A Big Brother Canada Season 4 Surprise!

Ottawa Brothers Philippe and Nicholas Paquette Surprised Each Other –
And The Audience When Learning They Must Play as One

Canadians Have Until Thursday at 3 pm ET to Vote For Their Favourite International Wildcard on BigBrotherCanada.ca

#BBCAN4's First Live Eviction Episode Airs
Thursday at 8 pm ET/PT on Global

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TORONTO, March 3, 2016 /CNW/ - Global's monster hit series Big Brother Canada started off with a bang when Host Arisa Cox revealed that two of the houseguests must act as one team throughout the season. Ottawa's Philippe Paquette who entered first was surprised to learn that his younger brother Nicholas would also be in the Big Brother Canada house. Having not been previously announced, the addition of Nicholas was a surprise to his brother, the other houseguests, and the audience. However, it was later revealed that the brothers must play as one houseguest – only getting one vote – and if they win, they must split the grand prize. Only one brother will be able to compete in house competitions, and they must decide together who they will nominate for eviction. See below for more about Nicholas Paquette, the newest houseguest joining #BBCAN4, and catch all the action on the first eviction episode, Thursday at 8 pm ET/PT on Global.

Also, on the eviction episode, the houseguests will be joined by two international wildcard players voted in by Canadians – a Big Brother franchise world-first. Fans can still have their say until Thursday at 3 pm ET by casting their vote now on BigBrotherCanada.ca. The international wildcard choices are: Jase Wirey (Big Brother US), Nikki Grahame (Big Brother UK), Tim Dormer (Big Brother Australia), and Veronica Graf (Big Brother Italy).

"Yet again, Big Brother Canada amazes fans with another surprise," said Christine Shipton, SVP and Chief Creative Officer, Shaw Media. "And tomorrow with the international wildcard competition announcement, the stakes will be set for another great season. I can't wait to see what Big Brother has in store for Canada this year!"

"At Insight, we're always looking to intensify the excitement factor for the viewers and bring them closer to the action," said John Brunton, Chairman & CEO, Insight Production Company Ltd.  "The wildcard voting is a Big Brother worldwide franchise first and viewers across Canada have the chance to impact the outcome like never before."

Meet the newest Big Brother Canada houseguest:

Nicholas Paquette
Age: 20
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Occupation: Student
The younger half of the brother duo wants to make friends with all the houseguests in order to win the grand prize, but will this clash with his brother's style?

Watch ET Canada Thursday at 7:30 pm ET on Global for more on Nicholas Paquette, the newest Big Brother Canada houseguest! Fans can also read full bios, see photos, and watch exclusive online videos at BigBrotherCanada.ca.

Following a coast-to-coast casting call, a new group of houseguests have moved into the overhauled Big Brother Canada house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones capturing their every move. The houseguests compete for a grand prize of $100,000, a $25,000 gift card from The Brick, and an OxiCleanTM prize pack valued at $10,000 that includes $500 of fabric care products and a $9,500 wardrobe makeover. This season, the fan favourite series continues to offer unparalleled digital extensions that augment the social dynamics and real-time momentum of the 24/7 television production. Big Brother Canada extends from series to site at BigBrotherCanada.ca with exclusive content, full episodes, 24-hour live streams, and a host of surprises and opportunities that allow fans to directly impact the show.

Big Brother Canada airs Wednesdays at 9 pm ET/PT, Thursdays at 8 pm ET/PT, and Sundays at 7 pm ET/PT. Viewers who miss the premiere can catch up on Big Brother Canada for free following the broadcast the next day on BigBrotherCanada.ca and Global Go. Also returning is the Big Brother Canada Side Show which premieres Friday, March 4 at 10 pm ET on Slice and Saturday, March 5 at 8 pm ET on Global, as well as Big Brother Canada After Dark which airs seven days a week beginning Friday, March 4 at 3 am ET on Slice™. And if that's not enough, fans can also watch all of the in-between action on the live feeds from the Big Brother Canada house on BigBrotherCanada.ca.

Commissioned by Shaw Media, Season 4 of Big Brother Canada is produced by Insight Productions in association with Shaw Media and Endemol Shine North America. Erin Brock and Sue Brophey serve as Supervising Producers. John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby serve as Executive Producers. 

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Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company. Shaw serves 3.2 million consumers and businesses through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw provides consumers with broadband Internet, WiFi, Digital Phone and Video services. Shaw Business provides businesses with Internet, data, WiFi, telephony, Video and fleet tracking services, and ViaWest provides collocation, cloud and managed services. Shaw Media provides Canadians with engaging programming content through one of Canada's largest conventional television networks, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks, including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY® and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.B, NYSE - SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.

About Insight Production Company Ltd.
Insight Productions – producers of Big Brother Canada, the most watched reality program across specialty channels in the country and The Amazing Race Canada, the most watched Canadian show on record – is Canada's most established content producer.  Big Brother Canada, The Amazing Race Canada, The JUNO Awards 2015, Canada's Walk of Fame, and How To Change The World are collectively nominated for 16 2016 Canadian Screen Awards.  Headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming in every genre and includes in its development slate the scripted series Hardwood and Tempting Faith DiNapoli.

SOURCE Global Television

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Amy Doary, Publicist, Big Brother Canada, 416.710.6079, amy.doary@shawmedia.ca / amy@adpr.ca; Alina Duviner, Unit Publicist, 416.574.1098, alina@alinapublicity.com

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