37 PM EST

Back in late March Julie Chen went on the Late Late Show and announced the Big Brother 13 start date was July 6, 2011. This week CBS corrected that premiere date with a press release. Oops. It’s okay, Julie. We all still love ya!

BB13 will officially premiere on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 9PM ET/PT.

CBS also confirmed the summer schedule as we previously reported it (thanks to Big Brother Access):

  • Thursdays (live evictions) 9-10PM ET/PT starting 7/7/11
  • Sundays 8-9PM ET/PT starting 7/10/11
  • Wednesdays 8-9PM ET/PT starting 7/13/11

Now that the application process is over for Big Brother 13 we know that Kassting Inc is working hard at selecting the very best cast possible. Robyn Kass says they’ll notify all finalists by the end of May and we should expect a short announcement around the same time to confirm casting is completed.

Make sure you don’t miss any of the Big Brother preseason news (you know, in case CBS changes their minds again!) by getting our free email updates, joining us on Facebook, or following us on Twitter. Lots of news coming soon!

One bonus tidbit of news I’ll share now. This year, the Big Brother live feeds will be available on the go. CBS will release a BB13 Android app for watching the feeds where ever you are. Stick with us and we’ll get you the full details soon.

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Final Week of Big Brother 13 Casting

| May 2, 2011 at 12:49 PM EST

As the Big Brother 13 premiere approaches we’re left with just one final week of casting. Three events remain across the southeast including Louisville on May 4th, Nashville on May 6th, and Charleston on May 7th. Full casting event details here. After that it’s all down to careful reviews and cuts to make the very best BB13 cast.

Robyn Kass, Big Brother casting director, has made a series of announcements over the past few days starting with the application deadline being set for April 29th. So yes, that means there are no more paper applications being accepted and you’re only chance is one of those last three auditions this week.

Robyn also had a message for those who already submitted an application or attended an event: don’t call us, we’ll call you. With thousands of applicants, it just isn’t possible for them to call everyone so instead they’ll only be able to contact those moving forward.

Kass made sure to squash rumors that the cast had already been selected for Big Brother 13. Not true at all, tweets Robyn:

Still meeting people and watching tapes until the end of May. No finalists will be chosen until then, good luck!

Inevitably we’ll see claims from individuals who say they’ve been selected and will be in the house this season. First off, no one will be confirmed until the end of the month. Secondly, anyone lucky enough to be selected will also be informed that if they make any such announcement that they’ll lose their chance at the half-million dollar prize. They are usually a lot of these bogus claims.

Best of luck to all the Big Brother 13 applicants out there. We can wait to see which of you make it, and once you’re in be sure to mention us by name, a lot!

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Big Brother 13 Premiere Date Announced

| April 1, 2011 at 12:20 PM EST

Update: Oh Julie Chen and that trusting smile. You fooled us! Despite her previous claims that the Big Brother 13 premiere would be July 6th, it’s actually Thursday, July 7th at 9PM.

Big Brother 13 might have been officially confirmed months ago, but it’s always nice to have a start date. Lucky for us, Julie Chen came to the rescue with the exciting news that Big Brother would return on Wednesday, July 6th Thursday, July 7th 2011!

Just like past seasons, BB13 will run three nights a week on CBS (I’d guess it’ll be Sun/Wed/Thur like last season), will feature a diverse cast, and lots of sunbathing-worthy bodies as eye candy. We wouldn’t want it any other way.

There’s still time to audition to be part of this season’s cast. If you’re interested be sure to check the full list of casting events then grab your BB13 application and get going! Auditions start on Saturday, April 2nd and run at least through May 7th, though more dates are being added almost daily so keep checking.

Don’t forget to join us on Facebook to get the latest preseason news and be ready when the Early Bird Discount on the live feeds is announced again.

What part of Big Brother are you most anxious to see again?

Update: Big Brother Access has confirmed show nights for Big Brother 13 will be Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

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Big Brother 13 Casting Event Dates Announced – Application Deadline and Callback Updates

| March 19, 2011 at 3:34 PM EST

Big Brother 13 is ready to get started! The initial BB13 auditions and casting events have been announced so you better get your application ready. I’ll be updating this post with the latest casting events so keep checking back here (& @BB13cast) for the latest audition and casting news for Big Brother 13.

Important: You MUST bring to casting events: 1) a completed application, 2) a photocopy of two forms of valid ID, 3) two recent photos.

If you haven’t completed your application and video submission then be sure to check out my interview with Robyn Kass, the casting director for Big Brother. Robyn offers up some great advice so be sure to read it if you’re serious about making the cut and getting in that house this season.

Get Big Brother 13 news with our free Big Brother updates. Click here to sign-up for the free email updates, & join us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter!

Update: Kassting Inc. says 4/29/11 is the deadline to receive applications! Get to the Post Office and overnight those things if you haven’t already!

Update 2: Kassting Inc. says they will call you by the end of May if, and only if, you are moving forward in the process. No call means no dice.

Update 3: That’s it, folks. All the casting events are now complete and no more applicants are being taken. Now we wait a few more weeks to hear confirmation that the finalists have been notified.

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Big Brother 13 Interview: Robyn Kass, Big Brother Casting Director

| March 1, 2011 at 6:00 AM EST

Every Big Brother preseason we’re flooded with auditioning questions on how to apply, nail the audition, and end up in the BB House. While I’d consider myself quite the Big Brother connoisseur and a dedicated fan since the first season I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to casting the best reality show evah, I only know what I’ve gleaned from those more adventurous than me. So, armed with a stack of the most often asked casting questions and my own curiosities of what goes on behind the curtain, I turned to Big Brother Casting Director Robyn Kass of Kassting Inc., who graciously agreed to be interviewed and share her unmatched insight.

Robyn Kass has lead the casting for Big Brother for the past decade since Big Brother 2 along with 26 other reality shows including Survivor, The Bachelor, and The Bachelorette. Having earned her first casting gig with Big Brother in 2001 it’s easy to see Robyn’s professional and personal interests shine through when it comes to making sure each season has the very best Houseguests possible.

So if you’re planning on filling out that Big Brother 13 application, submitting your audition video, and even attending every casting event in your area, then read on to find out everything you should know going in to the casting process.

Robyn Kass on making your Big Brother audition the best it can be:

Big Brother Network: What tends to grab your attention the most in an audition?

Robyn Kass, Kassting Inc.: It’s pretty easy to tell when someone is trying too hard. It’s difficult to explain, but we can tell if you’ve rehearsed what you’re gonna say. Don’t do it. Come in fresh minded, but willing to open up and talk. If we ask you a question, give explanations and stories to back up what you’ve said. We like examples…. if you say “I’m controversial” our next question will probably be “great, give us an example of being controversial….” that’s when there’s usually a LONG pause. Don’t say things if you can’t back it up.

BBN: What are the top three things you’d recommend avoiding during an audition?

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