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Monday, June 1, 2009

Is Big Brother 11 on a 9 Week Schedule?

***I originally posted this on Monday, June 1st. In the meantime, we've gotten confirmation of 12 houseguests this season (though rumors of 16 persist), and then, on June 17th, CBS issued a new statement which dramatically alters the initial impression. Please scroll to the end of this post for the new info!

Things that make ya go Hmmm...

CBS just formally announced that the Emmy Award show will air live on Sunday, September 13th, from 8-11pm. This is a week earlier than originally slated, and this news is definitely sending my Big Brother oriented brain into a big Hmmmm state.

Ya see, according to some unconfirmed tv schedules floating around, BB was supposedly scheduled to have it's finale on September the 15th, but those schedules were released before this change was announced.

Here's the official statement:
    CBS’s broadcast of the 61ST PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS has been rescheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT), one week earlier than the previously announced date.

    "The new date moves the Emmys away from a weekend where CBS has an NFL doubleheader, which can delay the start of prime time on Sunday." said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS. "This is better for the live event, the broadcast and our audience at home."

    The original date for the broadcast was set prior to the NFL releasing their 2009 television schedule.

At first glance, I though it could be as simple as as Sunday night preemption for BB11, but then you notice the following Sunday is football.

I'm thinking this means that the upcoming season of Big Brother will wrap up and have its finale on Thursday, September 10th. If that's the case, Big Brother 11 will be only 9 weeks long, and the implications of that are... potentially fewer houseguests, and/or more double eliminations.

Then again, heck, they could wrap it Tuesday the 8th. Or, they could skip the Sunday show, and wrap it up on Tuesday the 15th, which would actually make it a (couple days) longer running season than BB10, which ran July 12th - September 16th. There's just no telling.

I checked to see if they've released the start dates for any of the staple fall shows, specifically Survivor and The Amazing Race, and they haven't. There's a fall schedule, but no dates.

What do you think?

Here's a clip of the Julie interview with Robyn Kass, Boogie and Brian Hart from a little while ago when casting was still in full swing. 2 minutes in, Julie asks Robyn, "What are you looking for, as we throw 10 new strangers into the house this summer?"

Could be a Julie oops. Maybe so, maybe no. I spoke with a contact at CBS, and they will neither confirm nor deny...

***CBS issued a new press release on June 17th, and it looks like we're back in business for a full season, and as we already know, with a full cast. :) Here it is:

    The 61st PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS has been re-scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    "After we announced plans for September 13, MTV informed us they were locked into the same day for the Video Music Awards, with venue and sponsorship agreements in place. We had the flexibility to move; they didn't," said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music & Live Events, CBS Entertainment. "It's best for the industry and the audience that these events not compete against each other. Huge thanks to the Television Academy and Don Mischer for quickly moving mountains to make this happen. If the Emmy broadcast has as much excitement as the scheduling of the date, viewers are in for an unforgettable event."

    "We appreciate CBS and the Television Academy taking on the mammoth task of moving such a huge event as the Emmy's to accommodate the Video Music Awards. Now audiences will get to experience two phenomenal nights of entertainment," said Stephen Friedman, General Manager of MTV.

    To present the 61st PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS as close as possible to its scheduled 8:00 PM start, 60 MINUTES (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) is planning a flexible broadcast following CBS Sports late afternoon NFL game.

    The 61st PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS is being produced by Don Mischer Productions. Nominations for the 61st PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS will be announced July 16 at 5:40 AM, PT from the Television Academy's Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood.

There ya have it! Crisis averted. ;)



Blogger Rochelle said...

double eliminations or could the finale be Sat.?

June 1, 2009 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger bluex1969 said...

They better not cheat us out of a full season!!!*shakes fist in air* hehehe

It figures you would catch this, Carolyn!!! You got one sharp mind and one sharp eye!!!

They could always switch from Sundays to Saturdays during the season. Didn't they switch from Saturdays to Sunday airing last year?

June 1, 2009 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger ReporterX said...

Yikes, only 10 House guests.. Wonder if an early ending is because Julie is pregnant?

June 1, 2009 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Dominic said...

I don't really like the idea of it being so short. But, I guess it means that some of us can save on our 24/7 feeds. Because we definitely don't have to have them for 4 months this time. The season is going to be 2 months and 1 week. Only 10 people is like the first ever season of Big Brother. But, then the international versions of the show come to mind where they may add people during the season. Which would be pretty interesting because the US version has never done that before. They added people back to the show, but never added new people to the show.

June 1, 2009 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger jluvsturtles said...

Just everything is strange this time, I would have said becuz of Julie's pregnancy, but that wouldn't have anything to do with poor Gretchen getting the axe.

dooo dooo dooo dooo (twilight zone)

June 1, 2009 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger MoNYC said...

The Awards date + the cancellation of Housecalls AND the finale wrap party + Chenbot's comment malfunction = makes me think low $ thus shorter season.

Though there's a strong likelihood that I'm wrong.

June 1, 2009 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger higgie said...

I don't mind if it's a shorter season. Just bring it on already!!!! I hope that there's a few "surprises" for the houseguests this year...wasn't too keen on the "back to basics" like last year.

