‘Big Brother: Over The Top’: New Details Surface About Digital Season Of ‘Big Brother’ With Release Of CBS Promo Video

As the current season of Big Brother begins to wind down, fans are highly anticipating a new venture in the reality show franchise that will place the series in a new format during the fall. Until today, not much was known about the totally digital series, but CBS released an intriguing promotional video that offers a number of juicy details about what viewers can expect to see on what is now being called Big Brother: Over the Top.

Because the show is totally online, viewers will need to be CBS All Access subscribers. Presumably, die-hard fans already have the service as it is currently the only medium that offers live feed access inside the Big Brother house.

The exciting details about Big Brother: Over the Top are as follows.

“Big Brother: Over the Top” starts Sept 28th. One weekly eviction show and no blackouts planned. More voting???? #BB18 pic.twitter.com/KhUhcglmIl

— BB Tooms (@BBTooms) September 1, 2016

Premiere Date

According to Buddy TV, CBS has revealed the premiere date of Big Brother: Over the Top to be September 28. That comes just a week after the season finale of Big Brother 18 airs.

Weekly Show with Live Eviction

According to the promotional footage, Big Brother: Over the Top will have one weekly episode with a live eviction, and there will be weekday recaps. One has to wonder if Jeff Schroeder will be participating in that aspect of the series as he already has a digital Big Brother after show on CBS All Access, and this is his forte.

24/7 Live Feeds

Fans will also be happy to learn live feeds will be available around the clock, and unlike the regular summer seasons of Big Brother, there will be no scheduled blackouts for Big Brother: Over the Top. Buddy TV reports that this is probably the biggest twist because fans can now watch all of the competitions in real time as they occur, which will be “very exciting for live feeders.”

Julie Chen Involvement

According to the announcement video, Julie Chen will be part of the online show, but it is unclear in what capacity. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, CBS executives have spoken briefly about the new series, noting that Julie’s role isn’t going to be exactly the same as it is during summer seasons. However, she will still remain the main presence on Big Brother: Over the Top.


Like the current live feed setup on CBS All Access, flashbacks will also be available for Big Brother: Over the Top, so fans won’t miss a bit of the house action.

Viewer Power Over The Game

The promotional video also made certain to emphasize the statement, “The viewer has power,” noting the viewing audience will have more influence over the game in Big Brother: Over the Top than ever before in Big Brother history.

Member’s Only Chat Rooms

Also, like the regular seasons of Big Brother, the chat function on CBS All Access will be available for fans to discuss the current season and gossip about the Big Brother: Over the Top players.

Although the released details of the show do not reveal everything about the new digital season, Big Brother: Over the Top will still maintain the usual challenges, such as Head of Household (HOH) and Power of Veto (POV), according to Buddy TV. But with the slogan, “Expect the Unexpected,” still intact, Big Brother probably has a few more surprises up its sleeve just to keep things fresh and interesting.

In the meantime, Big Brother 18 airs on CBS Wednesday and Sunday nights at 8 p.m. Eastern Time, and Thursday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Big Brother After Dark airs on Pop Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at 12 a.m. Eastern Time, Tuesday at 11 p.m. Eastern Time, and Thursday at 1 a.m. Eastern Time. Live feeds are broadcast from inside the Big Brother 18 house 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are available from CBS All Access.

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