Pinoy Big Brother
|Pinoy Big Brother|
Pinoy Big Brother, more popularly known by its abbreviated title PBB, is the Philippine version of Big Brother. The word Pinoy in the title is a colloquial term used to describe the Filipino people. The show first aired on August 21, 2005 on ABS-CBN, Studio 23, and its international channel, TFC in various countries worldwide. The uncut 24/7 version of the series can also be seen in the internet through paid-online streaming video subscription via TFCNow, and through cable network SkyCable. The show is currently hosted by Toni Gonzaga, Bianca Gonzalez, Robi Domingo, and John Prats.
Other essential elements of the Big Brother franchise are present, such as weekly and daily challenges, the confessional room, and the voice known only as "Big Brother," sometimes referred to as "Kuya" (Tagalog for an elder male sibling). Pinoy Big Brother uses their tagline "Teleserye ng Totoong Buhay" or the "Drama of Real Life".
- 1 Overview
- 2 Presenters
- 3 Season summary
- 4 Seasons
- 5 Other shows
- 6 Reception
- 7 References
- 8 External links
It follows the same premise as its many foreign counterparts around the world wherein a number of Filipinos volunteered to live inside a house for a certain number of days.
The elimination process in the show is the reverse of the original Dutch format. At the start of the elimination process, the "housemates" (as the contestants are referred to) vote for which two (sometimes more if there are ties or if Big Brother hands out an automatic nomination) fellow housemates they should eliminate. Once these nominations are chosen, the viewer votes come into play. For a week viewers are asked to vote, via SMS or voice messaging through PLDT's hotline (later abolished in favor of vote cards), for whoever they wanted to stay longer in the house. The housemate with the least viewer votes is eliminated. In the final week, the one with the most viewer votes will win the grand prize package, usually includes house and lot, a car, a business franchise, home appliances, and a holiday, and is given the title the Big Winner.
The show has aired had also two special versions. One of which is the Celebrity version of the show, which housed commercial models, actors and actresses, radio and TV show hosts, musicians, sports and fashion personalities, and even politicians in a certain number of days (the duration of this particular version of the show is lesser compared to the regular seasons). Celebrity housemates, like many counterparts abroad, play for charity, aside from themselves. Prizes given away from edition to edition can vary, but basically, the cash prize an edition's winner can receive is the same as the prize for that winner's chosen charity organization, i.e. the winner and his/her charity each win the same amount.
The other one is the Teen version. The adolescents chosen for this particular version are aged 14 to 18 years old. are from different cities in the Philippines, sometimes even from certain overseas countries with sizable Filipino communities. Other factors are disregarded; in-school and out-of-school youths, natural-born Filipinos and adolescents with a mixture of Filipino and foreign blood, those with intact and broken families, and even teenage single parents may be eligible as long one passes the age requirement and has a background worth exploring during the edition's run. This edition is usually done in the Philippine "summer" months of late March to early June. During this time, temperatures in the country are at their highest and most students are out of school; a regular school year in the Philippines runs from June of one year to March of the next.
The Big Brother house is actually located in front of the ABS-CBN studios in Quezon City.
A car was used to transfer the evicted housemate from the Big Brother house to the main building of ABS-CBN. Due to the number of people gathered outside to watch the eviction, it would be rather unsafe for the housemate to walk to the nearby building. Of course, the car can't go inside the building.
The Big Brother House is a multi-room studio designed with walls painted with pastel colors complete with sets of cameras and microphones. The House is specially designed to capture the housemates' every move. Camera cross surrounds the house, it allows cameramen inside the house record the housemates' every move without being seen by the housemates. This hallway is equipped with a camera dolly for the camera's movement. The house is surrounded by two-way mirrors to allow the camera to see what's happening inside the house. The cameras cannot be seen through the mirror because the camera cross is painted black, it has to be as dark as possible so the cameras cannot be seen, though sometimes reflections of the camera or the cameramen are seen in some episodes. It also has a garden and swimming pool. To capture the housemates' every move and speech, the house is equipped with cameras (in the camera cross or cameras on "hot heads") and microphones (lapel microphones used by the housemates, and boom microphones surrounding the garden area). For the housemates security and the essence of being locked away from the outside world, the garden area is totally covered with a camouflage-type of fabric. It also boasted of a multi-faith altar in one wall of the house (one which has a Bible, a Koran, and twelve rosaries), making the house the only Big Brother house that has a room set aside for religious purposes (although it is said that the Arab Big Brother house had prayer rooms). And although any form of communication from the outside world is banned inside the house, there is a large flat-screen television set in the living room, used for only 2 purposes:
- To show any video Big Brother wanted to show to any or all housemates, especially that of the TV Mass every Sunday (contrary to reports early in the first season that a priest would visit them; later on, a priest unseen by viewers would visit them), and
- To announce the names of nominees for eviction directly to the housemates and the person evicted from the house. (The housemates saw either host Willie Revillame (prior to the Celebrity Edition), Mariel Rodriguez or Toni Gonzaga, or (prior to the Teen Edition) Bianca Gonzalez talk to them during nomination and eviction nights.)
