CBS’s long running reality show Big Brother is about to undergo a major shakeup. This week, the network announced they will launch their first-ever celebrity edition when the show returns this winter.
Celebrity editions of Big Brother are nothing new in the UK, where they’ve been a hit in the ratings since they began in 2001.
In fact, it’s not just British celebrities who have taken part; a number of popular American entertainers have spent time in the Big Brother house.
Actress Brigitte Nielson, her former mother-in-law Jackie Stallone, basketball star Dennis Rodman, singer Jermaine Jackson, and rapper Coolio all appeared on early seasons of the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother.
Jermaine’s sister La Toya Jackson, actor Verne Troyer, President Trump’s ex-wife Ivana Trump, youngest Baldwin brother Stephen Baldwin, and Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss appeared in later seasons.
Other notable celebrities that have become housemates include Tara Reid, Michael Madsen, The Situation, Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Dustin Diamond, Evander Holyfield, Gary Busey, Perez Hilton, Janice Dickenson, and Jemma Jameson.
Last year, Celebrity Big Brother made headlines when David Bowie’s ex-wife, Angie Bowie, was a housemate and had to be informed on-camera of her ex-husband’s death.
There’s no word yet on who will join the Big Brother house for the first-ever US celebrity edition, though host Julie Chen will return in her usual role.
The show is set to air multiple episodes per week and will still retain the series’ well-known Power of Veto contests, Head of Household contest, and live evictions.
Nineteen seasons of Big Brother have aired on CBS since the show began in 2000, making it the second-longest running adaptation of the show after the Spanish version.
Big Brother began life as a Dutch series in 1999 but has since been franchised to over 54 different countries and regions, with 387 seasons altogether. There’s no actual release date for the new celebrity edition other than “winter,” while the 20th regular season is still slated for next summer.