While Celebrity Big Brother seasons have been winning over U.K. audiences for years now, it has somehow remained a star-studded bandwagon that the U.S. had not jumped on before. That changes this year, though, and CBS has announced the eleven famous faces that will battle for house supremacy in Celebrity Big Brother's inaugural domestic season. Those faces include former Apprentice star and former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman, former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Lynn Glanville, NBA great Metta World Peace and more. You can get the full list below.
Like most celebrity-driven reality show offerings these days, Celebrity Big Brother's first U.S. season is a grab-bag of recognizable and unpredictable entertainers from all forms of media. And arguably the most topical person in the bunch is Omarosa, who made headlines for completely different reasons in the past month or two. After having built her name as a fiery Apprentice winner (and Celebrity Apprentice loser), Omarosa joined Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016 and, after the election, she was brought in as a Presidential Assistant (among other duties), though she resigned from the positions in late 2017. Considering how outspoken and contestable she has been in any public position she's held, Omarosa will likely be a huge reason why people tune in.
And then there's Brandi Lynn Glanville, the former Real Housewives star who also happens to love a good confrontation. Perhaps not coincidentally, Glanville was also a contestant on a past season of Celebrity Apprentice, and she also has some pretty keen Celebrity Big Brother insight, considering she was part of the 20th season of the U.K.'s Celebrity Big Brother, which aired in 2017. She was the fourth housemate to get the boot there, so here's hoping she can last a little longer with this new group.
To go over the less combative contestants, we have Shannon Elizabeth, the actress and poker enthusiast who last hit up the reality TV circuit ten years ago for a Dancing with the Stars stint. Model Ariadna Gutiérrez, a former Miss Columbia, is probably most recognized as the Miss Universe runner-up whose name was erroneously called out as the winner by Steve Harvey during that wild debacle. Former UFC champ Chuck Liddell, who has been boosting his non-fighting persona in recent years, will return to primetime reality TV after an unsuccessful attempt at winning Dancing with the Stars back in 2009. Former Nickelodeon star James Maslow is also making his Celebrity Big Brother debut after losing out on Dancing with the Stars, which he did in 2014.
Then we have former Tonight Show intern Ross Mathews, who has been all over the unscripted scene in recent years, from Chelsea Lately to E!'s red carpet specials to RuPaul's Drag Race. Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath, who has been known to show off his hosting duties on shows such as Extra when he's not appearing in Sharknado sequels, will likely have the brightest hair on Celebrity Big Brother. Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show, is also a Celebrity Apprentice vet, having appeared back in 2015. Another Dancing with the Stars vet, Marissa Jaret Winokur is best known for her Tony-winning work on the Hairspray! stage show, for a role she reprised in NBC's live musical special. Finally, we have the formerly controversial NBA All-Star Metta World Peace, who also happened to compete in a past season of Dancing with the Stars...and lost.
Officially called Big Brother: Celebrity Edition, CBS's star-studded competition will kick off with a three-night premiere event on Wednesday, February 7, at 8:00 p.m. ET. The live, two-hour eviction episode will hit that Friday, and the show will then air for three weeks, with the finale already creeping up on Sunday, February 245, at 8:00 p.m. ET. In the meantime, head to our midseason premiere schedule to see all the other new and returning shows on the way.