Big Brother is set to keep the live feeds on in America after Big Brother Canada shockingly nixed them just last week.
According to a source close to production, the U.S. version of the reality show has no plans to do away with the live feeds, reports Entertainment Weekly.
“However, this is one time that U.S. Big Brother fans should not expect the unexpected. According to a source close to production, there are no plans to change the live feed offerings for viewers of the American Big Brother when the show returns for its landmark 25th season this summer,” the entertainment outlet reports.
As previously reported, Corus Entertainment received immediate backlash from fans after announcing that Season 11 of Big Brother Canada would be the first with no live feeds presence.
“Attention BBCAN fam! As we head into Season 11, Big Brother Canada’s Live Feeds are evolving,” the show’s official Twitter account posted. “Behind the scenes content will now be delivered through Digital Dailies – uncut footage from inside the BBCAN house, offering viewers an extended sneak peek into the houseguests’ lives.”
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In a follow up tweet, the show linked to an official release from Corus expanding on the decision to cancel the Big Brother Canada live feeds for Season 11.
“We are known for giving audiences behind the scenes access to Big Brother Canada, and we’re excited to debut Digital Dailies this season. This new content offering came together after thoughtful consideration, with us taking a new approach to the BBCAN live feeds by offering an exclusive peek inside the house and moving away from the 24/7 live feeds,” said Lisa Godfrey, Senior Vice President, Original Content and Corus Studios, Corus Entertainment. “We are constantly looking for new ways to evolve the show to ensure we operate with the utmost duty of care and prioritize the mental health and well-being of the houseguests, and their family members, as well as our own production team who work closely on the series. We are happy to continue delivering the exclusive content we know audiences love, in a way that works best for our BBCAN family.”
As Entertainment Weekly notes in their report, the live feeds are a crucial and very important part of the Big Brother franchise, which sums up what TV Deets said just last week.
With so much backlash on social media and the show not debuting until next month, there is a possibility Corus could change course but until then, BBCAN will certainly feel different.
Season 11 of Big Brother Canada premieres March 8th on Global.