To complete the set up, 26 surveillance cameras are positioned all over the house to watch the housemates' every move, including the bathroom. For modesty's sake, however, images from the bathroom will be shown if the bathroom is used for any purpose other than bathing (such as gossiping).
The set up of the house, especially when shown in television, makes the illusion that it is a one-storey house. But anyone who passes by the house can easily notice that its facade is that of a two-storey house. That is because the second storey houses parts of the control room. The actual front doors to the house area are actually further inside.
The house interior was rebuilt for the second season. These changes include the following:
- The number of cameras have been increased to 42.
- There was a secret room built behind the confession room and a large activity area leading from the garden.
- The house has a prayer room rather than just an altar.
- The flat screen monitor found in the living area is now used to call any housemate.
- The front door now leads to the Eviction Hall next door.
- Instead of watching a TV mass, the housemates have a spiritual session with Coney Reyes, the show's spiritual adviser. This has been done since the first Celebrity Edition.
For the third season, more commonly referred to as Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up, the Big Brother house was divided into two different, yet equally furnished "houses," which the show claims as a "first in worldwide Big Brother history," as other Big Brother franchises had opted for "half-houses," one more superior than the other.
The changes that were made for the third season are the following
- The house was completely rebuilt from the ground up, new set up, and larger space.
- The guardians' area from the second teen edition was renovated to accommodate the season's twist.
- The housemates that are evicted every week exit out of the house through the confession room.
- Eviction takes place right outside of the Big Brother House (the Eviction Hall was used as the show's activity area, due to having the old activity area used as a living area).
For the fourth season, the facade of the Big Brother house was fully renovated, and the gates were removed. The outside of the Big Brother house still served as the venue for evictions just like the previous regular season. The Big Brother house was still divided into two different themed houses yet both equally furnished. Both houses have separate confession rooms. The garden was removed, and the pool was retained and was considered a separate area and was called the Resort. The area was used for some time for Big Brother's rewards and tasks to the housemates, and was a venue for some House Battles. The activity area was retained, and was renovated several times in order to accommodate the season's twists. Initially, it was used as a temporary shelter for the initial group of housemates, and was themed after a typical urban slum house.
To prepare the viewers for the program's run, two primers were aired. The first was Eto na si Kuya! (Here Comes Big Brother), which talked about the essentials of the franchise and its success around the world. In the second primer, entitled Ang Bahay ni Kuya (Big Brother's House), Mariel and Toni indirectly gave the viewers a tour of the Big Brother house and its rooms, along with the control center and the confession booth. It also featured highlights a dry run where 12 of the network's talents stayed in the house for 24 hours and experienced the challenges and tests the housemates would experience at the start of the actual run.
The show also had its theme song called "Pinoy Ako" (English: I'm a Filipino) by Orange and Lemons. This song is also the basis for much of the background music used in the show. Other theme songs for the show was Sikat ang Pinoy by season 1 contestant Sam Milby and Toni Gonzaga which was used for its Celebrity seasons. A different theme song was also used for its Teen seasons; Kabataang Pinoy of the Itchyworms.
|Timeline of stay as one of the
main host of Pinoy Big Brother
Note that Beatriz Saw was only a host for the Pinoy Big Brother Update in second celebrity season and not of the show itself. Jason Gainza was only a street-side reporter in the second celebrity season. Studio 23 hosts are also not considered as hosts of the main show.
