CBS's cable/satellite premium network Showtime Too carried a spin-off of the series called Big Brother: After Dark, which aired nightly from 12 midnight—3am. The show was live for the viewers on the East coast, however viewers on the West coast viewed it on a broadcast delay. This program featured all of the house activity happening between the local hours of 9pm-12 midnight in the House, and was edited only for slanderous statements and music copyrights.
- Rivals: Unbeknownst to the 11 Houseguests initially entering the house, 3 other Houseguests entered prior and were secluded in the HOH room, watching the other houseguests closely. These 3 players had a tense connection with someone else among the 11. They were not allowed compete in the first HOH competition but choose the first HOH among the pairs that competed in the first HOH competition, and were given immunity.
- America's Player: One houseguest; Eric Stein, played for the viewing public. The viewers voted and controlled his every game decision on which houseguest target, nominate, or evict. He was also given various other non-gameplay related secret tasks voted by the viewers.
- America's Winner: As Eric Stein reached the jury portion of the game, his jury vote was also controlled by the viewers. The viewers voted on the houseguest that Eric should vote for and campaign to win the game.
The house design for Big Brother 8 had an Alice In Wonderland theme; The entrance was mirrored to represent the looking glass, The living room had large lights on the wall and a nomination couch vs the traditional nomination chairs. The bedrooms each had a different theme, The first bedroom made the houseguests feel like they were small, it featured large beds and dressers as well as a small door frame leading into the back bedroom which was made to make the houseguests feel large; the beds were tiny, and featured tiny furniture that outfitted the room. In between a giant magnifying glass. The Side Bedroom had an Moroccan/Aladdin theme, complete with 2 round beds. The kitchen also followed suit, with large cups adorning the cabinetry, the gym had multiple colors, the hallway leading to the bathroom was skewed to make the houseguests look large as they entered the bathroom. The balcony was meant to look like a whimsical forest, the HOH room was given a modern touch, and the back yard had a giant teacup that the houseguests could spin around in, as well as a giant chess board, and topiary animals to match.
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|Jameka||Carol||Joe||Mike||Nick||Kail||Dick||Zach|| Rep|| ||Daniele|
|Eric||Carol||Joe||Kail||Kail|| Rep||Dustin||Jen||Amber||Jameka|| ||Dick|
|Dustin|| Rep|| ||Daniele|
|Joe||Mike||Kail|| Rep|| ||Dick|
|Nick||Carol||Joe||Mike|| Rep|| |
|Mike||Carol||Joe|| Rep|| |
|Joe||Carol|| Rep|| |
|Key:||Nominated||Rep: Replacement Nominee||POV Holder||HOH||America's Vote||Jury Member||Evicted|
- Note: Eric was America's Player, thus; the public controlled his votes, including his Jury vote.
Kail Harbick and Eric Stein were the winners of the first HOH competition. The eleven houseguests then learned that three of the houseguests, the nemeses, could not be nominated in the first week, as they did not compete for the title of HOH. They also learned that those three would pick who became the first HOH, Eric or Kail. The group decided that since Kail had been the one to ride the mushroom, she should have HOH. She nominated Amber Siyavus and Carol Journey for eviction, after her alliance of Zach Swerdzewski, Nick Starcevic and Mike Dutz gave her the idea. The decision was based on the fact that Amber and Carol were the first team eliminated from the HOH competition. Daniele Donato was the winner of the first POV competition. She chose to leave the nominations intact. Carol was evicted by a vote of 10 to 1.
Jen Johnson won the HOH competition "Majority Rules". She nominated Daniele Donato and Dick Donato for eviction, deeming them as the most negative people in the house. Daniele won the POV. Daniele used the Veto on herself, and Jen put Joe Barber up in her place. The original plan was to evict Joe. However, after Kail Harbick feard that Dick would discover her secret alliance, she tried to convince her fellow houseguests to evict Dick. Joe was evicted by a vote of 9 to 1; Kail's plan had failed.
Dick Donato won the HOH competition "Getting Schooled". He nominated Jen Johnson and Kail Harbick for eviction. During the Veto competition, houseguests would wear various costumes to distract the houseguests from the game. It was clear that Mike Dutz was purposely trying to distract Dick. After it came down to Dick and Jen, Dick stepped down and allowed Jen to win the Veto, as he had decided to put Mike up. Jen saved herself with the Power of Veto, and Mike became the replacement nominee. Mike was evicted by a vote of 7 to 2.
Dustin Erikstrup won the HOH competition "Eliminator". He nominated Jen Johnson and Kail Harbick for eviction, making it the second week in a row the duo were nominated together. While drawing for the Veto competition, Jen drew Jameka Cameron's name. Jameka, a strong Christian, felt that if her ball was pulled during the draw, she was meant to use the Power to save the person who had drawn her name. Jameka won the POV and chose to use it on Jen. Dustin nominated Nick Starcevic in her place, after Eric Stein had convinced everyone Nick had voted to evict Kail Harbick the week before. Nick was evicted by a vote of 6 to 2.
