It’s almost time to head back to the crazy house for Big Brother 21. CBS recently revealed the 2019 cast will be announced Monday, June 17, with BB alum Jeff Schroeder doing interviews. It wasn’t quite the big news fans were hoping for. They wanted the cast announced right then, to clear up the many rumors that have been floating around.
Every year, Big Brother has casting rumors before the new season. Casting director Robyn Kass yawned off the latest round of “spoilers,” without pointing out which leaks were incorrect:
Come on fake spoiler accounts…. you're usually more creative than this. #yawn
— Robyn Kass (@Kassting) June 4, 2019
Zing! One widespread Big Brother 21 casting rumor was that half the cast could be returning players. That scoop initially came out via Brent Wolgamott of Rob Has a Podcast:
Update: if I’m wrong and it’s all newbies, WE WIN. LOL. But yes, I do expect 8 returnees.
Anyone notice my GIF selection? #NothingIsByAccident
— Brent Wolgamott (@OneLuckyGay) May 30, 2019
There were 16 houseguests in the summer 2018 Big Brother 20, so that’s why that “spoiler” would’ve been half a season of returnees. Two HGs who played last summer are Faysal Shafaat and Haleigh Broucher, who became a couple during the show. Their names came up from another account as potential returnees:
FIRST ALL-STARS DUO I CAN CONFIRM… FAYSAL (FESSY) AND HALEIGH! Whether they deny it or not, they will be in the #BB21 house! They have been asked to lightfully play with public, but also deny and detract too! BUT THEY WILL BE IN! #BB21 #BigBrother #BB
— OfficialBigBrother21 (@OBrother21) June 4, 2019
Alex Kidwell, formerly of Rob Has a Podcast, shared an update that was tied to the previous spoiler about a half-returnees season:
Swaggy and Bayleigh were apparently all set to play until VERY recently. They still might have an in-house wedding this summer.
— Alex Kidwell (@alexkidwell) June 5, 2019
A showmance theme! Ugh. Based on what he heard, BB20’s Chris “Swaggy C” Williams and Bayleigh Dayton could still have a wedding on CBS during BB21. But his sources say the half-returnees showmance theme was dropped “due to fan response” — which, honestly, doesn’t track. Since when do they care about fan response?
If the “fan response” angle has merit, maybe it’s tied to The Amazing Race 31, which is currently airing with several Big Brother returnees. Ratings haven’t been gangbusters, so maybe there was a decision to give CBS reality show viewers a break from the returning players? That’s pure speculation. Either way, new players are the best. Big Brother 20 had its frustrations, but not from houseguests being unwilling to get in there and play.
I was not a fan of Big Brother 15 winner Andy Herren — or anything else about BB15 — but I often agree with him now, and I completely agree with his take on the rumors:
The best Big Brother casts of the last 5 years were 17 and 20, which both had all new players and no stunt casting. Why don't the Big Brother producers understand that newbie casts are generally way more thrilling than a mixture of returnees/newbies? I hope the rumors are wrong.
— Andy Herren (@AndyHerren) June 5, 2019
Yes. My favorite Big Brother Twitter, Big Brother Daily, posted a BB21 casting poll with close to 14,000 responses. Here are the results so far:
What type of cast are you hoping for? #BB21
— Big Brother Daily (@BB_Updates) June 10, 2019
So at least half of the voters want new players. If CBS really cares about fan response, that might tell you something.
All of the Big Brother 20 rumors will be cleared up on Monday, and then BB21 — hosted by Julie Chen Moonves — premieres Tuesday, June 25, followed by Wednesday, June 26 and then Sunday, June 30 on CBS. That Tuesday/Wednesday/Sunday schedule is meant to continue through the first six episodes before returning to the usual Wednesday/Thursday/Sunday schedule.
Keep up with all summer programming through our handy guide. Sign up for the BB21 live feeds now at CBS All Access. I plan to follow the Big Brother 21 live feeds spoilers for CinemaBlend, so I hope to see you back here after the Big Brother 21 premiere and we can start calling everyone out on their game moves and drama.