Big Brother 9 debuts tonight

The first winter season of CBS’ summertime crapfest Big Brother debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET. As a replacement for scripted series that are now on their way to returning, the show could last until May or end far sooner.

While there’s no America’s Player this season, the producers have begun their manipulation, announcing that they will turn off the a/c to encourage the cast to strip and by organizing the cast into pairs of soulmates who will be forced to do everything together, from sleeping in the same bed to being eliminated.

Episodes will air Tuesdays at 9, Wednesdays at 8, and Sundays at 8. That’s a slightly different schedule than in years past as the live, Julie Chen-hosted eviction show will air Wednesdays instead of Thursdays. The live feeds will be back, of course, as will Showtime’s three-hour live feed. CBS also announced that it has redesigned the show’s web site to allow “fans to watch the programs online and incorporate clips into their blogs, wikis, widgets and interact and discuss” the show. In other words, nine seasons later, they’re figuring out that offering fans content might be good for the show.

Big Brother 9 [CBS]
“Big Brother: ‘Til Death Do You Part” Here…There..Everywhere [CBS press release]