CBS debuts the 15th season of “Big Brother” on Wednesday, June 26. On June 4, the network revealed new ways to access the show on TV, online, plus on tablets and mobile phones. For 2013, fans can watch the popular reality series on all screens including the show’s ever-popular 24-hour live feeds subscription service. In addition to the new 2013 multi-platform offerings, “Big Brother” will continue to offer fans opportunities to utilize social media to unlock exclusive content, impact the house and interact with this season’s house guests.
“We’re building on ‘Big Brother’s’ major strides in interactivity – including primetime reality TV’s first live Twitter vote – by bringing the show’s die-hard fans even more opportunities to impact components of the show and interact with this season’s house guests,” said Rob Gelick, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Platforms for CBS Interactive Entertainment. “Fans will have the most imersive, 360-degree ‘Big Brother’ experience ever, across every possible screen, including social media integrations, the Live Feeds on CBS.com, and full episodes on the CBS App.”
“Big Brother” first aired in the U.S. in 2000 when Eddie McGee won the premiere season. The show puts a group of people together in a house and isolates them from the outside world. Their every movement is captured on camera. Each series lasts for about three months. To win the final cash prize of $500,000, a contestant must survive periodic evictions and be the last one standing. Below are past U.S. winners.
- Season 1 (2000): Eddie McGee
- Season 2 (2001): Will Kirby
- Season 3 (2002): Lisa Donahue
- Season 4: (2003): Jun Song
- Season 5: 2004): Drew Daniel
- Season 6 (2005): Maggie Ashburn
- Season 7 (2006: All-Stars): Mike Malin
- Season 8 (2007): Dick Donato
- Season 9 (2008): Adam Jasinski
- Season 10 (2008): Dan Gheesling
- Season 11 (2009): Jordan Lloyd
- Season 12 (2010): Hayden Moss
- Season 13 (2011): Rachel Reilly
- Season 14 (2012): Ian Terry
The idea for “Big Brother” is said to have come during a brainstorming session at the Dutch-based Endermol Studios in 1997. The very first version of “Big Brother” launched in 1999 on Veronica in the Netherlands. Since then, the format has become a worldwide TV franchise, airing in dozens of countries in a variety of versions. There are currently 297 worldwide winners of “Big Brother.” The most recent is Anaidi Kaloti from Albania.
Below is the new cast of house mates for the upcoming 2013 season.
- Ashley (26): Owner of a mobile spray tanning co. from Pittsburgh
- Danielle (23): Nurse from Grant, Ala.
- Frank (28): Unemployed from Naples, Fla.
- Ian (21): Engineer from Pittsburgh
- Jenn (37): Musician from NYC
- Jodi (42): Restaurant server from Englewood, Colo.
- Joe (41): Chef from Lexington, Ky.
- JoJo (26): Bartender from Staten Island, N.Y.
- Kara (29): Model from Orlando, Fla.
- Shane (26): House flipper from Bennington, Vt.
- Will (24): Marketing consultant from Louisville, Ky.
- Willie (34): Tankerman from Vinton. La.
2013 housemates from previous seasons:
- Britney: Famously evicted in season 12
- Dan: Was the first houseguest to win by a unanimous vote
- Janelle: Finished in 3rd place in seasons 6 and 7
- Mike “Boogie”: One of the most infamous players of all time
How to watch “Big Brother” on TV, online, on tablets and on mobile phones in 2013
- “Big Brother” on CBS: “Big Brother” returns Wednesday, June 26 (8-9 p.m. EST/PST), on the CBS Television Network. Following the premiere, “Big Brother” will be broadcast three nights weekly – Sundays (8-9 p.m. EST/PST, beginning June 30), Tuesdays (9-10 p.m. EST/PST, beginning July 2) and the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen will be broadcast on Wednesdays (8-9 p.m. live EST/delayed PST, beginning July 3).
- “Big Brother” on TVGN: Starting this summer, TVGN (TV Guide Network) will become the exclusive television destination for “Big Brother: After Dark,” a curated live feed from the “Big Brother” house during the late-night hours. “Big Brother: After Dark” will air two hours, seven nights a week (12:00-2:00 a.m. live EST/delayed PST) beginning Wednesday, June 26. During its premiere week, “Big Brother: After Dark” will air commercial-free on TVGN. To locate TVGN on basic cable, viewers can visit www.tvgn.tv for a channel finder.
- “Big Brother” Live Feeds on CBS.com: The “Big Brother” Live Feeds are moving home to CBS.com. Available via subscription on a season-long or monthly basis, the Live Feeds will provide an exclusive all-access pass to the “Big Brother” house. Fans will have access to the features they know and love – including subscriber-only web chat, four different live feeds, multiple camera angles, quad-camera view, and live stream playback – along with new features like live feed highlights, offering bookmarks of key moments in the house; the ability to rewind within live playback; Houseguest status updates; and more. For more information or to sign-up for an Early Bird Special, fans can visit: www.cbs.com. (As in past years, CBS may delay and/or black out the webcast on occasion in order to preserve the drama for “Big Brother” television viewers).
- “Big Brother” Live Feeds on Mobile Devices: In addition to watching on CBS.com, subscribers will also be able to access the “Big Brother” Live Feeds on mobile devices by visiting cbs.com/bblivefeeds/ from their mobile browser.
- “Big Brother” on the CBS App: iPhone and iPad users can catch up on full episodes of “Big Brother” on the CBS App, where they will also be able follow and join the social media conversation around the show, view photos and get details on the cast. As in previous years, full-length episodes and clips will also be available on CBS.com and across select CBS Audience Network partner sites.
- CBS.com’s “Big Brother” Live Chat: The weekly “Big Brother Live Chat” web series returns with host and former “Big Brother” Houseguest Jeff Schroeder. Every Friday, Schroeder will take questions directly from fans Via “Big Brother” Connect and interview House Guests and series experts in a live online webcast.
- CBS.com’s “Big Brother” Memorable Moments: Fans will be treated to “Big Brother Memorable Moments,” a new miniseries featuring a look back at some of the more memorable moments of the last 14 seasons.
“Big Brother” Social Media
- Big Brother Connect: “Big Brother” fans can interact with one another and the show via CBS.com’s “Big Brother” Connect social hub, which aggregates all of the social media conversations happening around the show.
- “Big Brother” on Twitter: Fans can follow @CBSBigBrother for updates on the show; @BigBrotherScoop for exclusive production updates; and @BigBrotherHoH for messages from each week’s Head of Household.
- Flock to Unlock and the “Big Brother” Photo Booth: Fans will have opportunities to use the power of Twitter to access exclusive photos from inside the house. New this season, the “Big Brother” house will also feature a photo booth where house guests will take exclusive photos to share with fans on CBS.com.
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