MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Summer’s guilty TV pleasure returns to CBS primetime Thursday night as “Big Brother” begins its 14th season.
Viewers can expect 12 new players to participate in the game, as well as four returning audience favorites who will join them as mentors.
While the decorations may be new, one thing does remain the same, cameras are everywhere.
Big Brother follows a group of strangers living together in a house outfitted with dozens of cameras and microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day, seven days a week. One by one, the House Guests vote each other out of the house until at the end of three months, the last remaining House Guest will win the grand prize of $500,000.
Host Julie Chen is ecstatic about the new season.
“I’m excited about this season’s twists,” she told CBS4’s Rhiannon Ally. “Expect the unexpected.”
So who are the four “mentors?” CBS has not revealed their identities but in true “Big Brother” fashion, there’s yet another twist.
“The four former legends have their own game, own agenda, own prize, but that’s all I can say about that twist,” explained Julie Chen.
Chen and her co-hosts on the hit CBS daytime show “The Talk” recently spent an afternoon in the Big Brother house as contestants and played an abbreviated version of the game.
“I didn’t know what I was doing. It was embarrassing to be honest,” laughed Chen. She said Sara Gilbert was the best house guest. “The person that was the best was Sara Gilbert. She’s super competitive and an uber-fan of the show.”
Back to the real contestants, two of them are from Florida.
Kara Monaco is a 29-year-old model from Orlando but is currently living in Los Angeles and Frank Eudy, 28, is currently unemployed and living in Naples. He is the son of wrestling legend Sid Eudy, aka Sid Vicious.
Big Brother airs Thursday night at 9:00 p.m. on CBS4.