CBS reportedly announcing its own Celebrity Big Brother cast next week

CBS is expected to announce a US version of Celebrity Big Brother next week, according to a single sentence in an AOL TMZ.com story.

At the end of a story about the week in television, TMZ.com reports, “Meanwhile, CBS is expected to announce the next cast of ‘Survivor,’ and the cast of the first celebrity edition of ‘Big Brother,’ at some time next week.” Frustratingly, there is no additional information. If this is true, apparently things have changed since three years ago, when CBS president Les Moonves said there’d be no celeb edition of either Survivor or Big Brother, because no celebs were interested. That was pre-Surreal Life, though.

Will this show be Big Brother 7, or will there be two versions of the series airing this year? Will CBS use regular celebrities instead of past all-star cast members, as was rumored? Might the American celebrities mentioned as possible cast members for the new UK celebrity show be cast members?

Updates will come when there’s information to report.

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