We’ve got a lot of questions about the new Big Brother Over The Top season starting up on Wednesday night and while we’ve heard a lot of scattered details there’s a new interview today from THR with a good dose of information straight from the BB executive producers.
Executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan are again running the show for this latest Big Brother series which makes them the top source of BBOTT details and there’s a lot of it. You’ll want to read the full interview but here’s the rundown on highlights for what to expect.
Big Brother Over The Top will obviously borrow heavily from the CBS broadcast version, but not everything is going to make the leap. “OTEV, Zingbot and a lot of the stuff that people love from the broadcast show — all of those are staying in the broadcast world,” explains Meehan.
Yes, the winner of BBOTT will be decided entirely by the audience with no Jury this season, says Grodner: “The jury is a staple for the summer show and we thought that this would be an interesting experiment that obviously hasn’t been tried here in the U.S. since the beginning.”
Viewers are voting on the winner, but it sounds like they won’t be interfering with nominations as I thought they might with possibly giving some of the HGs safety from danger that week. “There’s a nice balance between the houseguests having control in terms of nominations and evictions and other things within the house,” says Grodner.
Update: Scratch that. In another interview Grodner says, “We can tell you that [viewers] will be involved in nominations.”
Don’t expect the CBS version to lose its Jury just because BBOTT is doing away with it this year. “In the summer edition, we’d like to keep the jury,” explains Grodner.
We know that Alex Willett and Morgan Willett are sisters, but production won’t be forcing that reveal. It’ll be up to the sisters who will be each playing their own game, says Grodner. “They will be playing as two houseguests. They’re going into the house together. The question is how will they choose to play that. Will they be upfront about being sisters? Will they try to hide that?”
The cast is predominantly southern, but both producers say that wasn’t intentional or a targeted region for the BBOTT cast of Houseguests.
As for the house itself, there are changes and things will look different, but this time they had 4 days instead of around 8 weeks. Heh. I’m wondering if someone’s construction budget just got slashed for next season. “It’s a smaller transformation than normal. We took our summer house and modified it as quickly as we possibly could in three or four days. It will have a slightly different look. A couple of the rooms will be the same with maybe some subtle changes. The “Have Not” room will change a bit,” says Meehan.
This Wednesday night’s premiere show is entirely live. The move in is live and will be online for viewers as it happens. “This all will roll out live! They’ll be moving on Wednesday night live! This will be how the show will be. You will see it all!” says Grodner.
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