Big Brother 18 is set to debut in less than one month, and so far the spoilers are few and far between. CBS has not yet announced a cast list or even a theme, but four former Big Brother players — two of them winners — are speaking out about what they know so far about the upcoming season of CBS’ voyeuristic summertime reality show.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, past Big Brother cast members Derrick Levasseur (winner, Season 16) and Rachel Reilly (winner, Season 13) sat down with other show alums and dished on the 18th season of Big Brother, including whether or not there’s a possibility of an all-star cast coming back for Big Brother 18.
While there have been rumors that the new season of Big Brother will feature a cast of all-star veterans, the former players seem to think there’s not much chance of that happening — at least not for Season 18.
“It’s more likely to be a half-and-half [with new players] than it is all-stars,” Levasseur said. “What happens with all-stars is you have people who are at different points in their lives and unable to do it. To get them all in on the same season is really difficult.”
Rachel Reilly said producers won’t ask players like her, who have played Big Brother twice, to return to the show.
“It won’t be all all-stars because there are not a lot of all-stars available,” Reilly said. “They don’t have a lot of good options right now to ask back. They’re going to have to wait for all all-stars, maybe season 20.”
But both Levasseur and Reilly agree that there could be a competition among up to 30 people to actually get into the Big Brother house this summer.
“There was talk about having 20 or 30 houseguests the first night on the show and they’re going to compete and 15 or 16 will get in,” Levasseur said. “I know a bunch of people who work in production, and we’re going to see something really special this year.”
“I’ve heard there’s going to be some returning houseguests,” Reilly added. “It’s going to be some sort of returning players versus new players, not as a coach and not what we did in season 13 where we were duos. There might be 30 people that compete to get in so it might be a season where you have to really want it to be able to stay in the game. I think they’re going to have a twist where you have to give stuff up or do a competition and they’re going to make you really want it.”
Big Brother superfans have been waiting for another All-Stars season for 10 years. The first Big Brother All-Stars season aired in 2006, with Big Brother 2 alum Mike “Boogie” Malin winning the $500,000 prize. Last year, host Julie Chen told Entertainment Tonight that she has been trying to get another all-star season on the books for a while.
“I have been actually pushing for an ‘All-Star‘ season in that it’s beyond ‘all-star,'” the Big Brother host revealed at the time. “It’s the cream of the crop. It’s the winner from each season to compete. So, it’s the ‘Winner’s Circle.’ And I’m talking back to season one, Eddie [McGee]. I mean all the way back!”
Talk of an all-star season has been fueled by CBS’ recent attempts to bring past Big Brother favorites back into the spotlight. Several Big Brother all-star players, including Reilly, Dr. Will Kirby, Jeff Schroeder, Frankie Grande and fan favorite Janelle Pierzina recently competed on a primetime edition of CBS’ The Price Is Right.
In addition, CBS All Access recently rolled out a Big Brother marathon. All 585 episodes from the first 17 seasons of the long-running reality competition are available to live stream now, which is already starting to drum up plenty of nostalgia for casts from the past.
Big Brother 18 premieres Wednesday, June 22, on CBS.
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