The fans have spoken and Global TV says Big Brother Canada will be returning in 2018.
— Arisa Cox (@arisacox) July 21, 2017
But after Cox made her announcement, fans launched an online petition to try to save the series.
Global said in a news release Thursday that Big Brother Canada will return “following the overwhelmingly powerful fan response to its hiatus.”
— Global TV (@Global_TV) July 21, 2017
Barbara Williams, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Corus Entertainment, said they “heard the fans loud and clear.”
“In a game-changing twist, beloved series Big Brother Canada will return to Global in 2018, earlier than previously anticipated,” Williams said. “With the utmost respect for the loyal following this series has engendered over five terrific seasons, we heard the fans loud and clear. We recognized their passion for this high quality, dynamic, and engaging series, and are thrilled to have Big Brother Canada on the Global schedule next year.”
“Big Brother Canada has the best fans in the world, and we could not be more thrilled and honoured to be producing a brand new season of Big Brother Canada for them,” said John Brunton, executive producer and chairman and CEO of Insight Productions. “Strap on your seatbelts, it’s going to be another wild ride!”
Many previous Big Brother Canada competitors took to Twitter to celebrate the news with their fans.
YASSSSSSSSSSSS!!! You, the fans, are amazing! #bbcan6
— Sindy with an S (@SindywithanS) July 21, 2017
— Karen Singbeil (@Karensreal) July 21, 2017
— sarah hanlon (@flatshanlon) July 21, 2017
— William L. Desbiens (@WilliamLapriseD) July 21, 2017
— Emmett Blois (@EmmettBlois) July 21, 2017
For those of you who will play #BBCAN6 next year, please realize how blessed you are, have the time of your life and absolutely CRUSH IT!
— Peter Brown (@alsopeterbrown) July 21, 2017
You guys are truly the best fan community. We are back baaaby! WE DID IT! ❤️💋🤘🏼👁🇨🇦👏🏼
— Ashleigh Wood (@ashleiighwoodx) July 21, 2017
Big Brother Canada has the best fans ever. pic.twitter.com/5wrSMAmEgV
— Kevin Martin (@KevinRobMartin) July 21, 2017
Fans of Big Brother Canada also took to Twitter to celebrate their efforts to get the show back on the air.
SIDENOTE: Congrats @arisacox and fans! It's official!
— Eric (@RealityRecaps) July 21, 2017
— Leo (@hileonardo) July 20, 2017
— Lisa Bee (@leebee4life) July 21, 2017
THANK YOU!!! 😘😘😘 pic.twitter.com/xteWLUjBxF
— Erika (@iam_erika) July 21, 2017
BBCAN IS SAVED pic.twitter.com/B22sxH1UIu
— Michelle Costa (@michellebb10) July 21, 2017
— Cat #BBCAN6 Zyl (@Catvanzyl) July 21, 2017
Airing exclusively on Global in the 2018 broadcast season, Big Brother Canada plucks a group of hand-picked strangers from their homes, sequesters them from the outside world and places them inside a house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones that capture their every move.
Competing for a grand cash prize, each week the houseguests battle in a series of challenges that give them power or punishment, voting each other out until the fate of the final two is decided by a jury of fellow houseguests.
Additional details about Big Brother Canada Season 6, including casting news, will be announced at a later date.
—With files from The Canadian Press