CBS is planning the seventh season of Big Brother with an all-star edition where the viewers will help cast the show, says Variety.
The concept for the audience participation is still being hashed out, but the current plan is for CBS and the producers to select a group of 20 past Big Brother players. Viewers will then get the chance to vote and help select which of those 20 get to move into the Big Brother house in Studio City, CA.
Executive producer Allison Grodner says that 12 to 14 players will ultimately move into the house, depending on how the public votes. She also stated that there will be other ways in which the audience will participate this season and they are planning a number of other twists to the existing format.
The players will still decide who gets booted from the house and who will eventually win the $500,000 grand prize. Julie Chen returns as the host. The series is expected to air in early July.