Originally, television personality and comedian Willie Revillame was the main eviction host of the show, along with young up-and-coming personalities Mariel Rodriguez and Toni Gonzaga. Gonzaga hosted the primetime telecast which chronicles the events of the day before (unless an episode is telecast live). Rodriguez, on the other hand, hosted the late night edition called Pinoy Big Brother: Uplate, which updates anything viewers missed in the primetime telecast, as well as what to look forward in the next one. Revillame hosted the live telecast of the eviction and the public revelation of the nomination for evictees, but only for the first season. He has not returned to the program even before the first Celebrity edition started because of the ULTRA stampede. Luis Manzano took over Willie's place for the Celebrity Edition and later returned in Teen Edition Plus in 2008.
On its Teen edition's first season, Bianca Gonzalez (a TV host and a former housemate of the first celebrity season) took over Mariel Rodriguez for Teen Edition: Update, and PBB: Uplate, a successful spin-off program that Mariel Rodriguez has hosted in its early editions — while Mariel became primetime host. Former teen housemate Robi Domingo was also added as a co-presenter in Pinoy Big Brother: Unlimited onwards. Later, John Prats, also a former celebrity housemate, joined Gonzaga, Rodriguez, and Domingo as hosts for Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition 4. In the fifth regular season of the franchise, All In, Slater Young was introduced as one of the hosts. However in the eleventh season's press conference, Young was out in the show and was replaced by Alex Gonzaga.
Asia Agcaoili spearheaded the show for the viewers of Studio 23. Her show, called Pinoy Big Brother on Studio 23: Si Kuya, KaBarkada Mo (English: Filipino Big Brother on Studio 23: Your Brother, Your Buddy), not only featured snippets from the primetime telecast the night before, but also featured opinion polls both from the man on the street and those sending SMS, spoof segments, unaired videos, and feed from inside the house (either live feed or footage taped earlier). Studio 23 has stopped the practice since the second Celebrity Edition and instead resorted to airing the delayed late morning/early afternoon feeds.
Talk show host Boy Abunda hosted the postseason documentaries. It featured issues and controversies about the housemates.
|1||Pinoy Big Brother 1||Aug. 21, 2005||Dec. 10, 2005||13||112||Nene Tamayo||Jason Gainza||First regular season. Only season that featured Willie Revillame as host of the show. First season to feature the 100-second session.|
|2||Celebrity Edition 1||Feb. 05, 2006||Apr. 01, 2006||14||56||Keanna Reeves||John Prats||First season to feature celebrities as housemates. Introduced prizes for the housemates chosen charities.|
|3||Teen Edition 1||Apr. 23, 2006||Jun. 03, 2006||12||42||Kim Chiu||Mikee Lee||First season to have teens, aged 15 to 18, as housemates. The only season that Toni Gonzaga did not host. First season to have a finale task outside the house.|
|4||Pinoy Big Brother 2||Feb. 25, 2007||Jun. 30, 2007||16||126||Beatriz Saw||Mickey Perz||First season to have Big Brother Swap; Introduced the Secret housemates twist and Immunity Challenges.|
|5||Celebrity Edition 2||Oct. 14, 2007||Jan. 05, 2008||16||84||Ruben Gonzaga||Riza Santos||The longest and the last celebrity season. This season also introduced a task that span the entire season, and the two-in-one housemates and the Head of Household twists.|
|6||Teen Edition Plus||Mar. 23, 2008||Jun. 07, 2008||14||77||Ejay Falcon||Robi Domingo||First season to add a subtitle to the name of the show. The season also featured the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry, and introduced the Guardians and the House Player twists.|
|7||Double Up||Oct. 04, 2009||Feb. 13, 2010||26||133||Melisa Cantiveros||Paul Jake Castillo||Introduced two separate twin housemates that secretly act as one person. First season to adapt two separate houses for two separate group of housemates. Introduced the Vote to Save and Evict voting system. First season to have five housemates in the finale instead of the usual four.|
|8||Teen Clash 2010||Apr. 10, 2010||Jun. 26, 2010||27||78||James Reid||Ryan Bang||First season to introduce non-Filipino teens as housemates. Also the first season to have a non-Filipino citizen winner. First season to have six housemates in the finale instead of the usual four.|
|9||Unlimited||Oct. 29, 2011||Mar. 31, 2012||37||155||Slater Young||Pamu Pamorada||First season to feature three separate houses. Introduced the reserved housemates twist (wherein each shortlisted auditionees were given a chance to become an official housemate), and challenges that needs to be done outside the house. The only season to have two separate programs ("Unliday" and "Unlinight") for two separate groups of housemates. The only season with the most number of housemates.|
