Though you’ve been commonly told to expect the unexpected, you can expect that Big Brother will be returning in 2021! The hit CBS summer reality show will be back for its 23rd season in the USA and 21st year. Every week, the returning competitors will face extreme challenges, close-quarters conspiring and game-shaking powers as they avoid being nominated and subsequently evicted from the house.
Read on to find out everything we know so far about Big Brother season 23 (BB23), including when it will return, any new twists and much more.
Will Big Brother be back for season 23?
Yes! Shortly before the finale for season 22, CBS confirmed that Big Brother will be back for its 23rd iteration. Host Julie Chen Moonves confirmed the statement on air during the episode.
When will Big Brother 23 premiere?
Big Brother has an official premiere date: July 7! The announcement was made during a Clubhouse conversation with host Julie Chen Moonves. The premiere will air at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT with a special 90-minute live move-in.
What nights will Big Brother 23 air?
Like many years before, Big Brother 23 will air on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. All episodes will be at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
What twists will be in Big Brother 23?
As revealed to Parade by Executive Producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan, season 23 will start off with some big twists right out the gate. During the live premiere, each move-in group will compete in a small competition, with the winner being crowned a “team captain.” Those four captains will watch 90-second preseason videos from the other houseguests, which they will use to help draft their own teams of four. They will then compete to become the first Head of Household.
This will be the first time since season 18 that Big Brother will be using teams. These teams will stay together for the first four weeks of the season. Every week, the HoH and their team will be safe from eviction, while the other three teams are vulnerable for eviction.
But they’ll get another chance at safety through the brand-new Wildcard Competition. Airing on the Sunday night episodes, the Wildcard Competition has each non-immune team nominating someone to compete. Those three individuals will then play in a challenge. The winner will get the opportunity to earn safety for the week. However, if they decide to take the immunity, it’ll bring a punishment to either themselves, the team, or the house at large.
Will Big Brother 23 have returning houseguests?
No! The press release for season 23 announced it will feature a brand-new group of houseguests vying for the $500,000 prize. Season 22 was branded “All-Stars,” bringing back a full cast of returning contestants for the first time since 2006. It would make sense for the show to not go back to the well of previous players for two seasons in a row.
Who is in the cast for Big Brother 23?
The cast for Big Brother season 23 was released on July 1.
Florida native Alyssa is a swimwear designer hoping to go from two-pieces to half a million dollars richer. At 24 years old, she’s making her first trip out of Sarasota to the Big Brother house. Though she’s been a BB superfan since the age of 11, she cites the hardest thing she’ll face in the game is putting on a fake smile.
Azah, 30, describes herself using 3 C’s: “Charismatic, crafty, clumsy.” Though she loves to spend time in the kitchen, the Baltimore native is far from interested in cooking up a showmance with one of her fellow houseguests. As someone with over 300 cousins, she’s looking to become a big new part of the Big Brother family.
Rhode Island resident Brent, 28, is a flight attendant hoping his game will take off from the jump. Despite working in the air, he feels his personality and charm make him grounded enough to take on the social game. And though he’s hoping for success, he admits his life‘s motto is “I’m here for a good time, not a long time.”
Kindergarten teacher Britini, 24, is ready to hopefully school the competition on Big Brother. The Niagra Falls resident is an athlete at heart, and admits she won’t be throwing many competitions in the house. She’s walking into the house with four core values from her martial arts training: Discipline, Integrity, Loyalty, and Respect.
Christian is a general contractor assistant who is about to get to know a house in a whole new way. The 23-year-old believes his charm is his greatest weapon, with a bucket hat and cologne that makes him “irresistable” in his arsenal. Able to ride a unicycle and do multiple flips, it remains to be seen if that balance and nimbleness can carry over into the game.
Claire is an A.I. engineer who’s ready to program a perfect Big Brother game. The 25-year-old has impressively written code for satellites, national elections, and even Fortune 500 companies. She admits her Achilles heel comes in bonding with the “alpha bros,” which is why she plans to target them immediately.
Derek, 29, is hoping his job as a safety officer will allow him to find protection in the game. The Philadelphia native says his leadership skills will get people to do his dirty work. He’s hoping he can bring the competitive spirit of his dad, famous boxer “Smokin’” Joe Frazier.
