'Celebrity Big Brother' premiere date and broadcast schedule announced by CBS
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/01/2017
Celebrity Big Brother's premiere date and full broadcast schedule have been revealed.
CBS has announced Celebrity Big Brother will debut Wednesday, February 7 at 8PM ET/PT with a one-hour premiere and conclude on Sunday, February 25 at 8PM ET/PT with a two-hour finale.
In addition to the show's premiere and finale episodes, Celebrity Big Brother will also air 11 additional episodes during its 18-day broadcast run.
Celebrity Big Brother will follow a group of famous and familiar faces living together in a house outfitted with 87 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones, recording their every move 24 hours a day.
As previously announced, the special celebrity winter edition of Big Brother will feature multiple episodes per week during a concentrated run, and include the series' signature Head of Household and Power of Veto competitions and live evictions. Julie Chen will return to host.
The cast of Celebrity Big Brother will be announced at a later date.
Chen announced CBS's first celebrity edition during Big Brother's 19th season in September 2017, and executive producer Allison Grodner subsequently revealed to The Hollywood Reporter, "We've had an overwhelming response from people who want to be on the show."
Among the celebrities who are reportedly interested in playing the game are Kaitlyn Bristowe, who competed for Chris Soules on The Bachelor's 19th season before starring on The Bachelorette's 11th season, and her fiance Shawn Booth; former The Hills star and Celebrity Big Brother U.K. participant Spencer Pratt; and *NSYNC member and former Finding Prince Charming host and Dancing with the Stars contestant Lance Bass.
"It's not going to be all Oscar winners. But maybe we'll have someone who won an Oscar decades ago," Chen said in September about how CelebrityBig Brother casting must be "realistic."
"Whoever casts Dancing with the Stars does an amazing job. They don't always get household names, but some people kind of reinvent themselves and suddenly I see that person all over the tabloids. Sometimes these types of shows, like in the U.K. [version], some of the washed-up names that went into it got a new lease on life."