|10||Teen Edition 4||Apr. 08, 2012||Jul. 07, 2012||15||91||Myrtle Sarrosa||Karen Reyes||The longest teen season in the entire history of the franchise. First season to have two-in-housemates in the finale.|
|11||All In||Apr. 27, 2014||Jul. 2014||TBA||100||TBA||TBA||The first in the show and in the entire Big Brother franchise to have a mix of teen and adult housemates. Also, the first season to have Alex Gonzaga as host.|
The network held auditions in various locations all over the country, which attracted more than twenty-five thousand applicants. The show premiered on August 21, 2005. Twelve housemates initially entered the house, however on Day 28, Sam Milby joined the group after Jenny Suico volunteered to leave the house for personal reasons. The entire first season lasted 111 days. On December 10, 2005, Nene Tamayo was proclaimed as the winner of the first regular season at the Clark Expo, Angeles City, Pampanga after garnering 554,906 (or 48.9 percent) of the total text votes taking home a million of pesos, a house and lot, a new Nissan Frontier, a new Yamaha motorcycle, an entertainment component system, and a livelihood showcase. Other housemates who made it to the finals were Jayson Gainza, Cass Ponti, and Uma Khouny.
ABS-CBN held auditions stretching from May to June 2006 in various cities in the Philippines, as well as overseas auditions in Sydney, Milan, Tokyo, Dubai, and San Francisco, for the show's second season, which began on February 25, 2007 (it was originally scheduled for March), and ended on June 30 of the same year. These same auditions were also held for another reality show, Pinoy Dream Academy, another Endemol franchise. This season of Pinoy Big Brother promised a bigger house, more housemates (fourteen to be exact), and a stricter Big Brother. The "bigger house" concept stems from the fact that the house area was expanded and used in Pinoy Dream Academy. The house had been expanded with larger living and dining areas, larger bedrooms, separate restrooms, and others. The number of cameras had been increased from 27 to 42 and the front doors of the house were now at the garden, leading to the eviction hall built next door which was the auditorium previously used in the first season of Pinoy Dream Academy. Previously the original front doors of the house area lead to the facade of the house. Pinoy Ako had also been rehashed, this time sung by the band CeBaLo (Yvan Lambatan, Panky Trinidad, Eman Abatayo, and Davey Langit of Pinoy Dream Academy).
On June 30, 2007, 125 days after the season premiere, at the Araneta Coliseum, Beatriz Saw was declared the Big Winner of the second season, besting 15 other housemates. She garnered about 1.5 million votes, or 30.29% of the total number of votes. This alone surpasses Kim Chiu's record for the most number of votes earned by a Big Winner. Saw received a million of pesos, and other prizes which includes a house and lot, a kitchen showcase, a brand new car, a business franchise, and package tours.
There were two sets of auditions that were held for the third season: first was being held in key cities in the Philippines as well as in Dubai, Milan, and Madrid. The second set was held in the Philippines, Tokyo, Japan, and San Francisco, US. There were a total of 57,824 people who auditioned. In fact, because of the multitude of people who tried to audition in Manila, a second set of audition dates were set, but only for those who registered through SMS.
Of all of the people who auditioned, fifty were included in a shortlist as potential housemates. Fourteen initially entered the House in the third regular season, dubbed Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up, which began on October 4, 2009. The "Double Up" moniker stems from the House being split into two near identical House areas, as well as the use of two sets of male identical twins, each twin of each set would live in each House area. A further twelve housemates followed into the House.
On February 13, 2010 at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, 132 days after the season started, Melisa Cantiveros was declared the Big Winner, amassing 1.23 million votes or 32.08% out of 3.8 million votes cast in a two-week final vote. She won the cash prize of a million pesos, a house and lot worth more than two million pesos, a 40-inch LCD TV screen, and a business franchise. She also won Asian tour package along with a companion in any three key Asian destinations. Her chosen charity, Substitute Home for Girls, also received a million pesos in cash.
