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Big Brother Canada cancelled for next year; Global says it’s ‘on hiatus’

Big Brother Canada cancelled for next year; Global says it’s ‘on hiatus’
Big Brother Canada host Arisa Cox does a run-through before the show's broadcast. (Photo by Global)

Big Brother Canada will not air a sixth season during the 2017-2018 television season, the first time that Canada won’t have a version of the show since 2013.

A network representative told BBSpy:

“Big Brother Canada is on hiatus for the coming broadcast year. Further details will be announced at a later date. Global remains the broadcaster for Big Brother.”

“Hiatus” suggests it may return, but it also might be a way of just deferring a decision, or delaying a cancellation announcement.

In short: it’s somewhat meaningless, and the only concrete thing we know is that Global cancelled next year’s edition.

All three episodes that aired during BBCAN 5’s final week were among Canada’s top-30 shows.

However, the series was not mentioned at all in Global’s press release about its upcoming season. Last year’s press release was enthusiastic about the show:

“Big Brother Canada – After its most successful season yet, with an average audience of almost 1.2 million viewers per episode (2+) – growing audiences with total viewers and key demos A18-49 and A25-54 versus Season 3, reality champ Big Brother Canada returns for a fifth season of competing, scheming, and household chaos. Based on Endemol Shine Group’s worldwide hit franchise and commissioned by Corus Entertainment Inc., Season 5 of Big Brother Canada is produced by Insight Productions in association with Corus Entertainment Inc.”

Arisa Cox on Big Brother Canada’s hiatus

BBCAN is generally viewed by Big Brother fans as the superior North American version, i.e. better than the CBS version. The show has aired in the spring every year, for two seasons on Slice, and then three seasons on Global.

People associated with the show don’t sound hopeful about its future.

Host Arisa Cox wrote about the series in the past tense over two tweets:

“It’s been FIVE BRILLIANT SEASONS and now it’s official, @BigBrotherCA is on hiatus. MASSIVE LOVE to our BB fam from the bottom of my heart.”

“We CAN and we WILL get through this together! The second we know more I’ll share it, so stay tuned. LOVE!”

A senior producer for the show, Mike Bickerton, tweeted “A massive congratulations and thank you to you and the entire #BBCAN team Arisa. High end production and true passion for creating great tv.”

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