Reality TV is often still considered a聽guilty-pleasure indulgence, but it鈥檚 also one of the most prevalent types of programming now. CBS has just announced that its summer hit Big Brother, which has aired for 19 seasons across 17 years, will extend the popular franchise into the winter by bringing the network鈥檚 first-ever celebrity edition of the show to TVs in 2018.

鈥淣ow, you expect us to be back next summer, and we will,鈥 BB host Julie Chen said in the Thursday night announcement. 鈥淏ut this winter, for the first time ever, the unexpected is coming: Celebrity Big Brother. That鈥檚 right, a house full of celebrities locked up behind these doors. Can you imagine it? You鈥檒l learn all about it, soon enough.鈥

Chen will host the celebrity edition, which will feature all the familiar BB features, such as live evictions, Head of Household, and Power of Veto competitions. Live feeds of the stars will also be available 24/7 through CBS All Access.

Executive producer Rich Meehan told The Hollywood Reporter that casting discussions are just getting underway,鈥淲e鈥檙e just starting discussions and we鈥檙e looking for people who are going to be fun,鈥 he said. 鈥淢aybe there are some celebrity fans of the show that we鈥檒l mix in there. We鈥檙e going to create a big list and go out and see who we can get.鈥

鈥淚t鈥檚 not going to be all Oscar winners,鈥 Chen added, noting that they鈥檙e trying to keep their expectations realistic. 鈥淏ut maybe we鈥檒l have someone who won an Oscar decades ago.鈥 She name-dropped Dancing With the Stars (who just revealed their season 25 cast) as a show that does an amazing job casting celebrities looking to reinvent themselves.

Celebrity Big Brother has aired in the UK since 2001 and has featured stars such as Pamela Anderson, Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag, Aubrey O鈥橠ay, and more.

More scheduling and casting info will be revealed soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

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