Canadians getting a knock-off of CBS’ Big Brother

Big Brother is coming to Canada on the Slice Network, which will broadcast its own version of the international franchise. Global TV airs the CBS version of the show, so Canadians haven’t been deprived of the format, and sadly, their new version will mimic the CBS version instead of using another model.

A press release said the show will follow “the U.S. format,” and said viewers “can connect with the series outside of the 3-day-a-week broadcast through a myriad of digital extensions including live streaming and social engagement opportunities that allow online users to impact decisions in the house.”

The producers of Canada’s Got Talent and Canadian Idol, Insight Productions, will handle production of the show, so perhaps they’ll make better decisions about the implementation of the format.

The series will be broadcast three nights a week on Slice, which already airs The Real Housewives of Vancouver. TV Guide Canada notes that Canadian broadcaster “Shaw neglected to give much more info than that, including why it opted to schedule the show on specialty station Slice rather than the mainstream Global network.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.