Pinoy Big brother is the most watched and the longest running reality show. It made a start back in 2005 and has been a major attraction of viewers since then. It is actually the Philippine version of Reality show franchise, Big brother. Big Brother has over 54 franchise countries and PBB in one of them. PBB is broadcasted on ABS-CBN and Studio 23. The online episode can also be found on Pinoy Big Brother website. The current hosts of the show are Robi Domingo, Bianca Gonzalez, Toni Gonzaga and Mariel Rodriguez.
Format of the show is quite simple and follows the original format of Big brother where a number of people stay in a huge house cutting their selves from the outside world. Every series runs for 3 months with about 15 participants. They are given daily and weekly challenges. Every week one of them is eliminated from the house.
The eliminated member is actually selected by other fellow housemates and the viewers. Every contestant chooses two fellows they want to get eliminated. By the end the ones with highest votes get removed. Afterwards, the crowd is given the right to vote for them via texts and call. The one with the least votes by the end of the week leaves the journey. By the end of each season one winner is picked out and wins a grand prize, including a house, car, home appliances, and a Holiday. PBB plays an important role in the character development of partakers as well as becomes a life changing experience for them.
The Yellow house which is located in front of the ABS-CBN main building plays the role as the Big brother house. It is fully furnished, air conditioned and gives a look of a luxurious place from inside out. The interior of the house varies from season to season. It is occupied by several sections like activity area, hall, swimming pool, garden, concert hall, eviction hall, and confession room. All the players are monitored 24/7 with a two-way mirrored wall around the house, cameramen can shoot from behind these mirrors. The house itself is also covered with more than 40 cameras and microphones.
Pinoy Big Boss Series has 13 successful seasons and 4 different types of editions. A regular adult edition, special Edition, Celebrity Edition and a Teen Edition. The regular edition has adults from age 19-35 from different backgrounds. While the teen edition consists of teenagers from age 13-18. It is usually done in the summer months when students are out of school. The celebrity edition is for the celebrities from around the Philippine. And lastly the special Edition comes with a bit unlike format and twists with people from all the background and ages.
PBB is aired 7 days a week at 10:00PM PHT on ABS-CBN. The episode highlights are aired from Monday to Friday while the eviction episodes run on Saturday and Sunday. According to ABS-CBN, PBB with its millions of watchers is the most viewed and well-famed franchise of Big brother throughout Pacific and Asia.