A grab-bag of pop cultural names spanning the realms of politics, sports and the O.J. Simpson case make up the cast for the second season of Big Brother: Celebrity Edition on CBS.
In alphabetical order, the cast includes: Jonathan Bennett, Tamar Braxton, Kandi Burruss, Tom Green, Lolo Jones, Kato Kaelin, Joey Lawrence, Ryan Lochte, Dina Lohan, Natalie Eva Marie, Anthony Scaramucci and Ricky Williams.
Julie Chen will return as host of the show, she revealed last week, after having departed the network’s The Talk after husband Les Moonves exited as the network’s corporate boss under a cloud of sexual abuse allegations.
The show will have a two-night premiere starting January 21 and run for three weeks, with the two-hour finale slated for February 13.
Similar to the regular Big Brother, Celebrity Edition follows a group living together in a house outfitted with more than 80 video cameras and 100 microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day. None of the houseguests will have contact with the outside world. The last guest to avoid being voted out of the house will get the grand prize of $250,000.
The show is produced by Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan for Fly on the Wall Entertainment, in association with Endemol Shine North America.
Marissa Jaret Winokur, known for her lead role in Broadway’s Hairspray, won the inaugural edition of Big Brother: Celebrity Edition last winter.
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