Report: BIG3 teaming with ‘Big Brother’ producers for May reality TV tournament
The BIG3 has partnered with the producers of the popular summer reality series “Big Brother” to help develop the league’s quarantined reality-show basketball tournament, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Founders Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz envisioned a reality show in which 16 players were quarantined in a house while participating in a tournament. That vision was a pivot from the city-to-city weekly travel they had planned for 2020.
The 3-on-3 league is looking to salvage some product, considering the coronavirus pandemic has put every major league at a halt and congregations of 10 or more people are banned in some states.
This reality show would allow the BIG3 to retain viewership while offering a different approach and welcoming a new realm of viewers to their product. With no other sports going on, this should help satiate the desires of fans across the country looking to get their fix.
The CBS hit “Big Brother” completed its 21st season at the end of last summer, with Tennessee native Jackson Michie winning it all after lasting all 99 days in the Big Brother House.
Casting for the 22nd season had already begun, though there’s no telling if taping of the popular show will take place, considering the extent of the coronavirus outbreak.
The BIG3 reality TV show will consist of 16 players, potentially including some of the best female players in the world, quarantined in the same Los Angeles-area home for the duration of the three-week tournament. Players will have to test negative for the coronavirus before going under quarantine.
The games and the day-to-day lives of players and officials will be captured to add some drama and storylines to the tournament. CBS is tentatively considering to name the show “Big Brother: BIG3,” and it’s expected to make its debut the first week of May.