Woah! I did not see this coming! Shaw Media just announced that Canadians will soon have their very own version of Big Brother. While it’s not the long sought after Survivor or The Amazing Race, Big Brother is an ambitious project that will definitely have a lot of people excited.
I know what you’re thinking and no, I won’t be applying. Not unless I get over my fear of going number two in public. Even typing that freaked me out.
The inaugural season of Big Brother Canada will air during the 2012/13 broadcast season exclusively on Slice™ and will be produced by Insight productions, who’ve already worked on shows like Canadian Idol, The Junos and Canada’s Got Talent.
The hugely successful Big Brother franchise aired 25 formats in 87 countries in 2011 and continues to roll out in new territories. Big Brother U.S. has consistently been a top ranked staple on Global’s schedule for 13 seasons.
Canadian TV fans will remember that years ago, on the Life Network (now Slice) there was once a show called U8TV: The Lofters, which was like Big Brother but only lasted a season of a half. I don’t what happens when a show about people living in a house gets canceled, are they still in the house?
Big Brother Canada will hand pick a diverse group of competitive contestants in the Big Brother house outfitted wall to wall with cameras and microphones to capture the house guests’ every move. Week to week the house guests compete in a series of challenges and vote each other out until one claims victory and takes home the grand prize. Fans of Big Brother can connect with the series outside of the 3-day-a-week broadcast through a myriad of digital extensions including live streaming and social engagement opportunities that allow online users to impact decisions in the house.
Details on casting and production will be revealed at a later date.