CBS is still keeping mum on recent reports that the network is preparing to bring Big Brother back as early as February due to the recent Writers Guild of America strike, however someone apparently forgot to tell the show's casting director to stay quiet.

"Yep, the rumors are TRUE!  We're coming back a little earlier this year... apply now!" Big Brother casting director Robyn Kass posted on her MySpace blog late last week.

While CBS has not responded to multiple messages seeking confirmation of Kass' statement, the network has begun accepting applications and announced dates and locations for a 15-city Big Brother 9 casting tour that will take place between November 17 and December 8.

The announcement of a casting tour presumably means that despite recent reports that the network was considering the option, Big Brother's strike-programming installment won't be a celebrity edition -- a long-rumored concept that CBS president and CEO Les Moonves first suggested in 2002, a year after the U.K. begun airing its annual Celebrity Big Brother installments in 2001.

Although the Big Brother 9 application available on includes eligibility requirements, the document does not specify any of the tentative interview process and production schedule date ranges that the network's reality show applications typically include, presumably due to the uncertainty surrounding the strike. 

The WGA's last strike occurred in 1988 and lasted 22 weeks.

The dates, locations and venues for Big Brother 9 open casting calls are:

Saturday, November 17
WLTX-TV Studios
6027 Garners Ferry Road
Columbia, SC
10AM to 2PM

Saturday November 17
Exclusive Casting Studios
7700 Sunset Blvd
Ste. 200
Los Angeles, CA 90046
12PM to 3PM

Sunday, November 18
NY Castings
243 W. 30th St., 3rd Floor (Between 7th and 8th Ave.)
New York, NY
12PM to 8PM

Saturday December 1
157 W. Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60610
10PM to 12AM

Saturday, December 1
Duff's Brooklyn
N. 3rd St. & Kent Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
7PM to 10PM

Saturday December 1
Screenland Crossroads Theater
1656 Washington St.
Kansas City, MO 64108
1PM to 4PM

Saturday December 1
500 W. 5th St.
Charlotte, NC. 28202
12PM to 3PM

Saturday December 1
The Streets of Tanasbourne
19350 NW Emma Way
Hillsboro, OR 97124
12PM to 3PM

Saturday, December 1
America's Mart
1st Floor Meeting Room A
240 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA. 30303
12PM to 3PM

Friday December 7
491 N. Park St.
Columbus, OH 43215
10PM to 12AM

Friday December 7
Suede Lounge
7333 E. Indian Plaza
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
12PM to 3PM

Saturday, December 8
533 Washington St. (3rd & 4th Floor)
Boston, MA 02111
12PM to 3PM

Saturday December 8
FlatIron Crossing
1 West FlatIron Crossing Dr.
Broomfield, CO 80021
In the Dillard's Court
10AM to 1PM

Saturday, December 8
Park Street Patio
533 Park St.
Columbus, OH
2PM to 5PM

Saturday December 8
The Dubliner Irish Pub
2307 W. Azeele St.
Tampa, FL. 33609
12PM to 3PM