GOUVERNEUR — When the new season of “Big Brother” premieres Wednesday night, north country viewers will see a 22-year-old Gouverneur man make his debut on the long-running CBS reality show.
Steven R. Moses, son of Kathleen and Ronald Moses, 11 Meadow Lane, is among 14 cast members selected so far for the show’s 17th season, which starts with a two-night premiere scheduled for 8 p.m. next Wednesday and Thursday.
Mrs. Moses said her son, a 2011 graduate of Gouverneur Central School District, has dreamed of being on the show since he was in elementary school and they watched the program together at home.
“No matter what happens, he’s already won because his dream came true,” she said Wednesday. “He loves Gouverneur and he loves the north country. He’s grateful for the help he’s received to get him where he is.”
A TV film crew was in Gouverneur last week taking footage in the community. Mr. Moses is now in Los Angeles, where the show is filmed.
Mrs. Moses said her son has watched the program since he was in fourth grade. He is the youngest of the couple’s three children.
“He’s watched every season and calls himself a super fan,” she said.
After graduating from high school, Mr. Moses attended Cornell University, Ithaca, for two years before transferring to SUNY Fredonia, where he is majoring in audio engineering and music. He has one semester to finish before graduating.
“Big Brother” chronicles the dynamics of houseguests living together in isolation from the outside world. The goal is to not get “evicted” by housemates before the season ends. The last cast member in the house wins prizes, including $500,000.
During their time in the house, cast members are not commonly aware of outside events, and they don’t have access to any electronic devices, even their cellphones.
Contestants are continuously monitored by in-house television cameras as well as personal audio microphones during their entire stay. Each series lasts for about three months, with at least 10 contestants entering the house.
To win the final cash prize, a contestant must survive periodic evictions and be the last houseguest remaining in the compound.