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‘Big Brother Canada’ season 2 sets premiere date

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TORONTO — Get ready for new houseguests, new twists and more opportunities for fans to get involved when the second season of Big Brother Canada debuts March 5.

The season premiere of the popular reality competition show, hosted by Arisa Cox, will air on both Slice and Global at 9:00 p.m.

“If you thought season one was full of twists and turns, strap on your seat belts, season two is going to be a rollercoaster ride,” said executive producer John Brunton.

The new houseguests, chosen after nationwide auditions, will be unveiled soon.

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New this year is the Big Brother Canada Side Show, hosted by last season’s runner-up Gary Levy and houseguest Peter Brown. It will air immediately after each eviction episode.

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Every week, houseguests will be eliminated as they compete in a series of challenges for the grand prize of $100,000 and a $25,000 gift card from The Brick.

The inaugural season of Big Brother Canada was a ratings hit and fans streamed over a million hours of video online.

Jillian MacLaughlin was declared the winner in a finale that stunned fans.

“Last season, our Canadian edition of Big Brother exceeded all expectations, bringing in record audiences and engaging fans in ways we’d never done before,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media.

“With season two chalk-full of opportunities for viewers at home to influence the house and never before seen show-altering twists, our new batch of houseguests and fans are in for a wildly exciting ride.”

Big Brother Canada will air three nights a week — Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays — on Slice.

Big Brother After Dark will air seven days a week from 2am to 5am ET / 11 pm to 2am PT.

Slice is owned by Shaw Media, parent company of Global News.