CBS announced the season-opening twist for Big Brother 19, and BB19 will be a “Summer of Temptation,” offering contestants temptations “that could give them money, power and safety in the game,” though each has a consequence.
Houseguests will apparently be tempted in a special room called the Den of Temptation, and the first person to be tempted (and the others, too?) will be chosen by viewer votes.
This is a remarkably straightforward twist and one that seems like it has a lot of potential—assuming the temptations don’t introduce massive inequity and imbalance into the game, like so many of Big Brother’s previous twists.
It’s maybe a little risky: it’s possible the cast could not opt for the temptations. But presumably the consequence of that would simply be a normal week of Big Brother, and hurrah for that.
In the press release announcing the twist, executive producer Rich Meehan said, “this summer we are testing the Houseguests like never before. There are so many different paths the game could take this season depending on what the Houseguests choose to do. With so many unknowns, we are excited to see how it all plays out.”
The house’s design reflects the them, as you can see in the video below, and includes apples, snakes, and money.