A fourth edition was announced on February 26, 2011, with auditions taking place on March 4 at the SM Mall of Asia and auditions on key cities in the Philippines held between March and June of the same year, as well as two overseas auditions in Tokyo and Los Angeles. A total of 30,789 auditionees took part. It would be first edition not to feature Mariel Rodriguez, who transferred to rival station TV5 in October 2011. The fourth edition, which was given the name Pinoy Big Brother: Unlimited, began airing on October 29, 2011.
Initially, the house interior resembles a typical shanty town in Philippines, with the housemates living in meager conditions. However, it is revealed later that Unlimited would follow the two-House concept of Double Up, with the second "House" following the traditional House layout of previous seasons. Because of this and each "House" having two different sets of housemates, the main weekday show has been split into two main programs, one continuing to air in primetime to show events in the "slum" half, the other, an afternoon show, looking into goings-on in the "traditional" half. A more elegant "mansion" House, as well as other areas were eventually introduced.
On March 31, 2012, 154 days after the season started, at the Quirino Grandstand, Slater Young was declared the Big Winner, amassing 40.02% of votes cast in a two-day final vote. He thus earned the distinction of being the first male winner of a regular season four years after Ruben Gonzaga was declared as the first male winner of the entire franchise. Young took the cash prize of two million pesos plus other special prizes.
In September 2013, Lauren Dyogi announced that there will be a fifth season. Auditions were held on October 26, 2013 in Davao, and on November 24, 2013 at the Pacific Mall in Mandaue, Cebu. On November 30, 2013, it was announced that, for the first time in the franchise, there will be online auditions through one minute video submissions. Online auditions ran from December 1, 2013 until January 15, 2014. An audition for Luzon was held on January 18 at the Pinoy Big Brother Hall in Quezon City.
Auditions for teens were announced alongside with regular season. Auditions took place on October 26, 2013 in Davao City, on November 24, 2013 at the Pacific Mall in Mandaue, Cebu, and on Febraruy 1, 2014 at the Pinoy Big Brother Hall in Quezon City. On November 30, 2013, together with fifth regular season, online auditions became available through video submissions.
In April 2014, it was announced that this season will be first season to have teen and adult housemates. This season is announced to premiere in April 2014.
A 56-day celebrity version was started on February 5, 2006, known as Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition. The celebrity version is not confined only to showbiz idols. Celebrities who auditioned include athletes, stand-up comedians, ramp and commercial models, musicians, and TV personalities. Of these, fourteen were chosen for the edition's first run.
On April 1, 2006 at the facade of Central Post Office Building in Manila, starlet Keanna Reeves was declared the winner of Celebrity Edition, garnering the highest number of votes among the "Big 4" finalists, with 571,607 votes or 44.2% of total votes cast. Reeves surpassed Tamayo's vote total during the first season. Reeves won a million peso, and brand new condominium unit.
The second Celebrity edition began on October 14, 2007 and had an 84-day run. The show was supposed to run for only 70, but the extension was announced through a seemingly fake news report and was later implied to be confirmed by Big Brother.
There were a total of 15 individual celebrities but two pairs, namely Marylaine Viernes and Jen da Silva and Baron and Donnie Geisler, were part of the 2-in-1 housemates twist and each pair was counted as one. This brought the official total of celebrity housemates to 13. An additional housemate, Gladys Guevarra, entered the house midway of the season due to unprecedented circumstances, bringing the total to 16 individual housemates.
On January 5, 2008 at the Araneta Coliseum, comedian Ruben Gonzaga was declared the winner of the second Celebrity Edition, earning the highest among the four finalists, with 506,402 votes or 32.17% of the 1.6 million votes cast. Gonzaga won a Sony Bravia, a business franchise worth P2,000,000, a condominium unit, and P2,000,000 cash from Jack and Jill snacks and ABS-CBN. Gonzaga also became the franchise's first ever male winner in its history.
A teen version of Pinoy Big Brother, Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition, was shown in the Philippine "summer months" of April and May, when children and teenagers take their vacation from school. This edition premiered on April 23, 2006, roughly three weeks after the end of the first Celebrity Edition and ran for six weeks. It featured teenagers aged from 16 to 18 years old as housemates.
Auditions in Cebu City, Davao City, and Metro Manila were held and according to ABS-CBN, 30,000 teens answered the audition call. Of these, twelve are selected; eight come from the Manila auditions while the remaining four represent the Visayas-Mindanao area.
