CBS plans celebrity edition of ‘Big Brother’ for winter

CBS is extending the “Big Brother” franchise into the regular September-May season with plans for its first celebrity edition of the show set to air this winter.

The move marks the first time the housebound reality-competition series has aired outside of the summer months since 2008, when CBS fired up a special edition of the show to help fill the primetime void during the 100-day writers strike.

The cast for the show has yet to be announced. Julie Chen will host. CBS-owned cabler Pop TV will again carry the live companion show “Big Brother After Dark,” offering an unfiltered feed of the goings-on in the house during the late-night hours.

See the current "Big Brother" contestants:

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Big Brother Season 19 contestants
Ramses Soto (21) 
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.
Current City: Grand Rapids, Mich.
Occupation: Cosplay Artist
Dominique Cooper (30; turns 31 on 7/11/17)
Hometown: Tuskegee, Ala.
Current City: Woodbridge, Va.
Occupation: Government Engineer
Josh Martinez (23)
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Current City: Homestead, Fla.
Occupation: Hair Care Sales
Alex Ow (28)
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Current City: Camarillo, Calif.
Occupation: Eco-Friendly Marketing Rep
Elena Davies (26; turns 27 on 8/19/17)
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Current City: Dallas, Texas
Occupation: Radio Personality
Christmas Abbott (35)
Hometown: Lynchburg, Va.
Current City: Raleigh, N.C.
Occupation: Fitness Superstar
Raven Walton (23)
Hometown: DeValls Bluff, Ark.
Current City: DeValls Bluff, Ark.
Occupation: Dance Teacher
Jillian Parker (24)
Hometown: Celebration, Fla.
Current City: Las Vegas, Nev.
Occupation: Timeshare Sales Rep
Cody Nickson (32)
Hometown: Lake Mills, Iowa.
Current City: Plano, Texas
Occupation: Construction Sales Rep
Megan Lowder (28)
Hometown: Cathedral City, Calif.
Current City: Phoenix, Ariz.
Occupation: Dog Walker
Matthew Clines (33)
Hometown: Arlington, Va.
Current City: Arlington, Va.
Occupation: Renovation Consultant
Cameron Heard (24; turns 25 on 8/27/17)
Hometown: North Aurora, Ill.
Current City: Woodridge, Ill.
Occupation: Microbiologist
Mark Jansen (26)
Hometown: Grand Island, N.Y.
Current City: Grand Island, N.Y.
Occupation: Personal Trainer
Kevin Schlehuber (55; turns 56 on 8/7/17)
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Current City: Boston, Mass.
Occupation: Stay-At-Home Dad
Jason Dent (37; turns 38 on 7/12/17)
Hometown: Humeston, Iowa
Current City: Humeston, Iowa
Occupation: Rodeo Clown
Jessica Graf (26)
Hometown: Cranston, R.I.
Current City: Los Angeles
Occupation: VIP Concierge
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“ ‘Big Brother’ has been dominating pop culture throughout its 19 seasons, and it is exciting to grow the franchise with the first-ever celebrity edition in the U.S.,” said longtime “Big Brother” executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan.

“Big Brother” has been a summer staple for CBS since 2000, with episodes airing three times a week. This summer the show’s 19th season has averaged a solid 7.5 million viewers, ranking as top five summer series in adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.

“Big Brother” hails from Endemol Shine North America.

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