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A new casting initiative
After what happened in the world -- not to mention things said in the house last year -- CBS has formed a new casting initiative for its reality shows going forward. Now, CBS is supposed to feature people of color in at least half of each show's cast.
Big Brother Season 23
The 23rd season of Big Brother got its start on July 7, 2021. It featured an all-new cast with no returnees. The 90-minute live episode saw 4 houseguests moving in at a time and competing. The BB Beach Club theme meets casino-feel for this season.
In 2021, long-time casting director, Robyn Kass, stepped away from the show to pursue other opportunities. Jesse Tannenbaum took over the position. He previously cast the Over the Top edition. At the end of May, the casting was finalized by the team and sent off for approval by the network. By the middle of June, the chosen houseguests were getting quarantined to be sure everyone stayed healthy so they could play.
It was also leaked that the season finale would arrive on September 29th. That gives us 85 days -- a shorter season than the usual 100 they shoot for. So we'll see what really happens.
Stay tuned to learn which twists will be unleashed. The "high-stakes summer" for these houseguests will reveal if their gambles pay off or cost them. "Big Risks and Big Rewards" is the season's mantra.
The first twist has been revealed before the game begins in just over one week. It is said that the house will be split into 4 teams, consisting of 4 players each. Apparently, team captains will get to watch short clips of the players so they can make their picks. The teams are supposed to work together for 4 weeks. A new Wildcard Competition will stem from this.
Claire replaces Christie
The cast reveal arrived on July 1, 2021, less than a week before the show's start date. However, a last-minute shakeup happened when Alopecia-advocate Christie Valdiserri tested positive for Covid and had to leave before the game even began. She was replaced with alternative, Claire Rehfuss on July 4.
The members are 1. Alyssa Lopez, 2. Azah Awasum, 3. Brent Champ, 4. Britini D'Angelo, 5. Christian Birkenberger, 6. Claire Rehfuss 7. Derek Frazier, 8. Derek Xiao, 9. Brandon French (Frenchie), 10. Hannah Chaddha, 11. Kyland Young, 12. Sarah Beth Steagall, 13. Tiffany Mitchell, 14. Travis Long, 15. Whitney Williams, and 16. Xavier Prather.
After 4 separate competitions, Frenchie, Whitney, Christian, and Claire became team captains. They each watched clips from 2 players at a time as they picked their teammates one by one. The 4 teams are:
The Jokers: Frenchie, Azah, Britini, and Derek F
The Aces: Whitney, Brent, Derek X, and Hannah
The Kings: Christian, Alyssa, Xavier, and Sarah Beth
The Queens: Claire, Kyland, Tiffany, and Travis
The houseguests were evicted as follows:
Julie announced a new twist -- The High Roller's Room -- where America gets to vote for who they want to earn the most money to gamble to try and win a power. It will play out for 3 weeks.
The jury members are:
- Derek X
- Sarah Beth
- Claire (First to leave in a double eviction.)
- Alyssa (Second to leave in a double eviction.)
- Hannah (second to leave in another double eviction.)
Xavier, Derek F, and Azah are the final 3. Who will win the final 3-part competition? Who will go with them to the final 2? Someone will be crowned the winner, but who knows how close the race will be. The runner-up may end up with lots of votes or none.
Refresh your memory on previous seasons
- Big Brother Seasons 16 - 22
Big Brother seasons 16 through 22, including the CBS All Access version Big Brother: Over the Top, all had varying twists and competitions. Some saw returning people as players, coaches, or competition hosts. BB 22, an All-Stars season, was held back
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