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On Wednesday's episode of The Talk, Julie Chen introduced several new twists for the upcoming season of Big Brother, and one of them will allow fans to play "a key role" in the game's outcome.

In Season 16, two houseguests will be named Head of Household each week, meaning they will be responsible for nominating two other houseguests to get evicted this week. And for the first time in the show's history, the Heads of Household will not be automatically safe.

Other new twists include "Team America," an interactive element that will allow fans to "significantly influence the game from home," as well as "Battle of the Block," a new "high-stakes" competition that will result in dramatic power shifts in the house each week.

Finally, the contestants will live in an urban tree house-themed house.

Big Brother returns with a two-night premiere on Wednesday, June 25 at 8pm and Thursday, June 26 at 9pm on CBS. 


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I very much prefer the US version of Big brother because it is about strategy play/alliances/backstabbing among housemates like Survivor in comfortable settings. Big brother Canada follows the same format and I loved it too.

Big Brother UK and Australia is more of a popularity acting contest to get viewers to vote them to stay. It is just not that interesting.

The trend now seems to be towards more audience interactions. Though BB Canada did it well, I am just not sure about introducing this element to the US version.

Can we not just have good old pure version of people backstabbing each other?

Can we also get a playboy playmate like the UK version showing now?
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Julie, showing them legs... very nice.

As for the game: I'm always very worried when they allow the viewers to have direct influences in the house - it's always guarantees disastrous results that ends up pissing off everybody, houseguests AND viewers.

I heard it worked well with BB Canada, but history is telling us it will still be a mess in America...
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This whole "Team America Thing" can go either ways. I just remember, when on BB Germany the audience was able to infulence the game from home it did not end well and they stopped it 4 weeks later :D
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I'd love to influence this show from home. Anyone go a spare anti-shit missile they're not using?
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If it's anything like Big Brother Canada 2 this past season, should be entertaining. With Canada's vote as HOH, it eliminated the very stupid and annoying First Five alliance that dominated the game up until that point. It'll be nice to see America get the same chance because viewers definitely see the game a whole lot better than the houseguests. Especially with these other twists! I'm looking forward to it.
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BB Canada did it well because the producers chose the right time to let Canada vote. They give the audience what they want. I just hope US producers will chose the right time too.
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I love it they try to involve America rid of people who don't play strategically, but all of their twists only make it so that those who play go out early.
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REALLY ! this show is still floating around ? I thought by now it would have been put on the scrap heap.
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How long before children conceived on Big Brother can be contestants on Big Brother?
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How long would anybody care? No really?
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Really no point in competing if the HOH isn't even safe for the week. They're making this game even easier for floaters. And for the love of all that is good, please don't let America have any hand in making game decisions. Let them pick the food for the have-nots and that's it. Please. Don't even know why I watch this show anymore to be honest. Just a guilty pleasure I can't seem to kick.
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Imagine actually caring about Big Brother these days
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I did, and I hurt myself...
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I don't feel like this article is as clear as others I've read so I'll add that the Two HOH twist means four people will be on the block every week and the Battle of the Block competition is the reason that HOHs are no longer safe.
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Oddly, I do not wish I knew what an HOH is.
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