Reality Bites: Big Brother Goes HD, Survivor Snuffs 'Redemption Island'

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Julie Chen’s makeup person presumably just got a pay raise – CBS’ Big Brother will finally be broadcast in high definition when Season 16 premieres on June 25.

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According to Vulture, which first reported the news, the installation of new cameras and, more critically, the need to build an infrastructure to handle the storage and editing of hours upon hours of memory-hogging HD digital footage held up the switch-over, which was set in motion more than three years ago and gradually chipped away at during the show’s hiatus windows.

BB had been the last remaining regularly scheduled network primetime to broadcast in SD.

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In other reality-TV news: Survivor host Jeff Probst told Entertainment Weekly’s radio show that this fall’s Juan Del Sur — Blood vs. Water edition will do away with the Redemption Island twist and instead use the arena for a different, yet-to-be-revealed gameplay twist.

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9 Comments
  1. Diz says:

    Finally, awesome news!

  2. Yoki says:

    When will we get cast info for BB?

  3. Arie says:

    FINALLY! I remember when America’s Next Top Model finally went HD and I was happy. Can’t wait for the show and very happy they’re finally making the transition to HD!

  4. Bryce says:

    Finally! Watching Big Brother Canada in HD is just another way in which the Canadian version is a whole heck of a lot more fun to watch. Now the playing field will be more even. Hopefully next year we’ll get a house redesign, since ours hasn’t been changed since 2005.

  5. Spotteddog says:

    I just hope BB has been WAY more selective in their cast choices – last year was an embarrassment. An elimination nomination for idiotic behavior would be nice.

    • jj says:

      i still can’t believe the same casting company did the last season of bb and bb canada season 1/2! Complete night and day

  6. Robby Horine says:

    Great, when will “Let’s Make a Deal” going HD.

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