Big Brother is finally set to return to Australian television in 2012 -on Channel Nine.
The Herald Sun reports the show will return as Big Brother: Secrets, where every housemate has a secret.
In April TV Tonight suggested the show could be revived on a digital channel by tweaking the show around the French version: Secret Story. In that series housemates are compelled to interact with one another to try and discover each other’s secret and win cash prizes. The format encourages housemates not to fly under the radar.
TEN is believed to have to bid on the new series, but Nine is said to have signed the deal today.
“I understand we are doing it,” a Nine source told the newspaper.
But Nine is also determined to let viewers know it won’t be the same old Big Brother, and will likely be produced on a slimmer budget.
There is no word yet on the host.
The show last aired in Australia in 2008 but fans have always longed for its return.
Update: I have now confirmed the story, with sources, but it’s “early days” on all the details…