TORONTO, Jan. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Big Brother Canada, the country's number one specialty reality series of 2013*, returns to Slice™ on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT with a special presentation of the premiere also airing on Global. After an epic inaugural season of Endemol's worldwide hit franchise that captivated fans, this season brings with it a new set of houseguests, zany new twists and challenges, and more opportunities for fans online to impact the show.
New this season is the Big Brother Canada Side Show, a weekly post-eviction wrap up show led by series host Arisa Cox and featuring season one houseguests Gary Levy and Peter Brown. Each week a surprise guest will join the Side Show panel to dish on events going on inside the house. The Big Brother Canada Side Show will air immediately following each eviction episode Thursdays at 10 pm ET/PT.
"Last season, our Canadian edition of Big Brother exceeded all expectations, bringing in record audiences and engaging fans in ways we'd never done before," said Barbara Williams, SVP of Content, Shaw Media. "With season two chalk-full of opportunities for viewers at home to influence the house and never before seen show-altering twists, our new batch of houseguests and fans are in for a wildly exciting ride."
"If you thought season one was full of twists and turns, strap on your seatbelts, season two is going to be a rollercoaster ride," said John Brunton, Executive Producer for Big Brother Canada. "Fans couldn't get enough of the show, so we're bringing them the all-new Big Brother Canada Side Show hosted by the fabulous Arisa Cox and featuring familiar faces Gary and Peter who know the show inside and out. Sparks will fly."
A group of strangers from across the country will be plucked from their homes to move in to the Big Brother Canada house, outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones that capture their every move. Week by week, houseguests will be eliminated as they compete in a series of challenges that test both brain and brawn and better their odds at the grand prize of $100,000 and a $25,000 gift card from The Brick.
Fans online couldn't get enough of season one, flocking to the site, streaming over one million hours of video online and driving Twitter conversation so high that #BBCAN trended regularly throughout the series run. Earning a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Cross-Platform Project (Non-Fiction) for season one, the series continues to host a myriad of digital extensions and platforms that augment the social dynamics and real-time momentum of the 24/7 television production. Beyond Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, fans of the series can extend their fix of Big Brother Canada at BigBrotherCanada.ca with full episodes, live streams, and a collection of twists and opportunities that allow them to impact the show.
Big Brother Canada, continues to air three nights a week on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 9pm ET/PT. The Big Brother Canada Side Show will air Thursdays, following each eviction episode, at 10pm ET/PT. Big Brother After Dark will air seven days a week from 2am - 5am ET/11pm - 2am PT.
Details on casting will be revealed at a later date. Tune in to Entertainment Tonight Canada tonight at 7:30pm ET/PT for an exclusive sit-down with Gary Levy about the all-new Big Brother Canada Side Show.
Former Friends star Matthew Perry has been tapped by CBS to star in, write and executive produce a new take on Neil Simon's Broadway play, The Odd Couple, for CBS, Perry will also co-write and executive produce the proposed project alongside Mad About You's Danny Jacobson, Perry will portray Oscar Madison, a sloppy, divorced sportswriter living with neatnik pal, Felix Unger, who is in the process of divorce. The role of Felix Unger has not been cast yet.
Perry told Deadline Hollywood that doing The Odd Couple has been a dream 34 years in the making. “Ever since seeing the movie The Odd Couple when I was 10 years old, it has been a dream for me to play Oscar Madison,” he said. “To be given the opportunity to develop a modern version of it for CBS has put a permanent smile across my face. I met up with a wonderful writing partner in Danny Jacobson. We both have such a passion for the source material that we have instantly become obsessed with making this great. Plus, I think it’s time for me to be in front of a live audience again. I miss that. The search for Felix Ungar is on!”
The Odd Couple, a 1965 stage play by Neil Simon was followed by a 1968 film directed by Gene Saks and starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. The film was highly successful with critics and audiences, grossing over $44.5 million, The success of the film was the basis for the sitcom of the same name, starring Tony Randall as Felix and Jack Klugman as Oscar, which ran for five seasons on ABC. Both actors were nominated for Emmy Awards in each year of the show's run. Jack Klugman won two Emmy Awards for his work (in 1971 and 1973) and Tony Randall won an Emmy as well (in 1975, in which, upon acceptance of the award, he commented on the fact that he wished he currently "had a job", since the show had been cancelled), the show itself was also nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in the years 1971, 1972 and 1974.
This isn't the first attempt at an Odd Couple reboot. In 1982, ABC aired a new version of The Odd Couple, this time with two African-Americans, Ron Glass as Felix and Demond Wilson as Oscar. It was called The New Odd Couple and ran less than half a season.
Klugman and Randall reunited in the 1993 CBS TV movie The Odd Couple: Together Again and another feature film, The Odd Couple II, written by once again Neil Simon (who also produced) was released in 1998. The film reunited Jack Lemmon as Felix Unger and Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison in their last film together. The film is also significant among sequels for having one of the longest gaps between the release of the original and a sequel in which all leads return.
If you have not seen tonight's season finale of Homeland, stop reading here, this story contains major spoilers.
The third season finale of Homeland left fans stunned as Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), was hanged for the assassination of an Iranian general.
So is Homeland over? The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that season four of Homeland is already being planned -- which means the show will go on, but without without Brody and without a few other cast regulars.
"Morena Baccarin (Jessica) and Morgan Saylor (Dana) will not return to the Emmy-winning drama as series regulars for the its fourth season," The Hollywood Reporter confirmed ahead of the finale. According to sources, the door is open for both actresses to return on a guest-star basis, the same way ex-full-timer Diego Klattenhoff (Mike) did this season.
It's hard to imagine the Homeland without Brody, but the show will continue, and with many changes.
Saul (Mandy Patinkin) isn't out of the running, and with Carrie having Brody's baby and taking on a new job (in Istanbul) there will be a lot of curious fans tuning in next fall.
Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas To Compete Again on Amazing Race
Rumors that Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas (Brenchel) will be competing on an "All Stars" edition of Amazing Race were confirmed this week by "Miss Cleo," a noted Big Brother fan and online gossip and spoiler reporter, Miss Cleo Tweeted a screen capture Reilly tweeted (and has since removed) of the two in their "Brenchel" shirts while sporting what appear to be Amazing Race-style backpacks.
In addition to the picture, Miss Cleo posted a YouTube video showing Brendon performing some kind of bartending stunt that could have been an Amazing Race "Roadblock."
The full cast should be announced in January. To stay up-to-date on all the details on Brenchel,, follow Miss Cleo on Twitter.
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