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Big Brother US - Season 21


Big Brother US - Season 21

Big Brother 21 is the twenty-first season of the American version of the television reality program Big Brother. The season premiered on June 25, 2019 and concluded on September 25, 2019. The 40-episode season was broadcast on CBS in the United States and Global in Canada. The show chronicles a group of contestants, known as HouseGuests, as they compete to be the last competitor remaining to win a grand prize of $500,000.

Big Brother follows a group of contestants, known as HouseGuests, who live inside a custom-built house outfitted with cameras and microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day.[2] The HouseGuests are sequestered with no contact with the outside world.[3] During their stay, the HouseGuests share their thoughts on their day-to-day lives inside the house in a private room known as the Diary Room.[4][5] Each week, the HouseGuests compete in competitions in order to win power and safety inside the house. At the start of each week, the HouseGuests compete in a Head of Household (abbreviated as "HOH") competition.[6] The winner of the HoH competition is immune from eviction and selects two HouseGuests to be nominated for eviction.[7] Six HouseGuests are then selected to compete in the Power of Veto (abbreviated as "PoV") competition: the reigning HoH, the nominees, and three other HouseGuests chosen by random draw. The winner of the PoV competition has the right to either revoke the nomination of one of the nominated HouseGuests or leave them as is. If the veto winner uses this power, the HoH must immediately nominate another HouseGuest for eviction. The PoV winner is also immune from being named as the replacement nominee.[8] On eviction night, all HouseGuests vote to evict one of the nominees, though the Head of Household and the nominees are not allowed to vote. This vote is conducted in the privacy of the Diary Room. In the event of a tie, the Head of Household casts the tie-breaking vote. The nominee with the most votes is evicted from the house.[9] The last nine evicted HouseGuests comprise the Jury and are sequestered in a separate location following their eviction and ultimately decide the winner of the season. The Jury is only allowed to see the competitions and ceremonies that include all of the remaining HouseGuests; they are not shown any interviews or other footage that might include strategy or details regarding nominations.[10] The viewing public is able to award an additional prize of $25,000 by choosing "America's Favorite HouseGuest". All evicted HouseGuests are eligible to win this award except for those who either voluntarily leave or are forcibly removed for rule violations.[11]

On June 10, 2019, CBS reported that the cast would be revealed on June 17, 2019 on Big Brother live feeds to viewers with a CBS All Access subscription.[12] Jeff Schroeder returned to host pre-season interviews with the cast after being replaced by Celebrity Big Brother alumnus Ross Mathews for the previous season.[13]

Jessica Milagros appeared on The Bold and the Beautiful on October 23, 2019.[15] David Alexander and Nicole Anthony returned as contestants for Big Brother: All-Stars.[16] Kathryn Dunn appeared on the fifth season of Ex on the Beach.[17] David Alexander competed on The Challenge: USA.[18] Analyse Talavera and Tommy Bracco competed on The Challenge: Ride or Dies as a team.[19]

CBS announced that Big Brother had been renewed for a twenty-first season on May 15, 2019.[102] CBS later announced on May 20, 2019 that the twenty-first season was set to premiere on June 25, 2019.[103] Unnamed insiders close to the production of the show previously cast doubt if Julie Chen Moonves would return to host following sexual misconduct allegations against her husband, former CBS CEO Les Moonves.[104] Chen Moonves, however, returned for the second season of Celebrity Big Brother and it was later announced that she would return as host of the main series as well.[105] Casting for the season was open until April 5, 2019.[106] Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan returned as executive producers for the series which is produced by Fly on the Wall Entertainment, in association with Endemol Shine North America.[105] The season featured an initial timeslot change from previous seasons; new episodes aired on a Sunday/Tuesday/Wednesday schedule through the first six episodes before returning to a traditional Sunday/Wednesday/Thursday schedule as in previous seasons.[107] The 24/7 internet live feeds also returned with a CBS All Access subscription following the two-night season premiere on June 26.[108] Big Brother: After Dark returned on Pop for its fourteenth season overall and fifth season on Pop following the two-night premiere on June 26 or June 27, depending on viewers local time zones.[109] Off the Block with Ross and Marissa did not return for a second season as an aftershow interviewing HouseGuests after their eviction.[109] Replacing Off the Block, Big Brother host Chen-Moonves hosted extended interviews with the evicted HouseGuests from outside the house.