The houseguests competed in the endurance HOH competition, called "Times Up". After nearly two hours, Kail Harbick agreed to give Daniele Donato the title of HOH in return for her safety. Kail and Jen Johnson were nominated together for the third week in a row. Daniele confirmed to Kail that she was just a pawn, and she did, indeed have a backdoor plan in mind. Daniele felt that Eric Stein was the one responsible for casting the second vote against Kail, which everyone attributed to her best friend Nick Starcevic. Jen won the POV and used it to save herself. Daniele put Eric up, just as she had planned. Despite the Donatos' wishes, however, their former allies turned on them, and Kail was evicted by a close vote of 4 to 3, receiving the votes of Jen, Dick and Zach.
Jessica Hughbanks won the "Let's Make a Duel" HOH competition. She nominated Dick Donato and Daniele Donato for eviction. Dick won the POV. He chose to use the POV to save his daughter, Daniele. Jessica put Dustin Erikstrup up as a replacement nominee, as he had requested. Before the Veto ceremony, Dustin had asked Jessica to put him on the block, as he wanted to survive the eviction over Dick. After Eric Stein learned America wanted him to get Dustin out, he successfully campaigned for Dick to stay. Dustin was evicted by a vote of 4 to 2.
Daniele Donato won the "Strange Visitors" HOH competition. She nominated Amber Siyavus and Jameka Cameron for eviction. Daniele won the POV. She chose to change her nominations by removing Amber from the block and nominating Jen Johnson in her place. Jen was penalized for going against the slop restriction and was given a penalty eviction vote against her. Jen was evicted unanimously.
Jessica Hughbanks won the HOH competition "Tanks For the Memories". Staying loyal to her alliance with the Donatos, she nominated Amber Siyavus and Zach Swerdzewski for eviction. Eric Stein won his first competition and the Power of Veto for the week. He did not use the POV. Amber was evicted by a vote of 3 to 1.
Zach Swerdzewski won the HOH competition "Big Brother Tea Party". After making a deal with both Dick Donato and Daniele Donato, he nominated Jameka Cameron and Jessica Hughbanks for eviction. Daniele won her fourth POV of the season. She chose to keep the nominations intact. Dick and Daniele originally had an alliance with Jessica. However, after deciding to break up the "showmance", they decided to evict her. Jessica was evicted by a vote of 2 to 1.
After Jessica Hughbanks's eviction, the houseguests learned it would be a double eviction night. Dick Donato won the HOH competition "Before or After". He immediately had to pick his nominees, and chose Eric Stein and Jameka Cameron. Zach Swerdzewski then went on to win the "Niagara Balls" Veto competition. He chose not to use the POV. During the second eviction of the night, the second half of the Eric and Jessica showmance was sent home by a vote of 2 to 0.
Zach Swerdzewski won the HOH competition "Picture This". After he won, him and Jameka Cameron agreed to try to evict Dick Donato or Daniele Donato, and the father-daughter duo were nominated for the third time. Daniele was the first to crack the code and won her fifth POV. This meant that Daniele is tied with Janelle Pierzina for the highest number of Veto's won in a single season. She chose to use the Power of Veto on her father instead of herself. Dick immediately cast the sole vote against Jameka Cameron, and she was subsequently evicted.
The final HOH competition is played out in three challenges, to give the remaining houseguests a fair shot at securing a place in the final two. During the first endurance HOH competition, Zach Swerdzewski won an endurance challenge. Days later, Dick Donato beat Daniele Donato in a memory recognition challenge, meaning Daniele was nominated. At the live HOH part 3 competition, Dick beat Zach in a personality guessing quiz, claiming the final HOH. He then chose to evict Zach.
- In the week 2 Power of Veto competition, many houseguests received punishments:
- In the week 5 Veto competition, many houseguests received numerous punishments:
- Jen, Zach, Daniele and Kail had to wear a bunny suit for 5 days.
- Those 4, as well as Jameka, also had to dump manure on their head for 24 straight hours.
- Kail and Jen had to eat slop for 30 days.
- Jameka and Kail gave up her spot in 5 HoH competitions, although Kail was evicted before the next HoH was played.
- Jen gave up $250,000 of the grand prize if she would have won, however this was not the case.
- This is the first season to feature the America's Player twist.
- This is currently the only season in which the Final 2 were not strangers prior to entering the house.
- This is the first season to have a female evictee receive 10 votes.
- This is the first season to have America vote for a winner.
- This is the first season to have a houseguest receive a penalty vote.
- This is the first season where females have won the first five Power of Veto competitions. Daniele (twice), Jameka, and Jen (twice) have all done this.
- There was an alternate for the season named Samantha, who would've been cast if one of the other fourteen houseguests dropped out.
- This is the third season in a row where females won more competitions than males. 14 out of 23 competitions (6 HOH's & 8 POV's).
- Coincidentally, females also won 14 out of 24 (or 23) competitions in Big Brother All-Stars, even with the same amount of HoH and PoV wins.
- This is the second season to have females win four HOHs in a row. The first was Big Brother 5. It would later be followed by Big Brother 10, Big Brother 13, Big Brother 17, Big Brother: Over The Top and Big Brother 20.
- For this specific season, this occurred weeks 5 through 8.
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