Big Brother to Return; No Premiere Date Announced

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The uncertainty of the current writers' strike is making it impossible for CBS to announce a premiere date for the next installment of Big Brother.

Rest assured, however, there will be one.

Along with the confirmation of the new season, the network also said that Julie Chen, an Early Show co-anchor and wife of CBS President and CEO Les Moonves, is set to assume her duties as the show's host, while Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan will again serve as executive producers.

"We really want it to stand out," Grodner said of the new season in an interview with the New York Daily News. "We want it to be special, because we've never done something like this before. I promise you it will be different from any other Big Brother you've ever seen."

This time around, "America's Player" has been scrapped from the game.

"That's really hard to do twice," Grodner said. "Anyone coming to be a part of Big Brother this year would know about it and we'd hate to have people act differently because they think that the viewers are in control... That doesn't mean that it couldn't return in some other way, but doing exactly what we did again, no."

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