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Big Brother is an American version of the Big Brother reality television show based on the Dutch television series of the same name originally created in 1997 by John de Mol. The show is based on a group of strangers, known as HouseGuests, living together 

twenty-four hours a day in the "Big Brother" house, isolated from the outside world but under constant surveillance with no privacy 

for three months. In eleven seasons of the show, 130 different people have entered the Big Brother house so far.


The HouseGuests compete for the chance to win a $500,000 grand prize by avoiding weekly eviction, until the last HouseGuest 

remains at the end of the season that can claim the $500,000 grand prize. The American series is hosted by television personality 

Julie Chen. Produced by Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan, it currently airs in the United States on CBS and in Canada on Global respectively.


Live Internet feeds 


Each year CBS has made live streaming Internet video feeds from the Big Brother house available. The Internet feeds were free 

during season one but became a subscription service beginning with season two. In order to preserve the drama for television 

broadcasts, CBS does not webcast certain moments that transpire in the house, including weekly competitions and the 

nomination/eviction process. Slanderous statements and singing of copyrighted music is also blocked for legal reasons.  

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Season details

Season Premiere date Finale date Days HouseGuests Winner
Big Brother 16 June 25, 2014   TBA TBA TBA TBA
Big Brother 15 June 26, 2013

September 18, 2013

90 16 Andy Herren
Big Brother 14 July 12, 2012 September 19, 2012 75 12 Ian Terry
Big Brother 13 July 7, 2011 September 14, 2011 69 14 Rachel Reilly
Big Brother 12 July 8, 2010 September 15, 2010 75 13 Hayden Moss
Big Brother 11 July 9, 2009 September 15, 2009 73 13 Jordan Lloyd
Big Brother 10 July 13, 2008 September 16, 2008 71 13 Dan Gheesling
Big Brother 9 February 12, 2008 April 27, 2008 81 16 Adam Jasinski
Big Brother 8 July 5, 2007 September 18, 2007 81 14 Dick Donato
Big Brother 7 July 6, 2006 September 12, 2006 72 14 Mike Malin
Big Brother 6 July 7, 2005 September 20, 2005 80 14 Maggie Ausburn
Big Brother 5 July 6, 2004 September 21, 2004 82 14 Drew Daniel
Big Brother 4 July 8, 2003 September 24, 2003 82 13 Jun Song
Big Brother 3 July 10, 2002 September 25, 2002 82 12 Lisa Donahue
Big Brother 2 July 5, 2001 September 20, 2001 82 12 Will Kirby
Big Brother 1 July 5, 2000 September 29, 2000 88 10 Eddie McGee


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Main series


In all seasons, eviction night has been hosted by veteran television personality and news anchor, Julie Chen, wife of CBS President 

Les Moonves and co-host of the network's The Early Show. Television critics gave Chen largely negative reviews during her first 

season (2000), citing wooden delivery, stilted interaction with the studio audience, weak interviews with evictees on the live 

programs, and her overuse of the phrase "But first..." This led fans to dub her "the Chenbot," a moniker of which Chen is aware 

and says she accepts.


The announcer played an active role in the first season introducing every scene, but with the major changes to the program after the 

initial season, the announcer was relegated to the opening and closing of each episode. There have been several different announcers throughout the years. Past announcers include Dave Walsh (season one and episode 2 of season two), Chuck Riley (season two), 

and Phil Proctor (seasons 3-6 ). The current announcer is Clayton Halsey and has been the announcer since season seven.



The format for season one was radically different than in the following seasons. Season one was identical to international versions 

of  Big Brother in which each HouseGuest would individually go to the Diary Room and nominate two fellow HouseGuests for 

banishment. (The term "eviction" was not used until season two.) The two or more HouseGuests with the most nominations are 

then revealed to the House and were "Marked for Banishment", at which point the public were invited to vote for who they wish 

to evict by calling a premium rate telephone number. The HouseGuest who received the greatest percentage of the public vote 

was evicted. When there were three HouseGuests left the public would vote for the winner.


Beginning with the second season the HouseGuests compete to become Head of Household or HoH. The Head of Household 

is responsible for nominating two HouseGuests for eviction. During the Live Eviction show, HouseGuests individually go into the 

Diary Room (this was taped in early seasons, but beginning with the All-Star season 7, each vote has been done live) and cast 

their vote to evict. Julie then reveals the results of the vote to the House, and tells the evicted houseguest has only a few moments 

to leave the house. In the event of a tie a HOH breaks it. When two HouseGuests were left, the evicted HouseGuests voted for 

the winner and in the event of a tie the public would have broken the tie.


During season three a new power was introduced called the Power of Veto (PoV). The Power of Veto winner can choose to veto 

one of the Head of Household's initial nominations. When this happens, the HOH chooses someone else to replace that nominee. 

The winner is also protected from becoming a replacement nominee for the week. Originally, the Power of Veto was silver and if a nominee won the Power of Veto the nominee could not save themselves. The "Golden" Power of Veto, introduced in the last veto competition in season three, could be won by a nominee and used to save themselves. The Golden Power of Veto is now the 

standard veto since season four.


The fourth season introduced the Big Brother Jury, sometimes referred to as the "Jury of Seven". The Jury is made up of the final 

seven evicted HouseGuests. As each member of the Jury is evicted from the House they are sequestered in a separate house. The 

jury members are not allowed to watch the show except for segments which include all of the HouseGuests, for example the 

nominations and Power of Veto ceremonies. The jury members are not shown any Diary Room interviews or any footage 

involving strategy or twists to the game. The Big Brother Jury votes to determine the winner of Big Brother each season.  


Live show


Live shows have been broadcast on Thursday night in every season, except for the first season, fourth season, and ninth season. 

Later in the season, there will occasionally be live shows on other days when Big Brother is on (for example, during a double 

eviction week). During the first season, the live show would rotate between a daily recap, the houseguests' live nominations, 

and live banishments (known as "evictions" since the second season). The first season's live show also featured a studio audience. Occasional guest commentators included Dr. Drew Pinsky, who talked about relationships the houseguests have inside and 

outside the house, and America Online "Internet Advisor" Regina Lewis, who would talk about what the live feed viewers were 

saying and show poll results related to events in the house.


From the second season through the ninth season, Julie presented the live show in an empty studio overlooking the house. 

Highlights are shown during the live show, then a houseguest is evicted and briefly interviewed by Julie. The Head of 

Household (HoH) competition is held shortly thereafter. For the most part, quizzes determine the next Head of Household 

due to the show's running time. Endurance competitions do not finish during the live show and are broadcast on the live Internet 

feeds; the highlights and results of the completed HoH competition are broadcast on the next episode. Starting with the tenth 

season, the live shows once again had an audience.




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