CBS has made it official with a formal announcement. Big Brother Over The Top will air this fall, as we previously discussed, and it will be entirely online through All Access, just like I told you to expect.
If you can’t get enough BB then you’re in luck because we’re about to get more Big Brother in 2016 while Big Brother 19 will air next summer after the current season of Big Brother 18.
When the new season of Big Brother Over The Top debuts in a few weeks, good grief I can’t believe I just typed those words, it will air entirely online through CBS All Access. This is the same sort of approach the network is taking with their new Star Trek series which made the move completely believable to me when the rumors started the other week.
This online version of Big Brother will run only ten weeks, as compared to the summer season’s ever growing duration of 12-13 weeks, which means we’ll could either expect fewer Houseguests or less of these returning HG twists. Either way could be a good thing as something different.
We don’t know how much Julie Chen will be involved and that’s a big question mark for me. Without live shows on broadcast I might expect them to try and cut costs and I imagine Julie doesn’t come cheap, but would the show be Big Brother without her hosting?
CBS has released a statement saying the new seasons will start “soon after the latest winner is crowned” as a “new digital edition of the series.” As for the team involved, Big Brother will have its regular production crew back and “Big Brother host Julie Chen will also be part of the digital edition.” Julie would probably be the host, but since it was vaguely worded we’ll have to wait and make sure.
There are so many questions, but for right now we can expect Big Brother Over The Top to be held fall 2016 and move to entirely online through CBS All Access. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and get our Email Updates for further updates on this news. You can always download our Big Brother app as well for even more coverage.
If you’re concerned that you’ll have to watch BBOTT episodes on your computer then you’ll be happy to hear it’s actually really easy to watch All Access on your TV and you probably already have a device that will let you do that. More details on how to watch All Access on your TV.
Want to be part of the Big Brother cast? They’re actively casting for BBOTT so get over there, submit your application, and see what happens. Best of luck!
Update: Article revised to note CBS has released a formal statement confirming BBOTT on All Access.