Just in case you all didn’t know, back on October 28th during Big Brother 22 (covid edition), BB was renewed for a 23rd season. And with the current uncertain times during this worldwide pandemic its comforting to have some normality and to know that we’ll have our summer guilty pleasure to watch! Although the premiere date has not been set, it’s expect that Big Brother 23 will start around the end of June as per usual given how smoothly BB22 went while the rest of us battled restrictions and lock-downs. Unless restrictions ease up by then, production will likely continue its safety protocols that they put in place last season including: quarantining the cast members for 2 weeks prior to moving into the house, no live eviction audiences, weekly Covid tests as well as staff & crew members rotating one month on, then 2 weeks off followed by another 2 weeks in quarantine, then back on again.
It’s official… ????? https://t.co/ptkvIp3G6F
— Julie Chen Moonves (@JCMoonves) October 28, 2020
Casting is now open however they’re obviously requesting all applicants apply through the online application process as open casting calls at this time are not an option given the current pandemic.
CASTING IS NOW OPEN.
At this time we encourage every applicant to apply online. Although we are hopeful that in the future we will be able to hold open calls around the country, it is important that every person complete an online application in case this is not possible. Please check back regularly in case this changes and you are able to meet one of our team in person at an event near your home town. APPLY HERE
CASTING DIRECTOR UPDATE:
Long time Big Brother US casting director Robyn Kass is taking a leave of absence from the Big Brother casting process. As per the tweet below she will not be apart of the BB23 casting process as she accepted “big opportunities in New York”. It will be interesting to see how having a different casting director will affect the make up and cast we get for this new season which will undoubtedly be an all newbies cast. Change is good and I think it we’ll be surprised with a great cast.
Bitter Sweet news. I’ve been offered some big opportunities in the New Year. After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to move forward w these projects & take a leave from #BB23. I am excited & have no doubt you’ll be in good hands this season!?Be safe & Happy New Year! ? #staytuned
— Robyn Kass (@Kassting) January 22, 2021
MORE Diverse Cast Promised:
An important and long overdue change that fans have been calling for a long time in terms of the diversity of casting for both Big Brother Canada and Big Brother US is that their casts will now be more inclusive of minorities. Starting with the 2021-2022 broadcast seasons, BBCAN and CBS have announced that they want their future reality series to have casts that are at least 50% Black, Indigenous and people of colour.
“The reality TV genre is an area that’s especially underrepresented, and needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production and all phases of storytelling,”
“As we strive to improve all of these creative aspects, the commitments announced today are important first steps in sourcing new voices to create content and further expanding the diversity in our unscripted programming, as well as on our Network.” stated George Cheeks, president and CEO for CBS Entertainment Group
BBCAN Host Arisa Cox:
There is a reason Big Brother Canada and I are aiming for at least 50% BIPOC on our next cast. BB is a numbers game. If we want every player to have the same chance to succeed, we must evolve past the idea that minorities in the country must remain minorities in the house. THREAD
— Arisa Cox (@arisacox) August 25, 2020
Big Brother Alumni weigh in on the new diversity pledge:
Andy Herren (BB15) – “great news”
Kevin Campbell (BB11 & BB22) – “representation matters”
Marcellas Reynolds (BB3 & BB7) – He stated that he is “actually shocked that it took CBS “this long to address the bias that is inherent in all their shows and has been going on for so many decades at this point.”
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