You know that things are slowly getting back to normal when “Big Brother” is back for the summer. After COVID-19 delayed Season 22, which ended up being the show’s second all-stars installment, until August last year, Season 23 will debut at a relatively normal time. Here’s everything to expect (including the unexpected) from the new season.
It has a premiere date.
“Big Brother 23” will premiere on Wednesday, July 7 at 8/7c on CBS with a live 90-minute episode (tape delayed on the West Coast), host Julie Chen Moonves announced Thursday in a Clubhouse conversation. While “Big Brother” has bowed in late June in recent years except in 2020, early July was its original premiere timeframe, so we’re essentially going back to the old way of doing things. The series itself premiered on July 5, 2000, and every subsequent season, save for the Season 9 winter outing in 2008, premiered in early July through Season 14 in 2012.
Once it moved to a late June premiere, we started getting those long seasons of upwards to 99 days in the house. Assuming the season will still end in mid-September before the new broadcast season kicks off, this later start likely means Season 23 will clock in around 75 like the last three early July installments.
Its weekly schedule is the same.
No change here. “Big Brother” will maintain its Sundays (8/7c), Wednesdays (8/7c) and Thursdays (8/7c, live evictions) rotation, with the first Sunday episode set for July 11. Last season, the Sunday episodes moved to Mondays for the last couple of weeks in October to make way for some classic movies, but we probably won’t have to worry about that this time.
It will feature a brand new cast.
Yup, it’ll be all new faces, which is desperately needed after what a bore last season turned out to be thanks in part to pre-gaming by the returning houseguests. Give us new blood and chaos! The new cast will likely be announced circa the week of June 28 as cast unveilings have typically occurred a week out from the premiere, save for last season when the all-stars were revealed during the live premiere.
It already has a theme.
And that is Big Risks and Big Rewards. Houseguests are in for a “high-stakes summer” and “one wrong gamble could cost them everything,” per CBS. But also, isn’t that just the show in general? Nevertheless, it sounds very Vegas-y. Makes sense since “CSI” is coming back into our lives.
Yes, live feeds will obviously be back.
If you haven’t kept up with the twists and turns in the streaming wars since Season 22 ended, CBS All Access has been rebranded into Paramount+, so that’s where you’ll find the live feeds. If you already had an All Access account, you’re all set as all the existing ones just rolled over, but if you’re one of those people who cancels a subscription after the season is over, then you’ll need to sign up.