“Big Brother” begins its 18th season at 8 p.m. Wednesday on CBS with two of the 12 houseguests from the Los Angeles area and a new competition to be unveiled on Sunday.
Paul Abrahamian, a 23-year-old from Tarzana who owns the clothing company Dead Scull Apparel, said that “I’m here to have a good time” and to “cause chaos. I’m here to have fun. Whatever happens, I’ll take it.”
Abrahamian said he needs to be “the cool guy” in the house, “the guy who’s going to kick his feet up, drink a beer with you, let you talk about why your life is weird and just smile and nod.”
Abrahamian described himself as a big fan of the series. “Big Brother,” which premiered in 2000 and airs three times a week, “was always on in the house in the summertime and I would watch it,” Abrahamian said.
Jozea Flores, a 25-year-old makeup artist who lives in Los Angeles, pledged to “pull out all the stops and all the tricks to win.”
Flores said he will be helped by “being true to myself and knowing my strategy to the max.”
“Big Brother” follows a group of people separated from the outside world, living together in a house on the CBS Studio Center lot in Studio City outfitted with 87 high-definition cameras — seven more than last year — and more than 100 microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day.
One houseguest is voted out each week. The last remaining houseguest will receive the $500,000 grand prize.
A second episode of “Big Brother” will air at 9 p.m. Thursday. The series will air at 8 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday, with the weekly eviction show at 9 p.m. Thursday beginning June 30.
In addition to the CBS broadcasts, live feeds from the house will begin on 10 p.m. Thursday on CBS All Access, where the “Big Brother After Show” can be seen exclusively every Friday beginning July 1, with host Jeff Schroeder taking questions directly from fans via social media, interviewing houseguests.
The two-hour, late-night after-show “Big Brother After Dark” will air seven nights a week for 13 consecutive weeks on cable’s Pop network, beginning at 1 a.m. Thursday. It will air at midnight Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 p.m. Tuesday and 1 a.m. Thursday.
The theme of this season’s house is summer vacation. The house features exotically themed bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas, plus a completely redesigned backyard celebrating U.S. national parks with a new pool, hot tub and gym equipment.
The house’s living room resembles an ultra-modern airport terminal with a departures sign listing the exotic destinations featured throughout the house.
The air travel theme continues in the kitchen, with an island built from the cowling of a 727 jet engine, and souvenir-themed plates, glasses and snow globes. There are also rooms inspired by Africa, London and Tokyo and a Caribbean-inspired bathroom.
The head of household suite has a Honolulu theme with a laser-cut hibiscus room divider, Tiki pilasters and a headboard built from a massive saltwater aquarium, with seven tropical fish, one for each of the seven seas.
The house’s chess set is custom built with 3D-printed scale replicas of famous landmarks in Chicago and New York City.
“This season we’re creating the craziest summer vacation ever inside the ‘Big Brother’ house,” said executive producer Rich Meehan. “It’s going to be 99 days of twists and turns, with a few secrets along the way.”
—City News Service