The ‘Big Brother’ House and Celebrities Who Will Live There

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Celebrity Big Brother hopes to capture some of the Olympics audience. (CBS)

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I haven’t really been much of a fan of CBS’ Big Brother and haven’t watched any episodes since 2000 or 2001 when the reality show was just in its infancy. For the most part, the show was dull and only livened up when a couple of the housemates would start to argue. However, 18 years after the show’s start, it still has its share of dedicated fans and this year’s celebrity twist has perked some interest that might bring on a few more viewers.

For those who are not aware, Big Brother crams a group of people in one “house” where they will have to live together 24 hours a day. Every move will be captured by 94 of the HD cameras and 113 microphones installed and will be available to view online. Each week, one or more celebrity houseguest(s) will be voted out of the house and the sole survivor will win $250,000.

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(L-R) Brandi Lynn Glanville, Chuck Liddell, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Mark McGrath and Shannon Elizabeth (CBS)
The “cast” for this season of the show contains a truly diverse mix of celebrities; many of whom have made second careers out of appearing on reality TV shows. Perhaps the biggest name to pack her bags and move in is Omarosa Manigault. I find it interesting that CBS has listed her occupation as “television personality” instead of “former White House advisor. That might be because some people are more familiar with her appearance on the original The Apprentice TV series and Celebrity Apprentice three times. Omarosa has always been an attention-getter and will no doubt be stirring up trouble in the home.

Joining Omarosa will be serial reality TV star Keshia Knight Pulliam who most people will remember her playing little Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show. Since then, she has appeared on celebrity editions of Fear Factor, The Weakest Link, The Mole and Splash. Other houseguests include American Pie actress Shannon Elizabeth, Brandi Lynn Glanville (a Real Housewife from Beverly Hills), model Ariadna Guiterrez, UFC legend Chuck Liddell, former Big Time Rush star James Maslow, Ross “the intern” Matthews from The Tonight Show, singer Mark McGrath (from the band Sugar Ray), Broadway star Marissa Jaret Winokur (who played Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray) and American professional basketball coach and former player Metta World Peace. However, the actual star of the show might be house itself.
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(L-R) James Maslow, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Ariadna Guiterrez, Ross Mathews, Metta World Peace and Omarosa Manigault. (CBS)

The Celebrity Houseguests will live in luxury this season in a house with a sophisticated sense of style, rich jewel tones, dark woods, polished gold finishes, and a floor-to-ceiling panorama image of the Los Angeles skyline as seen from the Hollywood Hills.

“We wanted to elevate the sophistication of the house design for the first-ever Celebrity Edition of Big Brother,” said Allison Grodner, Executive Producer of the show. “Our Houseguests and viewers alike will be transported into the glamour of a Hollywood Hills home that embraces iconic Los Angeles and celebrity themes in every room.”

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The glamour is front and center as the double doors of the house open onto a wall of light bulbs backed with gold, highlighting the gold Big Brother “walk of fame” star in the entryway. For the first time, the living room, kitchen and dining room all share one cohesive theme – the Los Angeles skyline – which spans 64’ wide across the entire living space and 23’ tall, from the floor to the ceiling in the two-story space. The impressive 2,768-square-foot mural of the skyline is printed directly onto mirrored plexi-glass to create the sparkle of a night sky.

Another first for the house is a square dining room table, which serves up a formal look of gold flatware and deep green velvet chairs. Behind the dining room table, 108 powder-coated cameras are mounted over tabloid headlines that include the words “star,” “headline” and “famous.” The kitchen is outfitted in dark hardwood and features a unique eat-in banquette, unlike the island previous Houseguests have used. The Celebrity Houseguests will enjoy all new appliances, including the house’s first espresso machine.

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A classic Hollywood car greets the Houseguests, with a detailed replica of a 1955 Porsche Spyder hanging from the wall of the bedroom hallway which was custom-built for the show. (Currently, the engine and all mechanical gear have been removed. Once the show is over, the car body will be returned to its creator and turned into an actual car.)

The bedrooms in the house continue the Hollywood Hills theme. This season’s cast will each enjoy their own bed – another Big Brother first, says CBS. The Red Carpet Arrival bedroom looks like a star-studded premiere event, outfitted with black and white satin sheets, a red carpet and gold stanchions, and even a glamorous step-and-repeat wall to tie the look together. The second bedroom, which is blue, looks like the inside of a celebrity closet with floor-to-ceiling closets, satin hangers, diamonds and shoes. The third bedroom is home to many of Los Angeles’ famous landmarks, including the Hollywood Bowl, the Los Angeles Airport, the Griffith Observatory and Los Angeles City Hall.

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This season’s Houseguests will probably spend the most time in the Hollywood speakeasy. The walls are covered with photos depicting stars of classic Hollywood lore, and the dim lighting makes it feel like a very intimate and cozy place – perfect for secret strategy meetings. The chess set, normally upstairs, is now located inside the speakeasy along with a new game, Chinese checkers.

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Julie Chen (CBS)
The luxurious bathroom is inspired by Japanese spas and feels like a five-star hotel spa with bamboo, a stone floor, black river rock and an ample sofa. The Celebrity Houseguests will have more privacy than former Houseguests, with a concrete wall that separates the two showers, along with two vanity stations.

Upstairs, the Head of Household (HOH) suite is a poolside cabana, with a vintage photomural that will make any Houseguest feel like they just stepped into a sunny retreat. The lucky HOH will also enjoy the biggest bed this room has ever seen – two queen-size beds built together. With limited space in the backyard this year due to the constant competitions, a pool-hall bridge has been created upstairs, as well as a new indoor gym, available 24/7. The Celebrity Houseguests will still be able to enjoy time outside for late night fire-pit chats as well as dips in the Jacuzzi.

One thing that remains the same is that the show will be hosted by Julie Chen.

Big Brother will debut with a three-night premiere event, Wednesday, February 7 (8:00-9:00 p.m.), Thursday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 p.m.) and a two-hour live show on Friday, Feb. 9 (8:00-10:00 p.m.) CBS. The show will continue airing regularly on the network for three weeks concluding with a two-hour finale on Sunday, February 25th. To view the full schedule, visit the CBS website.


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