June 1, 2009 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger Brook said...

maybe we can just hope shorter season = more intensity...you know, like condensed coursework? i don't know - just reaching i guess...

June 1, 2009 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger Ry said...

Quick Big Brother?? No!?!

~ Ryan ~

June 1, 2009 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger mikeinbama said...

If they have a bunch of annoying houseguest, 9 weeks will be enough for me. Maybe they shortend the stay this year due to the economy. I hope their is at least 1 crazy person in the house.

June 1, 2009 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger Carla said...

Is anyone else seeing a pattern here? First, we hear that Julie is pregnant and as we all know most pregnancies last 9 months. Big Brother is scheduled to start on the 9th of July. If there really are only 10 houseguests this season, that means 9 losers. It now looks like the season will only be 9 weeks long. So, I am predicting the finale will be September 9th (or 9/9/09) and Julie will be dressed to the nines! ;)

June 1, 2009 at 6:04 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Hey everybody!! :)

Hmmmm.. I do believe we have our 1st Bb conspiracy theories of the season. ;)

And.. a tushie!

June 1, 2009 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger jluvsturtles said...

Carla's number nine theory, and Mikeinbama's tushie! It's so great to be back!!

June 1, 2009 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Hmmm, will be watching and waiting for more developments...but the theory of nines sounds intersting...Natalie is that you? LOL JK :D

June 1, 2009 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger Charlie In Raleigh said...

I am also thinking that the shorter season and less houseguests would be a move to cut the costs of the production. Less HG's + shorter season = production savings.

Carla, great comment with the "9"s!

June 1, 2009 at 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um ... BB finale's are usually on Tuesday anyway so maybe for the last couple of weeks they'll change Sunday episode to another day or something.

June 1, 2009 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

:) It's so nice to see everybody coming back into the fold. I'm sitting here with such a smile on my face, I can't even tell you...

June 1, 2009 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger GaYToR said...

AHHHH! THE tush is back. It HAS been a long dry spell. :-O (read into that what you will. You that know me will anyway.)

I love the 9's conspiracy. That was sharp Carla.

I also remember the original commercial for this season talked about NEW twists and surprises. Could the idea of adding new cast as the season goes be on target? In BBAU they call them 'intruders'.

I'm shivering in antici....pation! for the start.

Hi to all the gang. I've missed e1.

Caro, love the pic on FaceBook. I want those glasses. :-p~


June 1, 2009 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger _Claire_ said...

Hallelulah...Im not anonymous any more.
Hi everyone and welcome back to the fun-est place on the net!
Missed y'all and hope to see you all soon.

June 2, 2009 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

So what not only do we NOT get a 3 hour finally, but we get a shortened season too??

June 2, 2009 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger indigoprince said...

Yes I saw the tushie too :P

I am wondering what the 9 pattern could possibly symbolize for this up coming season.

We all love ya Caroline. Why wouldn't we be back?

let's get this party started!

June 2, 2009 at 3:20 PM  
Blogger bluex1969 said...

Carla!!!! What a sharp mind you have!!! The theory of the 9's is indeed intriguing!!!

Bama's tushie is back!!! hehehe

Come on, July 9th!!!


(I'm exclamation point happy, aren't I? heheh)

June 3, 2009 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Marci said...

OK - So I'm NOT thrilled with a short season!

It is so good to see all the regulars (and newbies) here getting as antsy as I am. Love the 9's theory too Nat, uh Carla! lol

The Tush is back - sigh . . . . Thanks, I reeeeeeaaaaaaly needed that!

Love your pic bluex!

I love the glasses and pic too, CaroLYN and am so glad you are smiling! I'll remind you of that about a month in when we are up all night waiting on the feeds to come back after a comp! lol Doesn't that sound good right now?


(NOT so patiently waiting!)

June 3, 2009 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Ry said...

Carolyn! I see the 13 HG head's in ?? on the front page. Is this wishful thinking or do you have secret knowledge that we aren't keen to? We must know Carolyn, tell us!

~ Ryan ~

* * * 36 MORE DAYS !!! * * *

June 3, 2009 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger CFitz said...

Things that make you go "hmmmm"! It's me..**MsFitz**! I'm now CFitz. Can't wait for it to begin. I hope it's not a shorter time but guess it's a wait & see. I know you'll keep us updated. Hope all is good in your world & all the other DishChicks! Shout out to all from last summer. Looking forward to a crazy time again!

June 4, 2009 at 12:11 PM  
Anonymous JohnnyTremz said...

Something to keep in mind. Although it does seem they are cutting the budget... they also had a record number of casting calls this year... never before were there this many locations and they just kept adding... plus I can speak from experience there have never been as many people that were at the New York audition this year. It seems BB is getting an even bigger following in the US. I dont see the show shortening the format to save a few pennies. Think positive people... seems like every year the rumors of a shortended season happen.

June 5, 2009 at 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It better not be a shorter season. I will be angry! I just can't wait for this to start already.

-Mike in Delaware

June 8, 2009 at 1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't this just mean that they are bringing back some old houseguests?

June 15, 2009 at 6:15 AM  

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