Big Brother After Dark was first introduced during Big Brother 8, which aired on CBS’s sister network Showtime 2 (SHO2) as well as on the Global Network Channel in Canada. In 2013, Big Brother After Dark was moved to CBS’s sister network TV Guide Network (TVGN).
Big Brother After Dark is a nightly 3 hour (9pm – 12am Pacific Time) block from of the live streaming video from the big brother house. The live streaming footage is the same uncensored / uncut video available on the Big Brother Live Feeds The house guests are often given alcohol to encourage them to loosen up and become wilder. The house guests would often dress up and save their game talk and scheming until after the 3 hour time slot. During the time slot the house guests were pressured by CBS producers to keep their swearing and language to a minimum. It is also likely that they were instructed to not reveal much of their game talk and strategy as to not reduce the excitement during the rest of the waking hours on the live feeds.
The Big Brother After Dark video has always been live with a couple of exceptions:
- During Big Brother 9 on April 21, 2008, the episode was a pre-recorded section of the live feeds from earlier in the day because of an eviction / endurance competition during the time slot.
- During Big Brother 12 on September 7, 2008, the house guests were woken up early to pre-record that nights After Dark episode as to not leak which house guest had been evicted earlier in the day.