Big Brother Gets an Eighth Turn

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CBS has picked up the reality series “Big Brother,” hosted by Julie Chen, for an eighth installment to be broadcast this summer.

Last season’s “Big Brother: All-Stars” started with 20 All-Star Houseguests and after 71 days and 1,704 hours, Mike “Boogie” Malin, a 35-year-old restaurateur originally from Concord, N.H., was crowned the winner of “Big Brother: All-Stars” and claimed the $500,000 prize.

“Big Brother 8” will follow the relationships and conflicts of players who live together in a house outfitted with dozens of cameras and microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day. One by one, the Houseguests will vote each other out of the house. At the end of three months, the last remaining Houseguest will receive the grand prize of $500,000.

“Big Brother” premiered in July 2000 and has been a key component of CBS’ summer programming ever since.

“Big Brother 8” will be executive produced by Emmy Award winner Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan, in association with Endemol U.S.A. Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Arnold Shapiro will serve as an executive consultant on the series.

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