EXCLUSIVE: Big Brother on the chopping block at Channel Seven as new season suffers production issues, format changes and delays
The upcoming season of Channel Seven’s Big Brother could be its last.
According to a source, it will be the shortest season in the history of Australian Big Brother and the last one that Seven is contractually required to produce, leaving the show’s license up for grabs.
The season, originally dubbed ‘Big Brother: House of Love’, was cast with single contestants in a bid to make it more like Channel Nine’s Love Island.
Unfortunately, none of the romances blossomed like producers expected, forcing them to scrap the House of Love theme altogether.
‘In the end it just felt like more of the same Big Brother,’ the source admitted.
EXCLUSIVE: The upcoming season of Channel Seven’s Big Brother could be its last due to production issues and delays. Host Sonia Kruger is pictured
The season, originally dubbed ‘Big Brother: House of Love’, was cast with single contestants in a bid to make it more like Channel Nine’s Love Island, but the concept failed and Seven has dropped the theme
The few relationships that did form have all fizzled now, but contestants have been told to keep their dating lives off social media to avoid spoilers.
As expected, the cast are growing restless about the airdate, with one saying: ‘We’ve been left in the dark. We were originally told the show would be in April and we still don’t know when the series has been scheduled to premiere!’
The season was recorded last year over 27 days with more than a few double evictions to cut down the length of filming.
Despite the hiccups, one source at Seven feels confident that longtime Big Brother fans will still love the new series.
‘We have lots of fan favourite twists like intruders and it will still fit neatly in the Big Brother universe,’ they said.
According to a source, it will be the shortest season in the history of Australian Big Brother and the last one that Seven is contractually required to produce. Tully Smyth is pictured
If Big Brother is going to remain at Seven past this season it will need to see a major ratings lift.
The upcoming season will fulfil Seven’s contract, leaving Big Brother licensing up for grabs again.
However, the network doesn’t seem optimistic about the future of the show and have already demolished the house where it’s filmed.
Last season saw the return of iconic fan favourites like Reggie Bird and Tim Dormer, but it still disappointed in the ratings
Rumours have been swirling since last year that Big Brother was on the chopping block.
In a bid to bring in ratings, Seven brought back fan favourites including winners Reggie Bird and Tim Dormer for their fourteenth season, which was dubbed ‘[Royalty vs New Contenders’.
Unfortunately, only 582,000 people tuned in to watch Reggie win the series for a second time, while Channel 10 rival MasterChef Australia 1.171million viewers.
Channel Seven declined to comment when contacted by Daily Mail Australia.