Because of the popularity of the show Big Brother, CBS has just recently ordered an eighth installment of the show that will premiere in July 2007.

The much-awaited Big Brother season 8 will continue to have the same format just like previous installments of the show. In addition, the show will continue to be hosted by Julie Chen, wife of CBS Corporation president Les Moonves.

Big Brother, a reality series that showcases strangers who live under one roof equipped with loads of cameras and microphones to document their every move 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The goal of each housemate is to utilize his or her wit, charm, brains and brawns to ultimately win the cash prize. The reality show premiered in 2000 and has aired every summer following its initial run.

So what’s new with the upcoming Big Brother season 8? To begin with, season 8 will launch a “new epoch, ” after the “all star” experience from Big Brother season 7. It will also feature a new set of housemates with new challenges and surprise features to make the show even more interesting. Moreover, the function of Arnold Shapiro, Emmy and Oscar winning actor and executive producer of Big Brother season 1 to 6, has been trimmed down after the previous seasons’ catastrophic results.

Allison Grodner, executive producer of Big Brother who also worked with Shapiro explains that she and Shapiro will embark on new ventures separately. She told Variety, “We consider All-Stars sort of the end of an era, and now we’re getting a chance to start once again with a fresh cast and new twists…We’re at different stages in our respective careers…It’s an amicable split of projects and directions.”

At present, the auditions for the housemates of Big Brother season 8 are still ongoing. Deadline for the application is April 13, 2007 but may be extended depending on the producer’s discretion.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: RealityTV World

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Kris De Leon

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