Channel 5 have tendered for new commissions in case it is cancelled, as that’s a lot of TV to fill otherwise (2 hours a day). The late start was confirmed earlier in the year, as you had to be 18 by July I think (meaning 17 year olds could apply).
I do think C5 will re-commission it, but there’s a few ways to cut the budget down easily enough - I’d get rid of BOTS for a start. Interestingly I think Love Island being called out for its lack of diversity this year gives BB a chance to embrace that.
The celebrity one earlier this year was very refreshing and the obvious troublemaker was removed at the start. The problem is whether they can find civilians that have enough life experience to have meaningful conversations and interactions without it descending into chaos.
I think a strength of the celebrity one was its wide age gap too - the show needs to become ‘the anti Love Island’ in a way and really focus on personal relationships (like the celebrity one had a few grandmother/granddaughter and mother/daughter relationships).
Either way, this could be the final civilian series and I’d hate it to be killed off in favour of intermittent celebrity editions, or be turned into an annual monthly civilian version etc.
The one thing I think they should do this year is finally scrap the ban on nomination discussions - if they want a show with drama, plotting and organic arguments, that’s the way to go.
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