As with previous seasons, the program is filmed at CBS Studios, soundstage 18 in Studio City, California in a custom-built two-story house.[112][113] The House is equipped with 94 high-definition cameras and over 113 microphones to monitor and record the HouseGuests.[114][115] The living room, three bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, bathroom and lounge room are located on the first floor.[116] The Head of Household bedroom and bathroom and an additional lounge area known as the "Sky Bridge" are located on the second floor.[116] The second floor is accessible by a ladder located in the entry way or a spiral staircase located in the kitchen next to the sliding glass doors that lead to the backyard.[116] The backyard area features outdoor amenities for the HouseGuests.[116] The house also features two diary rooms where the HouseGuests can privately share thoughts or send requests to producers of the series.[117]

The theme for this season is a summer camp called "Camp B.B."[118] The house, competitions and twists were designed around the camp theme. Entertainment Tonight showed the first look at the house with Kevin Frazier during their episode on the night of June 20, 2019.[119] Entertainment Tonight then released a sneak peek of the house through a brief tour on their website on June 21.[120] Meanwhile, a full house tour with Chen Moonves and other photos were released through Big Brother's and CBS' social media outlets including Instagram,[121][122] Twitter[123][124] and Facebook.[125][126] Big Brother 21 house theme matched the season's overall theme and received a camp theme; Production Designer Scott Storey designed the house's features.[127] The living room features a birch-wood coffee table and a large and a 23-foot triangular window illuminated by LED lights.[128] The first bedroom features a "sleeping under the stars" theme and includes two double-beds and the exterior of a camper.[129] The camper, is only a facade into the second bedroom which features three double-beds and is assumed to be that of a camp counselors bedroom.[129] The third and final downstairs bedroom is a sports-themed bedroom primarily based on archery.[129] In the kitchen, many of the appliances have been redone in an attempt to blend them in with the rest of the theme, with an electronic campfire added to the center of the formal dining table.[130] The downstairs lounge area received a boat theme, while the bathroom received a boat house-like theme.[131] The upstairs lounge area, for the first time in the series history, is also accessible by a ladder from the entryway and has been updated to resemble a tree house; the Head of Household bedroom and bathroom have been changed to resemble a Moroccan-style bedroom and is expected to resemble glamping.[132] The backyard features a pool with kayaks and an attached hot tub, lawn chairs surround the backyard which also features a pool table and a washer and dryer, workout equipment, outdoor lounge areas, a hammock and a mini-fridge.[133]

The last remaining HouseGuest, Jackson Michie, received $500,000.[134] The runner-up of the season, Holly Allen, received $50,000 while the HouseGuest deemed America's Favorite HouseGuest, Nicole Anthony, received $25,000.[135] As part of a promotion for new CBS series Love Island, Sam Smith won a trip to Fiji in a Power of Veto competition.[136] During another Power of Veto competition, Kathryn Dunn received a trip to Hawaii and Nick Maccarone was awarded $5,000.[137] During a surprise luxury competition in Week 12, Michie won $10,000.

This season was the least-watched and lowest-rated season of the series with about a 20% decrease in viewers and 25% decrease in demographics from the previous season.[138] The season ended with an average viewership per episode of 4.38 million, over one million fewer than the previous lowest. Despite the decrease in ratings, CBS announced on September 5, 2019 that Big Brother was renewed for its twenty-second and will premiere in the summer of 2020.[139][140]

Big Brother 21 was criticized negatively by critics and fans due to the HouseGuests' discriminatory tendencies.[141] Professor of African American studies and the UCLA Dean of Social Sciences, Darnell Hunt, stated, "Race is the central axis of social relationships. Even when, in public, we try to deny its significance, it creeps through in unexpected ways. When people are in a house like that 24 hours a day under those conditions, it's difficult to hide an inconvenient truth about American culture and society. The camera is the great equalizer."[142] However, the way CBS handled the situations was somewhat praised by viewers as they dedicated a time during the live finale to address them and let the HouseGuests explain themselves.[143][144] Justin Carriero of The Young Folks wrote, "These HouseGuests got away with a lot and they avoided the blowback by being in jury, so they had no idea what storm was heading their way. They needed to know what they did and how the public viewed them." He ended up rating the finale an eight on a scale from one to ten.[145] Overall, the season was criticized for its non-diverse casting, leniency with specific rules like Have-Not rules, and deceptive editing of the episodes compared to the events shown on the 24/7 Live Feeds.[146] 59ce067264