The CBS show, which will have its seventh incarnation this year, has decided to populate its house with past players this time around. Ladies and gentlemen, presenting "Big Brother: All-Stars."
The network is banking on familiar faces to boost interest in the show, which suffered a fairly sizable ratings decline last summer; the three weekly episodes averaged between 700,000 and 1.2 million fewer viewers than their 2004 counterparts.
In what CBS says is a first for any "Big Brother" franchise worldwide, the network will let fans pick who enters the house. Viewers will choose 12 people from a pool of 20 past contestants -- where have you gone, Chicken George, Marcellas and Nakomis? -- to enter the house and play the game.
The choice of host is not up for a vote: Julie Chen will be back in her familiar spot.
CBS hasn't announced the 20 potential All-Stars yet, nor has it said how voting will be done. As with past versions of the show, the winner will walk away with $500,000.