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From November 2019, but seeming as it has not been reported here...

Celebrity Big Brother canceled? CBS leaves show off winter schedule

By Ryan DeVault
12th November 2019 9:16 AM ET

Was Celebrity Big Brother canceled? Maybe. That’s a possible takeaway from the CBS winter schedule that was just released.

As we reported, the start date for Survivor: Winners at War was announced, along with the debut of many other CBS shows this winter. That includes the return of FBI: Most Wanted and Criminal Minds.

There were some new shows advertised within the commercial and press releases from CBS as well, but none of them made any mention of the reality competition show.

Last winter, Tamar Braxton won Celebrity Big Brother 2, but there was a lot of drama surrounding the cast being put together. Reportedly, producers were having trouble getting celebrities to honor their contracts.

When is Big Brother finale? Just four episodes left on CBS schedule
Maybe some of the controversies from Big Brother 20 also pushed producers in that direction?

Could Big Brother: All-Stars still take place?

There have been a lot of rumors about the producers putting together a cast of All-Stars. Those stories were fueled by what host Julie Chen Moonves was doing on social media.

In the week that Halloween took place, Julie was dressing up as former house guests. It created a lot of buzz on social media and made it seem like she was hinting at something. Or, maybe fans just wanted to read into those images.

Dressing up as some of the most memorable house guests the show has seen gave added ammunition to fans who have felt that the show was going to do another All-Stars season soon. But since then, nothing has evolved from it.

It’s possible that CBS decides to do something entirely online during the winter months, but it is starting to really seem like Celebrity Big Brother just got canceled.

If we hear anything directly from production or the network in regard to a new winter season or an official cancellation, we will make sure to pass it on.

Big Brother will return for new episodes for the summer 2020 season.


There’s no Celebrity Big Brother 3 on CBS’s winter 2020 schedule
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by Andy Dehnart 13 Nov. 2019 | 8:22 am

On Monday, CBS announced six shows that are returning in January and February, including the mid-February start date for Survivor: Winners at War. Missing from that announcement was any mention of a Celebrity Big Brother season 3.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the US version of Celebrity Big Brother has been cancelled forever, especially in this era of old shows being resurrected, and this particular reality show already has a set built that just sits empty for most of the year.

During its previous two seasons, Celebrity Big Brother—a shortened, classier, far better version of the summer reality competition—aired in many different timeslots across about three weeks.

CBS’s winter 2020 schedule has placed other shows into most of those timeslots.

CBS gave one of CBB’s timeslots—and also Survivor’s eventual timeslot—to Undercover Boss, which will air Wednesdays at 8.

Last year’s finale of Celebrity Big Brother 2 took place Feb. 13, the same Wednesday that Survivor season 40 will premiere in 2020.

Other timeslots have mostly been filled with scripted shows on the midwinter schedule:

Tuesdays at 8: NCIS, starting Jan. 7

Wednesdays at 8: Undercover Boss, starting Jan. 8

Thursdays at 8: Young Sheldon and The Unicorn, starting Feb. 6

Fridays at 8: MacGyver, starting Feb. 8

Sundays at 8: God Friended Me, starting Feb. 16
And Mondays at 8 appear to be filled with ongoing episodes of The Neighborhood and Bob Hearts Abishola, though neither are mentioned in the midwinter schedule press release.

And those are just the 8 p.m. time slots; the 9 and 10 p.m. time slots mostly all have shows scheduled there, too. In other words, there’s just no room for a Celebrity Big Brother 3.

Julie Chen’s tweet, and last year’s ratings

With the early February start dates for some of those shows, could there be room for a season to start in January?

That seems very, very unlikely. Last year’s season started Jan. 21, and the previous season started Feb. 7. The first Celebrity Big Brother was basically counter-programming for the Olympics.

The 2019 season’s ratings were down from 2018. Of course, ratings are down everywhere, so that may mean nothing. But they also dropped during the season: from 5.36 million viewers for the premiere to 3.87 by the finale.

The previous season also lost viewers: opening with 7.27 million viewers, and while episodes dropped as low as 3.54 million viewers, it rebounded to 5.21 million for the finale.

Fans have been reading a lot into a cryptic tweet posted by Julie Chen, which is an image of the Diary Room couch with a side-eye emoji and a wink emoji. But none of her cryptic tweets before the summer season had anything to do with its cast or twists, so I don’t think there’s any value in spending any more time thinking about that.

There’s always the chance that CBS could return to a season that airs only on CBS All Access, its pay streaming service. The first and only season to do that, Big Brother: Over the Top, aired in 2016.

But CBS decided not to do that again in 2017 or 2018. It seems like Celebrity Big Brother may have been a similar experiment that is over—for now, at least.

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Old 10-01-2020, 09:11 AM   #2
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That's too bad because I really enjoyed the last two seasons. Short but intense.
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A shame but not hugely surprising. Wouldn't rule out it being gone for good though - it worked very well for CBS against the Olympics in 2018 so I wouldn't be surprised if it returns in 2022.
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