At long last, two of reality TV’s biggest dumpster fires, Big Brother and The Challenge, will have their toxicity pooled together on one night on CBS this summer.
That petri dish starts festering next month, when Big Brother 24 and The Challenge: USA will each premiere on the same night.
So why the disparaging headline?
Well, The Challenge, which was born as Road Rules: All Stars, has produced more than 500 episodes over an impressive 24-year run.
But many of those episodes were an absolute shitwagon of drunken violence, produced in an environment that one of its own cast members called a “hostile work environment” with “incentivized violence.”
Besides constructing shoddy challenges, producers have been sued by a contestant for “alleged unlawful termination, harassment, failure to prevent discrimination or retaliation, retaliation and sexual assault” (which they settled out of court), and accused of destroying sea turtle eggs, trashing a $4 million house, and leaving garbage in a rainforest.
And then there’s Big Brother.
BB24 will be the 24th season of the long-running summer CBS competition, which is CBS’s worst reality show.
It has people live in a soundstage house, where they compete in poorly constructed challenges, are subjected to unfair twists, and for years said horrific shit without consequence. And of course they did: producers only banned racial slurs in 2020.
Pairing these two shows together, CBS said in a statement, “further underscores Paramount’s strategy of leveraging its popular franchises across the company’s global platforms.”
And that, is of course, what both shows are: leveraging human beings for profit, uninterested in the toxicity they’ve hosted and spewed into the world for most of their lives.
Is everyone on both of these shows horrible? Of course not! Have they produced some great entertainment amidst all this? Yep. Have they each improved in small ways? Sure.
Might they both become better versions of themselves? Let’s hope!
When BB24 and Challenge: USA will premiere and air
The Challenge USA is a new all-star reality competition that uses The Challenge’s format with Survivor, Big Brother, Amazing Race, and Love Island cast members competing for $500,000 and the ability to represent the U.S. in The Challenge: World Championship.
CBS calls it “one of the most unpredictable and demanding games of their lives, living in a constant state of paranoia and unable to trust anyone but themselves,” which basically sounds like Big Brother.
The Challenge USA will air Wednesdays at 9, but premiere July 6 at 9:30 p.m. ET.
That’s because BB24 will premiere July 6 at 8 p.m. ET, with a 90-minute premiere. CBS did not say that would be a live show, which probably means pre-taped.
After the premiere, Big Brother will have its usual schedule:
- Wednesdays at 8
- Thursdays at 9
- Sundays at 8
The pairing is similar to what CBS will do this fall on Wednesday nights, when it will air these three reality shows together.