Showtime will air Big Brother After Dark again

Big Brother 9, the upcoming spring season, will air on Showtime’s Sho2 channel. The live feed from the house will be broadcast from 12 to 3 a.m. ET/PT every night starting Feb. 12, the day the new season debuts.

Showtime exec Robert Greenblatt said in a press release that “Big Brother: After Dark was a big success for us at bringing an audience to very late night time periods on SHO2. This began as an experiment with our friends at Endemol and CBS, and I’m happy that it worked so well for all of us. I’m amazed at how much curiosity there is about what goes on in the Big Brother house after the lights are out, but what better place to present that than on SHOWTIME where we have a lot of on-air real estate in the wee hours of the morning.”

This is just me, but if I was a Showtime executive, my press release quote would have said, “We’re giving CBS Dexter–a television masterpiece that they will hack up in editing, breaking up the narrative for commercials and cutting content to satisfy the tight-asses at the FCC–and they’re giving us this relentlessly boring, occasionally horrifying shit again? What the fuck kind of trade is that, Les?”

Showtime Gives Some Big Brotherly Love [Showtime press release]

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