As usual, the “Big Brother” house has gotten an upgrade, but this is time it’s more literal than usual. With a new Silicon Valley theme, the “Big Brother 20” abode is decked out with all sorts of high-tech gadgets and interactive toys for the Houseguests to play with (except, you know, their phones).
Julie Chen gave a tour of the house (watch above), which includes the Kaleidoscope Room, an emoji- and Snapchat filter-themed bathroom (now with four sinks!) and a fidget spinner bedroom (this will probably become the Have-Not Room). There’s also a rock climbing wall and a rotating platform in the living room, and a giant plastic gummi bear on top of the refrigerator. Chen notes that it can hold up 18,120 pieces of gummi bears, which means this will definitely be a question on a future HOH comp.
Upstairs, the HOH will have a brand new perk in the room: cameras and a one-way intercom system to spy on three rooms in the house. The walls also change colors “just like some of the Houseguests,” Chen deadpans.
Outside the HOH room, there’s a foosball table and a fish tank decorated with game consoles made from a 3D printer. Chen’s favorite? A console called Friendship because “you always come in second place.” Wait, it gets better: Paul’s face is emblazoned on the side. We are here for this shade.
In line with the theme, there will be a new tech-themed twist called the BB App Store, which will be unveiled on the Sunday, July 1 episode. Fans will have the chance to get Houseguests trending to help them obtain “power apps” or punishments that could derail their game. There will also be three new challenges during the premiere that will “yield a game-changing power — and two unprecedented punishments.”
“Big Brother 20” premieres with a two-night event on Wednesday, June 27 at 8/7c and Thursday, June 28 at 9/8c on CBS. Afterward, it will on Sundays at 8/7c, Wednesdays at 8/7c and with live evictions on Thursdays at 9/8c. The first live eviction will be on July 5.