The Big Brother cast search ends in just a few days for the 2013 season making this your final week to apply for Big Brother 15 as the online application system closes its doors on May 11, 2013 at midnight PT.
Open-call casting events wrapped up in late April, but CBS has kept the online submission process open to collect even more applications. As we heard from Julie Chen last week, that’s because CBS is looking for “more HouseGuests than ever!”
Before applying remember to check these basic requirements: you must be at least 21 years old, a US citizen, and awesome. That last one is our requirement, but we’re guessing it’ll help you get picked to head inside the Big Brother 15 house this summer. Read the full requirements list to make sure you’re eligible to apply.
To apply you’ll need to fill out a short online form and upload a video to go along with your application. This is your chance to impress so take your time and do it right. Don’t wait until Friday afternoon to start thinking about your submission!
We’re just weeks away from the premiere of Big Brother 15 in late June, 2013 (watch the first official CBS promo). Yes, I said June. CBS has moved up the season launch by two weeks along with a whole new schedule of shows. There is a lot going on here to make us think BB15 could be the best season in a long time.
Julie Chen is putting Big Brother 15 in the spotlight this week with a significant reveal.
Tuesday on CBS’ “The Talk” Julie Chen made a quick announcement saying, “Big Brother is getting even bigger this summer which means we need you. The show is starting two weeks early on Wednesday, June 26th, and we need more HouseGuests than ever.”
More HGs than ever means a lot of hamsters! Last season we heard it was the “most ever” with sixteen players, even though BB9 matched the same number of HGs (counting Neil, who left very early). That means we could be hitting seventeen, eighteen, or even more houseguests for Big Brother 15. Wow.
An extra two weeks of the show with an early premiere this summer makes this extension of the cast an obvious situation and much preferred to the option of cutting out our favorite Double Eviction nights. Can’t have those going missing on us.
Julie Chen reminded viewers that it’s not too late to apply. All 2013 season open call casting events have passed us by, but you can still apply online. Check out all the details on how to apply for Big Brother and submit your application right now.
We’ll continue to post preseason news for Big Brother 15 as we close in on the June 26, 2013 premiere event. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and by Email to get all those updates sent to you so you never miss a thing.
This week CBS announced a significant change to the way Big Brother 15 fans will keep an eye on the most closely watched house each summer.
When the 2013 season premieres on June 26th, two weeks early this year, viewers will no longer be using RealNetwork’s SuperPass service for an uncensored view inside the Big Brother house. CBS has ended its thirteen season relationship with RealNetworks in favor of self-hosting the Live Feed access via the CBS.com website.
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While few details were released to us it appears there should be little change in the actual viewing experience for fans as CBS is promising “New Season. New Home. Same Feeds.” Viewers concerned about expanded blackouts and cutaways should keep in mind that CBS has always controlled the content flowing out of the Big Brother house and on to the Feeds. There’s sure to still be Feed blocks and frustration on the viewers’ end, but it should be no worse than before. Tweets of discontent can now be aimed directly at the source.
Side Note: I’m reading lots of misplaced fears that blackouts will intensify with this change. We have no reason to believe that. As I tried to explain above, there should be no change. CBS has always had control of what goes out on the Feeds. RealNetworks provided the streaming service, they never had editorial control over content in that way. If you’re panicking about more blocked Feeds then please take a deep breath and stop worrying.
It is also likely that the Feeds will continue to be a paid subscription service as both CBS and Real assured affiliates the referral program, a critical funding source for sites like this, would continue in some form. “We have been working with CBS.com and they understand the critical role you play in generating the interest and subscribers for this product,” said RealNetworks in a release to affiliates of the Live Feed program.
This change could also offer an opportunity for an improvement in technology and delivery of the Feeds though after dealing with Big Brother Canada and the lack of “Flashback” we are anxious to have a full feature set confirmed by CBS.
As of now we only have the cities but no specific locations or dates for each of them. Robyn Kass, the BB casting director, has promised those details will soon be released along with possibly a few more cities to round up the Big Brother 15 Houseguests. Last year there were twenty seven open call events compared to the original list of just fifteen so I’d expect to see more added as we head toward the early premiere this summer.
To help prepare you for your audition we recommend you read our interview with Robyn Kass, Matt Hoffman’s in-depth casting guide, or Dan Gheesling’s e-book. All three of them are highly qualified to share advice on becoming the next Big Brother 15 HG.
We’ll keep an eye on the this information and update the list as more details are released. In the meantime, you can start searching for the closest city.
List last updated April 18th
Big Brother 15 Casting Events:
This weekend the open-call casting process officially kicks off for Big Brother 15 as Kassting Inc., the perennial hosts of all things BB casting, prepares for the first event in Los Angeles this Saturday at CBS’ Radford Studios.
While Robyn Kass, Big Brother casting director, announced in mid-February that online applications would begin being accepted, this weekend’s debut of the open-call events will be the first of nineteen audition opportunities for potential HouseGuests to meet the casting team in person. Kassting has been releasing new dates and locations this month with additional events potentially added considering last year’s nearly thirty auditions.
Applicants are reminded not to bring any paperwork or applications with them to the in-person events unlike past seasons prior to the arrival of the online system. Kass also suggests auditioners wear comfortable clothes, avoid rehearsing answers, and to come later in the event’s time to avoid long lines.
Big Brother 15 hopefuls unable to locate an open-call event near them are encouraged to audition online and are reminded it is unnecessary to audition both in person and by an online application as all are reviewed by the same team.
Best of luck to all applicants! We can’t wait to see you in the Big Brother house this summer when the season returns two weeks early with a June 26, 2013 premiere!
The casting director for CBS’ Big Brother 15 has just announced that casting for the 2013 summer season begins today! Open calls for auditions usually begin in March or April and run through May and Robyn Kass promises we’ll see those casting dates and locations very soon:
— Robyn Kass (@Kassting) February 18, 2013
Keep in mind that you do not need to use both methods to apply, according to casting director Robyn Kass. As for which method is better, BB12’s Matt Hoffman recommends submitting an application so you can control the interview, but plenty of HGs have made it in both ways.
No matter how you decide to apply for Big Brother 15 just be sure to do it! We want to see you in the house entertaining us when the season premieres in late June, but you can only do that if you take the first step. Best of luck to everyone who applies.