Big Brother Canada
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Big Brother is a Canadian reality television show in which a group of contestants, known as "HouseGuests", are sequestered in the Big Brother House, under the surveillance of cameras and microphones, for the chance to win a grand prize of $100,000 by being the last remaining HouseGuest. Each week, the HouseGuests vote to evict one of their own until two HouseGuests remain on finale night. The winner is decided by the last seven evicted HouseGuests, known as the Big Brother Jury.
The program is based on the original Dutch television series, Big Brother, created in 1997 by John de Mol. The Canadian series is produced by Endemol USA and Insight Productions. Insight Productions has previously produced local Canadian versions of the popular reality television series, Canadian Idol and Canada's Got Talent.
The Big Brother format has been available in Canada since July 5, 2000, when Global Television Network purchased the rights to transmit the U.S. version in Canada. A French Canadian adaptation of the Big Brother franchise, Loft Story, was produced and broadcast for six seasons in Quebec from 2003 to 2009. In 2010, Loft Story was replaced by Big Brother 2010, which was the first international edition of the Big Brother franchise to follow a format similar to that of the U.S. edition, though some changes were implemented. Big Brother 2010 aired for one season. Every season of the U.S. version has been simulcast in Canada by either Global or former sister network, CH, while airing in the United States on CBS. Though viewers in Canada could vote in polls for the game, and subscribe to the live internet feeds, Canadian citizens could not apply to be on the series unless they were also a U.S. Citizen or National. Shaw Media, parent company of Global, announced on May 30, 2012, that the first English version of Big Brother would air in the 2012-13 television broadcast season in Canada on its digital cable channel, Slice. Slice later announced that viewers would have online access to the entire season of live feeds for free, opting out of a subscription-based service like the one offered for the U.S. series. Initially, the series was scheduled to premiere on February 18, 2013; however, it premiered on February 27, 2013. In total, the first season features fifteen HouseGuests competing to win the grand prize.
It has been confirmed that the Big Brother spin-off series, Big Brother: After Dark, will air alongside Big Brother 1 on Slice. The series provides an uncensored live feed from the house, airing for three hours every night.
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The format for Big Brother in Canada remains largely unchanged from the U.S. edition, making them the only two versions of the series thus far to follow this format. HouseGuests are sequestered in the Big Brother House without contact with the outside world. Each week, the HouseGuests take part in several compulsory challenges that determine who will win food, luxuries, and opportunities to become the Head of Household (HoH) or win the Power of Veto (PoV). The winner of the weekly HoH competition is immune from nominations and nominates two fellow HouseGuests for eviction. The two HouseGuests nominated for eviction are also referred to as being "on the block" for eviction. After a HouseGuest becomes HoH, he or she is ineligible to take part in the next HoH competition. The winner of the PoV competition wins the right to save one of the nominated HouseGuests from eviction and take them off the block. If the PoV winner exercises the power, the HoH then nominates another HouseGuest to go up on the block for eviction. HouseGuests also take part in the Have vs. Have-Not competitions. Depending on their performance during the competitions, HouseGuests are divided into either the "Haves" or the "Have Nots." The Have Nots are restricted to eating "Big Brother Slop" and a couple of food items selected by the viewing public. They are also allowed to eat condiments and protein shakes. Have Nots are only allowed to take cold showers, and typically sleep on uncomfortable beds in a room with poor aesthetics.
On Eviction Night, all HouseGuests, except for the HoH and the two nominees on the block, vote to evict one of the two nominees. This compulsory vote takes place in the Diary Room, where voting HouseGuests are asked by the show's host, Arisa Cox, whom they want to evict. In the event of a tie, the HoH casts the deciding vote, announcing it in front of the other HouseGuests. Unlike other versions of Big Brother, the HouseGuests may discuss the nomination and eviction process openly and freely. The nominee with the greatest number of votes is evicted from the House during the live broadcast, which usually occurs on Thursday nights, exiting to an adjacent studio to be interviewed by Cox. HouseGuests may voluntarily leave the House at any time, and those who break the rules may be expelled from the House by Big Brother. The final seven HouseGuests evicted during the season, which comprise the Big Brother Jury, vote for the winner at the season finale. These jury members are sequestered in a separate house at another location and are not allowed to watch the show, except for competitions and ceremonies that include all of the remaining HouseGuests. The jury members are not shown any Diary Room interviews or footage that may include strategy or details regarding nominations.
Some changes from the U.S. version have been implemented. For example, "Big Brother" is a live person that gives contestants directions openly during the broadcast as opposed to pre-recorded messages that are often edited out of the main show of the U.S. series (although, the pre-recorded messages, and direction from the production team, can often be heard during the U.S. version of Big Brother: After Dark.) The PoV necklace is a letter "V" with a lightning bolt inside as opposed to a circle with a line through it. Nominations are held in the living room with HouseGuests seated on the sofas as opposed to the HouseGuests seated at the dining room table. The nominations board is a moveable board that has a headshot of each HouseGuest with room for their keycards, which serves the same purpose as the Memory Wall with slots for HouseGuest "keys." There is also a unique twist called the "Power Shift" where once in a while the viewers are allowed to vote online on a twist to the game. An example used during week 3 of season 1 was "Which nomination should be vetoed and saved from the eviction vote?".
The house began construction in mid-September 2012 in Mississauga, Ontario, and is mostly indoors. However, the "backyard" is outfitted with special lights that simulate a day and night cycle for the houseguests. The only part of the house that is outside is a small deck with a hot tub and fireplace.
During the final vote Topaz Brady voted for Jillian McLaughlin instead of Gary Levy. Upon claiming that she mistakenly voted for Jillian, Topaz pleaded with show producers to allow her vote be changed — to no avail. Counting Topaz's vote, Jillian won Big Brother with Gary as runner up. Gary voiced his support of the decision, saying "I’m happy for Jillian. She won fair and square if you think about the rules of the game."
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