Big Brother 17 producers, Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan spoke with The Hollywood Reporter on a range of topics regarding the upcoming new season, which begins TONIGHT. The pair pretty much confirmed that more houseguests will eventually enter the game, as fans have speculated.
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As we learned last week, the big twist this season is there’s a new twist every single week. The twist, dubbed the BB Takeover, will be announced tonight to the houseguests. Special guest stars will take over the Big Brother house and “mix up the game in some way,” says Grodner. “It can be anything from casting twists to came twists to interactive twists.”
“Julie [Chen] will be doing a big reveal on the live show about who the special guest is for the week,” said Meehan, “Then she’ll have a conversation live with the guest, and then we’ll learn how the guest will affect the game throughout the week.”
As far as who the special guests will be, Grodner says, “Some of these are fans. Some of these are celebrities. [It could be] everything and anything. Ultimately, each week we’ll have very unique twists based on whom that person is.”
Some of the special guests will “enter the house potentially to be nominees, or to give out nominations,” says Meehan. “Everyone is a little different.”
When THR asked if there were only 14 players, Grodner said, “…we’ll reveal that later.” Meehan added, “That’s a separate twist.”
” We have a two-night premiere,” said Grodner. “There’s going to be special guests on the premiere and with the special guests, they are going to be bringing with them a new twist or turn.”
Grodner insists that transgender houseguest, Audrey Middleton would have been cast in any case. “Audrey applied early on in the process,” said Grodner, “Honestly, she would have been cast whether she was transgender or not. We cast for the best people to play Big Brother. We’re thrilled that she is transgender and she’s bringing something new to the house.”
Grodner added, “She says this herself: being transgender doesn’t define her. She will be telling her story to the houseguests on opening night. I want to leave it for her to tell.”
Read more at The Hollywood Reporter