Though Celebrity Big Brother just kicked off, the 13-episode season hosted by Julie Chen is set to wrap later this month. Instead of the contestants staying in the house for the usual 90 days, this version has the cast locked up for less than three weeks, with the two-hour season finale airing on Feb. 25. While it's a much shorter length than usual, the good news is that there will be three or four new episodes each week, and four episodes throughout the season will be two hours long instead of one.
The jam-packed schedule will air over the same time frame as the Olympics, giving TV viewers a chance to watch something other than the games. "We're not looking to beat the Olympics. Not even close. Not everybody watches the Olympics and we're just looking to give viewers who don't want to watch the Olympics, who are not into the Olympics, an interesting other choice. A competition of a different kind," Julie said in an interview with TV Guide. "We're not expecting to even come close to the Olympics, but we are looking to see if we can do better than what we've done in years past opposite the Olympics."
"It's going to be more intense than what you're used to seeing because it's going to be concentrated," Julie told The Hollywood Reporter of the change. "Picture everything about Big Brother, but nonstop action because it's going to be on a fast-forward button."
"I have no idea how this is going to go, how only being two-and-a-half weeks is going to be more of a pressure cooker," Julie added. "I think that's the big question and at this early stage it's a huge question mark because I was here until 11 o'clock last night shooting the premiere." Of course, fans can watch more than what's aired on TV, as CBS' live feeds allow you to see what's going on inside the house at any point in the day.
Catch Celebrity Big Brother at 8 p.m. on CBS.