CBS announced Thursday that it has begun accepting applications for Big Brother 6, the latest installment of its long-running reality franchise. Once again produced by Arnold Shapiro and Allison Grodner, Big Brother 6 will air in Summer 2005.

As in previous seasons, Big Brother 6 will follow a group of strangers living in a specially constructed house outfitted with dozens of cameras that record their moves 24 hours a day.

"Big Brother 6 has some big surprises that will soon be revealed," said Shapiro. "Our goal this summer is to assemble the most colorful, competitive, and charismatic houseguests we've ever had. Right now, we're seeking the most memorable and exciting competitors we can find."

"Coming up with the best houseguests and the most surprising twists are the most challenging-yet-rewarding parts of producing Big Brother. This summer we look forward to delivering a terrific cast and surprising new twists," added Grodner.

While CBS isn't yet revealing any of the new season's surprises, it least one of them has been known since last fall -- the construction of a new two-story Big Brother house. Demolished following the September 2004 of Big Brother 5, the show's previous house had served (albeit with annual redecorating) as the set for all of the show's first five seasons.

Mail-in applications and instructions can be downloaded from A two-minute videotape and two color photographs must accompany all completed applications. The deadline for mail-in applications is April 8.

In addition to accepting mail-in applications, CBS has also announced upcoming nationwide casting calls on the following dates and locations:

- March 28, Green Bay, WI
- March 30. Boston, MA
- March 31. Springfield, MO
- March 31. Grand Junction, CO
- April 1. Philadelphia, PA
- April 2. Bakersfield, CA
- April 2. Miami, FL
- April 2. Columbus, MS
- April 2. Bedford, VA
- April 3. New York, NY
- April 3. Los Angeles, CA
- April 5. Raytown, MO
- April 5. Bay City, MI
- April 6. Waterford, MI
- April 7. Quincy, IL
- April 7. Cleveland, OH
- April 8. Austin, TX

Additional casting call information is available from