Derek, 24, is a start-up founder looking for $500,000 of seed money this summer. Currently in NYC, he created a business that ships meal kits created by food influencers. His strategy to win it all is start by making relationships, then “layer in unassailable logical reasoning to influence people’s decisions.”
Brandon “Frenchie” French
Farmer Frenchie is used to roommates, but this time he’ll be dealing with people rather than livestock and crops. Family is everything to this 34-year-old father, having lost his son in the past. He claims his only fear in life is his “devil rooster,” but we’ll see if “getting evicted” is added to that list.
Graduate student Hannah describes herself as “calculated, composed and versatile.” The 21-year-old is looking to play two to three weeks ahead at a time, hoping that short-term plan will lead to long-term success. She’s hoping to capitalize on the full extent of her Big Brother dreams, including perfecting a blindside.
Kyland will be turning 30 in a couple of weeks, and he’s hoping to commemorate the milestone year with a Big Brother win. The account executive is a movie buff, having seen every Best Picture film in the past two decades. He has a bracelet he has not taken off in 5 years that reads “UNREALISTIC,” a reminder to him that “being realistic is the most commonly travelled route to mediocrity.”
Sarah is a forensic scientist hoping that Big Brother success is in her DNA. The 27-year-old is planning to “float” and come across as non-threatening before hopefully taking control. And the hardest part of the game for her may be the house itself, between cold temperatures and ant neighbors.
Phlebotomist Tiffany, 40, is prepared to get blood on her hands in Big Brother, considering that’s part of her job. She is hoping to win the game for her son back home. She also has an “alter ego” that may come out.
Travis, 22, is an Austin native currently living in Hawaii. The tech sales consultant considers himself a “prank master,” and is excited to bring his bag of tricks int the house. He spear fishes for his dinner multiple times a week, so it should be a treat when his food is provided for him!
Whitney, 30, is a make-up artist who believes she has the proper foundation for a good-looking game. The Portland native and mother hopes to take home the win for her sons. She calls herself an excellent matchmaker, which should come in handy when it comes to picking the right alliance partner.
Attorney Xavier is excited to hopefully make a winning case for his Big Brother game come September. The 27-year-old is adamant on not bringing personal feelings into his strategic decisions. He’s most excited to check out the decor of the Big Brother house and its surprise guests, even Zingbot.
What happened to Christie in Big Brother 23?
Professional dancer Christie Valdiserri was originally slated to be on the cast for season 23. However, on July 5, she was removed from the list of houseguests. She went on to release a video message, revealing she had tested positive for COVID-19 and therefore could not enter the house. She was replaced with Claire Rehfuss.
Where is the Big Brother house?
For nearly 100 days, houseguests live in a two-story house outfitted with 94 HD cameras and more than 113 microphones, recording their every move 24 hours a day. The house is located on CBS Studio Center sound stage 18 in Los Angeles.
Who is the host of Big Brother 23?
Julie Chen Moonves will be the host of Big Brother 23, and has hosted the show since its first season in 2000. She has a noted history as an anchor and talk show host on CBS, previously appearing on The Early Show, CBS This Morning and CBS Morning News. She was the moderator and co-host of The Talk from 2010 to 2018 and is married to Les Moonves, the former CEO of CBS who resigned in 2018.
Who won Big Brother 22?
Season 22 saw previous runner-up Cody Calafiore win unanimously, displaying one of the smoothest and most dominant games in the show’s history. His fellow New Jersey native Enzo Palumbo finished as runner-up, being one of the few BB finalists to get shut out in a jury vote. Previous winner Nicole Franzel came in third, while her fellow season 18 cast member Da’Vonne Rogers became the first Black player to win the “America’s Favorite Houseguest” prize.
How is Big Brother handling the coronavirus crisis?
The world is on the mend with regards to handling the coronavirus. However, if needed, the show can continue its health and safety measures put into place for season 22. That protocol includes quarantining the cast for two weeks prior to move-in, weekly COVID tests, the lack of a live audience on eviction nights, and staff and crew members cycling in two weeks at a time.
How to get on Big Brother
A big change for season 23 is that there were no Open Call casting events. Instead, houseguest hopefuls were required to upload their video submission applications via a casting website.
Where can I watch and stream Big Brother for season 23?
Fans can watch episodes and live feeds on CBS All Access.
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