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July 08, 2020

TMZ: 'Big Brother' Set to Film With an All-Star Cast This Summer Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic

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“Big Brother” is allegedly planning an All-Star format for its 22nd season — which will air in summer — despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Even though the novel coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing, the “Big Brother” franchise has every intention of returning to TV screens during summer.

Host Julie Chen Moonves on the Live Eviction show #8 of CBS' "Big Brother" on August 22, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

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TMZ sources have claimed that while casting was halted in May, the reality TV show’s executives had to come up with a new plan of hosting an All-Star edition.

Amid all the new information dropping, [it was] disclosed that Andy Herren asked CBS not to cast past houseguests who turned out to be homophobic, racist, and transphobic.

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The decision to run an All-Star season — the second of its kind in the franchise — seemed logical as those who will partake in it have already become accustomed to the show.

With that in mind, the show’s contestants are expected to make their way to Los Angeles during the earlier part of July so that they can be tested and then placed in a two-week quarantine.

According to Vanity Fair, this development comes a month after “Big Brother” confirmed that the show’s 22nd season would still air — even if it’s on a slightly later schedule.

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As regards how the show's executives planned to handle production and shooting during this season, a network executive told the outlet that:

“Nothing is going to shoot next week. Right now it’s just: How are we going to do it? I don’t think we’ll know that for weeks.”

As for the return of “Big Brother,” TV Line reported that CBS was allegedly talking to former stars of the show. The network is also holding negotiations with past winners and other houseguests that turned out to be famous amongst viewers. 

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The first time CBS took the “Big Brother: All-Stars” approach, Mike “Boogie” Malin walked away with the prize after 28 episodes.

Amid all the new information dropping, Cheat Sheet disclosed that Andy Herren asked CBS not to cast past houseguests who turned out to be homophobic, racist, and transphobic.

Andy, who won the show’s fifteenth season, made his stance known when he took to his Twitter feed to share his views on the show.

While fans are anxious to see if CBS will listen to Andy’s appeal, it should be noted that the network is yet to provide any official update on the upcoming “Big Brother” season.

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