On June 3, 2006 at the Aliw Theater, Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex in Pasay City, Kim Chiu of Cebu, was declared the winner of the first Teen Edition, besting 13 other housemates, and took home a grand prize of a million pesos, a condominium unit, a scholarship from AMA University, a paradise vacation tour, a business franchise, appliances, and other prizes. Chiu garnered 626,562 votes, or 41.4% of the total votes.
A second Teen Edition, called Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition Plus, has been announced. According to ABS-CBN, 15,000 teenagers auditioned; thirty were selected for the final casting call, from which fourteen were chosen to be official housemates. It had its premiere on March 23, 2008 and ran for eleven weeks.
Teen Clash 2010
The third Teen Edition, called Teen Clash 2010, began on April 10, 2010. Auditions for this season were held simultaneously with Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up during the months of March to May 2009. As these auditions were held a year in advance, the age limit was lowered to 14-17, since they would be within the correct age limit of 15-18 once the edition starts. A second set of auditions were announced, this time with an advanced registration through SMS and the age limit for auditioning was 15-18.
A total of around 50,000 teenagers attended the auditions, from which 16 were chosen. Like Double Up, there were two houses, each inhabited by eight housemates. Fifteen entered the Houses on April 10 with the last one to follow the next night. An additional eleven housemates (one Filipino, one half-Filipino, and nine foreigners without any Filipino lineage) entered the house for a Philippines vs. World clash. The nine foreigners, along with the half-Filipino, were dubbed as Teenternationals and were the first ever full-blooded ones (as opposed to participants who are part-Filipino) to compete in any reality show in the Philippines.
On June 26, 2010 at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City, James Reid was announced as the winner, earning 179,294 votes or 19.75% of the total vote. Only 1.05% or a little less than 10,000 votes separated him from second placer Ryan Bang. Reid took home a million pesos cash, a condo unit worth 3 million pesos, business franchise worth one and a half million pesos, an Asian trip for two, and a 46-inch LCD television.
The fourth Teen Edition began on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012. Auditions for this season were held in the months of February and March 2012 during the run simultaneously with Pinoy Big Brother: Unlimited, starting with auditions at the SM Mall of Asia and other key cities in the Philippines, as well as overseas auditions in London, England. female twins, entered on opening night while the second batch of housemates, an all-female line-up entered on Day 2 during the late-afternoon Über show.
On July 7, 2012 at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center in the province of Bulacan, Myrtle Sarrosa of Iloilo City was declared the winner, earning 33.92% of total net votes. On this particular season on its Big Night, the Vote-to-Save and Vote-to-evict was implemented. Also a first on Pinoy Big Brother history, a set of twins made it in the Big Night having Jai & Joj Agpangan of Bacolod City placing fourth.
The season ran for 91 days and is the longest teen edition by far. This season also has no record of voluntary exits or forced evictions.
The reality television show had, in total, three companion shows to date. The first one was Pinoy Big Brother Uplate, a late night program of the reality show, and has been one of the most successful companion shows in the entire history of the franchise. It was primarily hosted by Mariel Rodriguez, while Bianca Gonzalez took over the program once the first Teen Edition started, as the former became primetime host. This aired late at night to early morning, Monday to Friday, after the News & Public Affairs programs; and shows some updates, live feeds, and interviews. During the second regular season, the show was replaced by a late afternoon show called Pinoy Big Brother Über. The show would make its return in Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up under the name Pinoy Big Brother: Double UpLate with Bianca Gonzalez as host. After Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up, the show was not revived and was eventually replaced by Über.
The Pinoy Big Brother Über was also hosted by Mariel Rodriguez; and often Bianca Gonzalez, this is also the show's interactive portion wherein viewers can participate. The show was originally created as a replacement for UpLate as the show's main offshoot; the two programs would later become the show's co-main offshoots in third regular season. Über did not return for the Pinoy Big Brother: Unlimited season because of Mariel's departure from the show, and the new "UnliDay" edition of the show airing counterpart with its normal "UnliNight" edition. Über returned for the fourth teen season as Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition 4 Über 2012 onward with Bianca Gonzalez, Robi Domingo and John Prats. Also in the same Teen season, the show aired on Saturdays, known as SabadUber.
