Big Brother After Dark moves to TV Guide Network, loses an hour

Big Brother After Dark, the nightly broadcast of the live feeds, is moving to TVGN, formerly the TV Guide Network, and being shortened to two hours. The broadcast begins June 26, the same night as the debut of the CBS broadcast.

The press release calls this “a curated live feed,” which means they choose which feed we watch, which also happened on Showtime; however, since this is now cable instead of premium TV, one can probably assume it’ll be even more censored than before.

TVGN President of Entertainment Brad Scwartz said in a press release, “When the sun goes down and the cameras are still rolling, some of the best reality TV moments come to life,” and he also referred to “jaw-dropping action.”

Clearly, he hasn’t watched the coma-inducing After Dark broadcast in years.

TV Guide Network has ditched the actual TV guide in recent years and tried to go with regular programming; the struggling network was acquired by CBS and Lionsgate earlier this year and renamed to ditch the direct connection to TV Guide.

Showtime was in the same corporate family, but this gives CBS a chance to build an audience for its new network by sending a loyal audience to it to watch absolutely nothing happen for two hours every night. Perhaps the producers will be encouraged to rip off Glass House and actually give their houseguests something to do every night?

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