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CBS Announces 16 New "Big Brother" Houseguests

June 19, 2017 - CBS announced today 16 Houseguests who will embark on a new season of BIG BROTHER. This season’s cast includes a government engineer, a rodeo clown, a microbiologist and a cosplay artist, among others. CBS’ summer reality hit debuts with a two-night premiere event, Wednesday, June 28 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), and Thursday, June 29 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Julie Chen returns as the host of the hit summer series.

CBS All Access will give subscribers the opportunity to meet the Houseguests before anyone else via a live stream of their first interviews beginning this morning at 8:00 AM, PT/11:00 AM, ET. CBS All Access subscribers can watch the live stream online at or the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, and on connected devices, including Roku Players, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Fire TV.

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The following 16 new Houseguests will spend the summer competing for $500,000:

Christmas Abbott (35)

Hometown: Lynchburg, Va.

Current City: Raleigh, N.C.

Occupation: Fitness Superstar


Matthew Clines (33)

Hometown: Arlington, Va.

Current City: Arlington, Va.

Occupation: Renovation Consultant


Dominique Cooper (30; turns 31 on 7/11/17)

Hometown: Tuskegee, Ala.

Current City: Woodbridge, Va.

Occupation: Government Engineer


Elena Davies (26; turns 27 on 8/19/17)

Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas

Current City: Dallas, Texas

Occupation: Radio Personality


Jason Dent (37; turns 38 on 7/12/17)

Hometown: Humeston, Iowa

Current City: Humeston, Iowa

Occupation: Rodeo Clown


Jessica Graf (26)

Hometown: Cranston, R.I.

Current City: Los Angeles

Occupation: VIP Concierge


Cameron Heard (24; turns 25 on 8/27/17)

Hometown: North Aurora, Ill.

Current City: Woodridge, Ill.

Occupation: Microbiologist


Mark Jansen (26)

Hometown: Grand Island, N.Y.

Current City: Grand Island, N.Y.

Occupation: Personal Trainer


Megan Lowder (28)

Hometown: Cathedral City, Calif.

Current City: Phoenix, Ariz.

Occupation: Dog Walker



Josh Martinez (23)

Hometown: Miami, Fla.

Current City: Homestead, Fla.

Occupation: Hair Care Sales


Cody Nickson (32)

Hometown: Lake Mills, Iowa.

Current City: Plano, Texas

Occupation: Construction Sales Rep


Alex Ow (28)

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Current City: Camarillo, Calif.

Occupation: Eco-Friendly Marketing Rep


Jillian Parker (24)

Hometown: Celebration, Fla.

Current City: Las Vegas, Nev.

Occupation: Timeshare Sales Rep


Kevin Schlehuber (55; turns 56 on 8/7/17) (pron Sleigh-huber)

Hometown: Boston, Mass.

Current City: Boston, Mass.

Occupation: Stay-at-home dad


Ramses Soto (21) (pron Ram-zees)

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.

Current City: Grand Rapids, Mich.

Occupation: Cosplay Artist


Raven Walton (23)            

Hometown: DeValls Bluff, Ark.

Current City: DeValls Bluff, Ark.

Occupation: Dance Teacher

Details about the house and some of this season’s new twists will be announced shortly.

Following the two-night premiere, BIG BROTHER will air Sundays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), beginning July 2; Wednesdays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), beginning July 5; and Thursdays (9:00-10:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT), beginning July 6, featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen. Last summer, all three editions of BIG BROTHER ranked among the top 10 summer series in adults 18-49, adults 18-34 and adults 25-54.

BIG BROTHER follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with 87 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones, recording their every move 24 hours a day. Each week someone will be voted out of the house, with the last remaining Houseguest receiving the grand prize of $500,000. BIG BROTHER is produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan for Fly on the Wall Entertainment, in association with Endemol Shine North America.

CHEAT TWEET: New #BB19 cast announced! The 2 day premiere event begins 6/28 8-10pmET/PT, then 6/29 9-10pmET/PT! #CBS

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