Wednesday, September 21, 2016
On Monday, the house guests gathered in the living room as Nicole read a special announcement on a laminated card. She announced that a new series of Big Brother would be started on September 28th, just days away, and the three of them sat in shock as the very basic BBOTT commercial played on the screen in the living room.
Nicole: Are you serious? What is going on right now?
James "joked" that he wanted to go back in to play the new season as they sat stunned, trying to process the information.
(I know I felt the same way when I heard the news.)
I heard Ian Terry talk about this on a podcast soon after the news was announced, saying that a few other former house guests had been grumbling about it, worried that it would dilute the importance of the traditional summer season. Ian also mentioned that there was concern that the BBOTT players might be considered to be in the same pool for All Star purposes, or in future seasons where returnees are involved.
I also heard Dan Gheesling tell Rob Cesternino that he'd "heard from a few people" who had been approached for BBOTT, but they were hesitant because they weren't sure how successful it would be, and they didn't want to waste an opportunity to play if the new series was a flop. Rob pushed Dan to tell him who it was, but Dan didn't want to say, and didn't even want to say if it was a returning BB player, or a newbie-type-of-person. Dan wrote a book about getting cast on Big Brother, and frequently couches people about getting cast, so it's possible he was referring to a newbie.
But I don't think so...I think former players were approached...just a guess. I heard a rumor at one point that the cast would be filled with former players who did not make the Jury, but I don't know if that is true or not. I know that the pre-jurors often seem hungrier, with more to prove. And it would be easier to cast from that pool, since most of the screening and interviewing has already occurred.