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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Allison Grodner on the Big Brother Casting Process

OK, as we wrote yesterday, it's now official: Big Brother 9 is a sure thing for winter, premiering February 12th. Thought you'd enjoy this interview of Allison Grodner we found over at tv guide. Especially those of you who'll be auditioning via the casting calls, or sending in your tapes.

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    TVGuide.com: This is awfully soon for you guys to be doing casting calls again....
    Allison Grodner: It's crazy, isn't it? It seems like we just ended [Season 8]! It's like, "Oh, wait a minute, it's not summer?" [Laughs]

    TVGuide.com: How much time do you usually have between casting and the new season?
    Grodner: For a summer season, we usually start up at the end of February. It's quite a big casting process, and it's also preparing the house, redoing the equipment [for the challenges]... there's no doubt that this is more of an accelerated process at this point.

    TVGuide.com: What do you look for in a Big Brother candidate?
    Grodner: We are always looking for interesting personalities. We're looking for a diverse group of people from different backgrounds, with different personalities and different points of view. It's always about the mix — you mix it up, you close the door and throw away the key, and see what happens. [Laughs] Every year it's a surprise. We're looking for people who can be themselves, who are un-self-conscious and can be honest. And that's pretty much it. Last summer was a really good example of that; there was such a range of people. It's people you would never find together in the real world. [Laughs]

    TVGuide.com: Are there certain "types" that you always want to include — like a controversial loud-mouth, a blonde bombshell, etc.?
    Grodner: [Laughs] We really don't. It's really about people whose personalities interest us and people we feel are very real. The last thing we want are people who will come to a casting session and give us what they think we want — we've now been doing this long enough that we can spot that miles away. Once you close that door, people become themselves, and we need to be able to see what you really are, because people are going to be watching you 24/7. We are looking for diversity of age and a diversity of looks — you know, you've got your pretty people, your very real-looking people. It's a bit of a potion — with Big Brother we throw them in, we stir it up a little, we add some spice, and then you simmer all summer long.
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    TVGuide.com: So what's involved in the open casting call?
    Grodner: People walk in, they give us their best two minutes or less on tape. If you're nowhere near, you can download an application and submit a tape [by mail]. Then we go through those tapes. Really it's the first 30 seconds, so make sure you get across your unique point of view then.

    TVGuide.com: Have you encountered any particularly wacky people auditions?
    Grodner: Oh, yeah, always. [Laughs] We've seen people who drop all their clothes. And we've seen some really creative things. When people go to that extra effort, we know they're not going to be dull to watch.

    TVGuide.com: Is there anything that's actually too outrageous?
    Grodner: For Big Brother? I don't know. [Laughs] Obviously there are the rules of the house. If anyone appears to be dangerous, we wouldn't want them.

    TVGuide.com: What gets a person really noticed in a casting call?
    Grodner: As long as it's not the same old thing. We're going to notice right off the bat if you're putting on an act for us: "I'm going to go in there and fight," the whole stereotypical reality part of it all. We've wised up over the years — we know when people are just putting on an act to get to the next level. Whatever you put on tape should be representative of what your friends and family see in you.

    TVGuide.com: What can you tell us about the interview process for some past fan favorites?
    Grodner: With Dr. Will [Kirby, who won Season 2], if I remember correctly, his tape was actually not that impressive. We thought, "This is a cute guy; he's a doctor." We liked the idea that this was someone from a white-collar background mixed in with everyone else. He came to our semifinals. Once we had an interview with him, we understood just how brilliant and charismatic he is. We were wowed by him. We knew he had potential, but we didn't know how much. And Dick [Donato, who won last season] diligently showed up at open calls for the past three years. Each year he made it further and further. Last year we had our [people-from-the-past] twist, and his daughter, Daniele, showed up to the open call as well, and they're not talking to each other... it just fell into our laps.

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Monday, December 03, 2007

It's Official!! Big Brother 9 Begins February 12th

Straight from the horses mouth... the horse being CBS publicity. Your BB hopes and dreams have been answered. Stay tuned for more official news. From now on, I'm leaving rumors to the other guys... or maybe just the rumor site... cuz heaven knows we'll have more rumors than hair follicles before long.

Without further ado, the press release:

    The First Ever Winter Edition of "Big Brother" Begins Tuesday, Feb 12, 9:00 PM with Wednesday and Sunday Broadcasts at 8:00 PM

    Ushering in the New Year is the game show POWER OF 10, reality favorites BIG BROTHER and SURVIVOR, the return of THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE and JERICHO, the series premiere of the comedy THE CAPTAIN and original episodes of 48 HOURS MYSTERY.

    The first ever winter edition of BIG BROTHER premieres Tuesday, Feb. 12 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) with additional broadcasts on Wednesdays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) beginning Feb. 13 and Sundays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) beginning Feb. 17. Julie Chen returns as host of the live weekly eviction broadcast.

    BIG BROTHER has been a summer reality program staple for the past eight years, attracting a young demographic in each of its three weekly broadcasts.

    CBS's Revised Programming Schedule Effective in January and February:

    Tuesday, Feb. 12

    9:00-10:00 PM BIG BROTHER 9 (Premiere)

    Wednesday, Feb. 13

    8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER 9 (Wednesday Premiere)

    Sunday, Feb. 17

    8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER 9 (Sunday Premiere)

    Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan are executive producers of BIG BROTHER in association with Endemol, U.S.A.

You may have noticed the day switcheroo... Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday... not a real shocker since Survivor will be running per usual on Thursday nights, and the networks wanna spread out the new programming...

Gotta wonder if this will alter the schedule in terms of comp days though... We shall see. ;)

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