What is “Big Brother”?
A: Big Brother is an American television reality competition show.
What is the show based on?
A: The original Dutch reality show of the same name created by producer John de Mol in 1997.
The series takes its name from what?
A: From the character in George Orwell's 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
When did the American series launch?
A: On July 5, 2000 on CBS and is currently the second longest-running adaptation in the Big Brother franchise to date, after the Spanish version.
The show broadly follows the premise of other versions
of the format, in which a group of contestants, known as "House Guests", do
A: They live together in a specially constructed house that is isolated from the outside world for a cash prize of $500,000 (or $750,000 in the 23rd season onwards).
The House Guests are continuously monitored during
their stay in the house by what?
A: Live television cameras as well as personal audio microphones.
Throughout the course of the competition, House Guests
are evicted from the house, by being what?
A: Voted out of the competition.
In its inaugural season ratings declined and critical
reaction grew increasingly negative, prompting what?
A: Prompting the series to be revamped for the second season, which focused on competition and gameplay.
A twenty-fourth season of the series premiered on what
A: July 6, 2022.
On September 25, 2022, CBS renewed the series for what?
A: A twenty-fifth season.
The show also produced what two spin-offs?
A: Big Brother: Over the Top and Celebrity Big Brother.
The series was bought by CBS in early 2000 for how
A: An estimated $20 million.
Since its inception, the show has been hosted by what
A: Julie Chen Moonves.
Who is it produced by?
A: Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan for Fly on the Wall Entertainment and Endemol Shine North America.
Upon entering the house, the House Guests must abide by
A: The house rules.
House Guests can anytime leave the house without
permission or be forcibly removed from the game if they what?
A: Broke any rules, such as exhibiting violent and disruptive behavior.
In both cases, these House Guests are not allowed to
return to the house and are usually incorporated with what?
A: A penalty such as not allowed to be involved in a jury.
In an effort to promote diversity, CBS announced what
new rule for Big Brother?
A: That 50% of all contestants must be a person of color or an indigenous person for the 2021–2022 broadcast season.
Since its premiere, there have been numerous what?
A: Companion programs about the show.
In 2004, what began airing?
A: The web series House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show (2004–2008)
The series, which lasted for thirty minutes and aired
on weeknights did what?
This made House Calls the first what?
A: Live Internet talk show produced exclusively for a television network.
The series was initially hosted by whom?
A: Gretchen Massey and Big Brother 3 House Guest Marcellas Reynolds during its first two seasons.
Beginning with the show's third season, a new co-host
was featured on the series each day, with some doing what?
A: Returning more than once.