This week’s Hollywood Reporter features an interview with Big Brother executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan. Neither revealed too much about what to expect this season, but here are some of the highlights of the conversation:
Impact of Last Year’s Controversies: “No, there's nothing different”, says Grodner. “This is a social experiment and we take people from all over the country — we're looking for great people, we're looking for a unique mix of people, there's diverse backgrounds, there's diverse personalities, points of views. I think it's really hard though for the cast coming in to this season to not be affected by last season.”
Battle of the Block: “It's a weightier competition than a Have and Have Not competition for sure”, says Meehan. “Battle of the Block is definitely going to shift and change the power in the house, so our Sunday episode has a lot of new elements because of this new challenge and the effect the challenge will have on the game.”
Dual HOH’s: According to Grodner, “in this case, they're two HOHs and each one will be nominating two people for eviction — a total of four — and they're operating independently. They are ultimately going head to head in this competition with Battle of the Block, where one is going to end up in power and one is going to end up not in power.”
HD/Additional Cameras: Meehan says, “we added more cameras where story typically happens, so we have better coverages of areas. We adjusted height so we're in the action a little bit more. We were able to do things that improve the show and the viewers' experience of watching the show.”
Plans For All-Stars: “We're in season 16”, explains Grodner, and “our last full all-star [season] was seven, so I'm sure there's one in the near future. [Right now] we're building up more all-stars.”
This Year’s Cast: “What's fun about this cast is they're like onions”, Grodner claims. “They're one thing on the surface and each one of them has some things that are unexpected...There are some very likable people this season of this bunch, as well as a couple of villains. You need some real gamers in there and we do. And a lot of them are fans.”
I’d love to hear what you guys think of this interview! Do you agree with her views on the cast? How about the concept of another competition on Sunday nights? Tell us your thoughts!