Competitive Quarantine

(Above: ‘Big Brother’ host Julie Chen Moonves. Source: YouTube video)

Somehow, the reality show Big Brother seems fit for our shelter-in-place times.

Today, August 5, at 9 pm ET/PT) CBS will air the two-hour premiere of the reality series’ 22nd season.

This season promises an “all-star” cast of houseguests consisting of winners, finalists, legends and other participants from years past. And guess what? They all want to be stuck together in a house – and get on each other’s nerves. Of course, a $500,000 grand prize – and, we suppose, a brief fling with D-list celebrity fame – are incentives.

The Big Brother house is outfitted with 94 HD cameras and 113 microphones, recording its occupants’ every spat, make-out session and act of personal betrayal — 24/7. Each week, someone gets voted out of the house. The last resident collects the cash and sits down with host Julie Chen Moonves to explain his or her winning back-stabbing strategy.

Each week will feature three episodes — Sundays, Wednesday and Thursdays at 8 pm, although there will be no episode tomorrow, August 6.

CBS All Access subscribers can also watch round-the-clock Live Feeds at, via the CBS App for iOS, Android or Windows 10, and on connected devices such as Roku Players, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Fire TV.

CBS All Access offers two subscription plans: one with limited commercials for $5.99/month; and a  commercial-free version for $9.99/month. For more information, visit

For those wondering about the housemates’ safety in such close quarters, the producers assert that their PPE-wearing staff and crew are tested prior to working on the set and will be screened daily for symptoms. A COVID-19 compliance officer will also be on hand to monitor adherence to protocols. In fact, several scheduled contestants have already been eliminated due to positive COVID-19 tests.

What about the rest? Will they socially distance? Who will wear masks? Who won’t? You’ll have to tune in tonight to find out.

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A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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