3:30pm PT by Philiana Ng
'Big Brother' Renewed for Seasons 17 and 18
There will be more Big Brother.
Ahead of Wednesday's finale, CBS announced that it has officially renewed the reality staple for 17th and 18th seasons for broadcast over the next two summers, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Julie Chen, who has hosted since the first season, will continue to lead the series. Big Brother: After Dark, the daily Big Brother live feed show, will also return for another season on the newly named POP network (formerly TVGN), which launches early in 2015. Casting is already underway for the 17th edition.
“Big Brother continues to be one of the summer’s most dominant programs, and with each season, Allison and Rich produce the most twisted ways to evolve the series creatively,” said Chris Castallo, CBS executive vp alternative programming. “With its one-of-a-kind format, coupled with its passionate, socially engaged fan base, no other show comes close to duplicating it.”
Season to date, Big Brother — airing three nights a week in primetime and the longest of the franchise (clocking in at 97 days) — has averaged 7.6 million viewers and a 2.7 in the all-important adults 18-49, easily making it one of the summer's top-rated original series. This summer's edition is up in both viewership and the 18-49 demo.
This season has been tame compared to the controversy-ridden 15th cycle. "Certainly there are things to be learned from what happened and what happened to some of the people who said some of the things they did last season," executive producer Allison Grodner told THR ahead of the season. "I think that did not go unnoticed this year by the cast going into the house."
And in response to speculation about a potential all-star season in the near future, Grodner left the door open: "We're in season 16 — our last full all-star [season] was seven, so I'm sure there's one in the near future. [Right now] we're building up more all-stars."
Big Brother is executive produced by Grodner and Rich Meehan for Fly on the Wall Entertainment in association with Endemol USA.
Big Brother will crown the season-16 winner of the $500,000 grand prize during the 90-minute finale airing 9:30 p.m. PT/ET Wednesday on CBS.