In every season of the local franchise, a short segment update show are aired every day from Mondays to Fridays. The show is called Pinoy Big Brother Update. The show provided daily happenings in the Big Brother house, and introduces what will be shown in the primetime telecast. Mariel Rodriguez used to be the main Update host for the first season up to the first teen season. With the exception of second celebrity season to which Beatriz Saw was seen as the Update host, Bianca Gonzalez has been the Update host, replacing Mariel Rodriguez. Robi Domingo served as a guest host for one week during Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash 2010 as Bianca Gonzalez was then unavailable.
Due to the show's popularity, a game show segment was launched by the network and was called Pinoy Big Brother: Yes or No. It was one which uses the board game format and uses questions related to the show as well as ABS-CBN's other primetime soap operas. The show was hosted by Mariel Rodriguez and it promised to give a daily studio contestant up to twenty five thousand pesos. After a week as a segment of the show, it became a separate early afternoon game show on October 24, 2005. This show was terminated after the first season ended.
Another popular game show segment was launched during the first season of Pinoy Big Brother and was called What's the Word? Thats the Word!. It was a raffle show hosted by Mariel Rodriguez and aired during commercial breaks at primetime telecast. At first, it started as a trivia game show for Pinoy Big Brother, and then later, it was extended as a trivia game show for the whole Primetime block. The show continued even after Pinoy Big Brother's first year run ended. It later returned as the promotion What's the Word? Guess the Word! This time, however, the promotion is by Smart Communications and it is separate from Pinoy Big Brother.
The popularity of the show and its former housemates spawned another show called Pinoy Big Brother Buzz, hosted by actress Anne Curtis, gossip reporter AJ Dee, and comedienne Pokwang. Like its parent show The Buzz, the show tackles events and goings-on inside the house, controversy surrounding the show, and the latest gossip about the housemates who were already evicted. The show was cancelled during the run of the Celebrity Edition.
In the upcoming fifth regular season, the franchise will introduce two online companion shows.
After the first regular season, a spin-off drama adventure series featuring the former housemates was aired for two weeks after Christmas and was called The Final Task. Another spin-off was the romantic reality show, called Melason in Love, was aired after the end of Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up. It was the first reality spin-off show of the franchise. The show focused to Melisa Cantiveros and Jason Francisco's love story which initially developed during the middle of the season. It features behind the scenes footage after the PBB Big Night, few of guesting programs in all ABS-CBN shows, and the struggles of the couple after the end of the season.
On June 4, 2006, a night after the finale of the Teen Edition, a live musical special called Pinoy Big Brother: the Big Reunion was held at the Aliw Theater in the CCP Grounds, Manila, with all the housemates for the first season, the Celebrity Edition, and the Teen Edition gathered in one spot. The show showcased and celebrated the success of the show, especially its greatest moments and accomplishments. This was done to cap off the show's first year on the air.
Two succeeding Big Reunions were held. The first was on June 9, 2008, wherein the housemates of the second Teen Edition, special housemates, and their Guardians took part. The second was on February 14, 2010, this time involving the Double Up housemates. Unlike the first Big Reunion, the gatherings only involved the housemates of each of the two seasons mentioned.
On June 27, 2010, another reunion special called High Five: The Big Five Years of Pinoy Big Brother gathered the Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash 2010 Big Six together with several notable housemates from editions past, many from the final group of their season, celebrate the memorable moments from the less than five years of the franchise.
Controversies and criticisms
Like other franchises around the world, the concept and implementation of Pinoy Big Brother has been a subject of controversy and criticism from the Filipino public and the news media. Investigations of some incidents were held by numerous organizations, including Endemol, the franchiser of Big Brother, and TV watchdog MTRCB since its launch in 2005.
Awards and recognitions
|2012||PMPC Star Awards for TV||Toni Gonzaga (for Pinoy Big Brother: Unlimited)||Best Reality/Game Show Host||Nominated|||
|Bianca Gonzalez (for Pinoy Big Brother: Unlimited)||Nominated|
|Robi Domingo (for Pinoy Big Brother: Unlimited)||Nominated|
|2010||PMPC Star Awards for TV||Toni Gonzaga (for Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up)||Best Reality Program Host||Won|||
|Mariel Rodriguez (for Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up)||Nominated|||
|Bianca Gonzalez (for Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up)||Nominated|||
|2008||USTv Students' Choice Awards||Pinoy Big Brother: Season 2||Student’s Choice of Reality Show||Won|||
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