Big Brother is reportedly all set to make a comeback on ITV. This comes weeks after rumors surfaced that the broadcaster was ‘closing’ on a deal to revive the show.
And insiders reportedly told The Sun, the new version of the show will be ‘back to basics’. It would make a comeback in 2018, nearly four years after it was dropped by Channel 5.
According to broadcastnow.co.uk, there is hope that Big Brother can repeat the success of Love Island. Since being revived in 2015, the ITV2 show has become a hit as viewers flock to watch the latest singles “Couple Up” and “Crack On.”
Earlier, a source told The Sun about the return and admitted: “They think putting it on ITV2 will open it up to new viewers and a number of younger fans.” He then added that the talks were at an “early, and delicate, stage”.
It is believed that the new series of Big Brother, if picked up, will air on ITV 2. It will be slated for an autumn run in 2023 after next year’s Love Island airs.
Originally hosted by Davina McCall, Big Brother began as a social experiment before running for 18 years. The show, and its immediately recognizable Eye logo, were finally dropped in 2018.
A TV source told The Sun, “ITV is home to big appointments. “They know better than anyone how big live events are done.”
He continued: “They are really looking forward to making a deal on Big Brother, and hopefully something will be definitively announced soon. Negotiations are still at an early and delicate, stage and the next few weeks will be crucial.”
“It needs full treatment and they believe they are the ones who can return it to its great former glory. It has millions of fans and is one of the most iconic TV shows of its generation.”
ITV has yet to comment on The Sun’s claims.