Big Brother: After Dark
|Big Brother: After Dark|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
|Executive producer(s)||Allison Grodner|
|Running time||120 minutes|
|Original channel||Showtime 2 (2007–12)
|Original run||July 5, 2007– present|
|Related shows||Big Brother (U.S.)
Big Brother: After Dark was an uncensored, uncut live feed from the American Big Brother House while broadcast on Showtime2. The program debuted on July 5, 2007 as a companion show since Big Brother 8 and it aired on Showtime 2 in the United States and Slice in Canada.
The program was the only first-run original program produced specifically for any of Showtime's seven multiplex channels (the bulk of the network's first-run original programming airs on the main Showtime channel, and is replayed on its various multiplex channels, including Showtime 2).
On May 29, 2013, it was announced that Big Brother: After Dark will move to TVGN beginning on June 26. While it was promoted by TVGN as remaining uncensored as it was on Showtime 2, on TVGN "Big Brother: After Dark" is now rated TV14 and censored for language by muting of the audio. (TVGN is in most cases carried on the "lifeline tier" of most cable systems, which all subscribers receive compared to Showtime 2's subscription tier). The network says that nine words and nudity will be censored from the show, though some profanity still goes through. The broadcast airs uncensored over Slice in Canada.
A version of this program was also developed as a companion series to Big Brother Canada on Slice.
Broadcast and features
Big Brother: After Dark aired nightly live on Showtime 2's Eastern (12:00 midnight-3:00am) & Central (11:00pm–2:00am) feeds & on tape delay on Showtime 2's Mountain (10pm-1am) & Pacific (9pm-12:00 midnight) feeds, while a season of Big Brother is in progress. The TVGN version airs live between 12-2 AM ET on the east coast channel and delayed 12am-2am PT on the west cost channel. The show uses the same live feed footage available to 24/7 Internet subscribers, though the show's producers choose the camera angles and scenes within the program. Every twenty minutes during the show after a short promotional break showcasing Showtime's original series, a "scroll" on the bottom of the screen explained what events occurred that day prior to the start of the show. The TVGN version carries regular commercial breaks, but without the scroll out of break. Due to the uncensored nature of the show it was rated TV-MA-LS on Showtime 2.
The show covered events happening in the House during 9:00 PM–12:00 AM PT. According to executive producer Allison Grodner, these three hours would be entertaining as "That's prime time for the Big Brother house. It's when our HouseGuests are most wide awake and having fun, talking about strategy and playing the game. People are going to see quite a bit."
The majority of the shows on Big Brother: After Dark are live with certain exceptions. During the ninth season of Big Brother the April 21, 2008, episode was pre-recorded from earlier in the day due to an eviction and endurance competition still in progress at 9 PM PT/12 AM ET. A similar situation occurred during the twelfth season on September 7, 2010, when the remaining HouseGuests were woken up early specifically to pre-record that night's show. This was to avoid spoiling which HouseGuest had been evicted earlier in the day during a taped eviction episode. There have also been cases where a still scene and the program's theme music are played instead during portions of the series (such as competitions and tense situations between houseguests) the producers might rather show exclusively within the CBS broadcast, along with removing segments of HouseGuests humming or whistling copyrighted music, which is still a chargeable "performance" of a work under ASCAP/BMI guidelines. HouseGuests are also forbidden from talking about the audition and casting process or the more internal and proprietary components of the show, or some diary room confessions, along with promoting business interests. In this case, the "Big Brother" voice will tell the HouseGuest over the house's loudspeaker system "You're not allowed to talk about production". Further violations of the singing and production talk rules will earn the HouseGuest a call to the diary room for a producer talk, along with other rules violations.
- "CBS'S SUMMER OF "BIG BROTHER" ON-AIR (CBS), ONLINE (REALNETWORKS, CBS.COM AND THE CBS AUDIENCE NETWORK), ON THE PHONE (CBS MOBILE) AND NEW THIS SUMMER - ON SHOWTIME!". The Futon Critic/CBS. 2007-06-11. Retrieved 2008-04-04.
- ""BIG BROTHER: 'TIL DEATH DO YOU PART" HERE...THERE..EVERYWHERE". The Futon Critic/CBS. 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2008-04-04.
- Donohue, Steve (2008-01-08). "Big Brother: After Dark Returns to Showtime". Multichannel News. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
- Big Brother: After Dark, by Isabelle Carreau TV Squad
- Alison Grodner Productions, Endemol USA (2008-02-23). "Episode 4.21.08". Big Brother: After Dark. Season 2. Episode 55. Showtime 2.
- Alison Grodner Productions, Endemol USA (2010-09-07). "Episode 9.07.10". Big Brother: After Dark. Season 12. Episode 62. Showtime 2.