There are rumblings that Big Brother 11
may in fact be a winter edition. Speculation has been fueled by the mere fact that casting has already begun for Big Brother 11
, some fans saying that casting now for a show scheduled nearly a year from now doesn't make any sense. While there is some validity to this line of thinking, Big Brother
executive producer Allison Grodner has denied that Big Brother 11
will air in the winter. While Big Brother 9
did become the first season of the series to air in the winter months (where it was a mild success), the only reason CBS ran it was because of the writers' strike and CBS was desperate for new content. There will be no such strike in the coming months, and nothing there to necessitate bring Big Brother
back before next summer. Nevertheless, let's examine this all a little bit further.
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My first thought when I read the rumor was that, no, that's not possible because CBS's schedule is too crowded to house a winter Big Brother
edition in non-strike times. But, then I examined the schedule. It's actually doable.
needs three open hours a week. Two slots will have openings for a couple of months. The Amazing Race
(Sundays, 8pm) and Survivor
(Thursdays, 8pm) both run shorter seasons than most TV series, and neither air re-runs. Both of those slots happen to also have been Big Brother 10's
slots. Big Brother
would just need to find another hour. CBS has two comedies that may or may not make it through the entire season – Worst Week
and Gary Unmarried
. They air on different nights, but with some schedule shuffling Big Brother
could easily fill out another hour for a couple months. The most likely time slot is Wednesdays from 8-9pm.
is a massive undertaking. If CBS opts to air a winter edition again, it will probably be a shortened season. Which might not be so bad. Either they accelerate the competition (for instance, making three episodes worth of content into two), or simply begin the series with less contestants. However, this is all speculation.
I have to believe that CBS would only air another winter Big Brother
edition if they were truly desperate. We shouldn't read much into the early casting. Grodner and CBS are simply doing their due diligence and trying to find the very best possible houseguests for next summer and Big Brother 11.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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