CBS has released photos of the 15 new members of the Big Brother cast, and along with their standard headshots, they included more "fun" poses. Most of them just tried to look cute or serious, but there were a few with some actually personality. So these are the contestants we're already rooting for, based simply on their very telling pictures.
Another season of Big Brother is nearly upon us (it debuts next Thursday), and now that they've announced the new cast and this year's twist, we're starting to get excited ... and not just because The Bachelorette is boring us to tears this summer. We'll probably be disappointed by the 14th installment of BB about two weeks in, but for now, here's why there's still a glimmer of hope that this could be a good season.
Can we give the judge who said that The Glass House wasn't a Big Brother rip-off a pair of glasses and force him to watch episodes of both shows? Because while there are a few noticeable differences, ABC's reality series definitely looks a lot like BB to us, right down to the terrible interior decorating. But since we're not in the legal business and have nothing to gain from that copyright infringement lawsuit (aside from maybe one less show to watch this summer), we're more interested in how the new program is better or worse than its predecessor.
We're at that point of the summer where Big Brother has become less of a guilty pleasure and more of a thrice-weekly chore. But it doesn't have to be that way. The show could definitely improve and manage to entertain us for a whole summer, if only producers were willing to improve it. Here are the things we'd like to see fixed before next year.
So Jordan won. Which was really no surprise to anyone, except maybe Jordan herself. But then again, everything surprised Jordan. You probably could have told her that Julie was a robot and she would have believed it. She won the show purely by dumb luck, which sounds mean, but is true. She claimed that her best strategic move in the game was winning the final HoH, but she won both stages of the competition by chance. She rolled the balls into the right holes better than Natalie, but everyone is a better competitor than Natalie, and then she basically wrote a random number on a chalkboard and won her spot in the final two. I can't even pretend to think that she actually calculated how many votes to evict were cast during the course of the season. She is not a math genius, or any kind of genius.
The UK version of Big Brother got canceled this week (its final season on Channel 4 will air next year), and while the American version on CBS is doing pretty well ratings-wise, its been a mostly boring/predictable summer with just a few bright spots. We've got some ideas on how producers should liven up our summer guilty pleasure so that it's much more enjoyable for us fans -- and hopefully will boost their ratings.
Probably about once a week, I get all wistful and think that I'd love to live in the UK. My reasons are usually television-related, of course. I would get Doctor Who earlier. I could tour around Cardiff and stalk John Barrowman. I could get sucked into all the smuttier versions of reality shows they air all the time. I could get hooked on soap operas that aren't Days of Our Lives. I could send my kid to Hogwarts. It would be awesome. Today I came across something in my email inbox that provided yet another reason for me wanting to move across the pond.
So as Julie announced on last night's episode of Big Brother, one houseguest from each and every season will be returning on Sunday's episode to participate in a competition. That's kind of cool. Immediately visions of Dr. Will and Evel Dick and Janelle popped into my head like a little group of twisted sugar plum fairies. I got one out of three at least. Ms. Janey Doll will be on hand for the festivities (which involve some sort of current events game) but really all this exercise is going to do is make me mad that they didn't get the best possible people to come back.
I've been staring at this story for a couple days and thinking about writing up the info in case you are a Big Brother fan who lives in the Los Angeles area and likes to get dressed in business casual style. (If you are, you can go see the evictions in person...) But the reason that I haven't gotten around to posting about it before is because I've just been irritated by the fact that the show is sticking to the ridiculous schedule it first employed during the lame "winter" season just a few short months ago. As I ranted in my gallery of the 10 Most Annoying Things About Season 9, the Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday airings basically just suck, and make the show irritating for anyone who cares about what is actually happening in the house and bothers to purchase either the live feeds or watch Showtime After Dark. If I get the live feeds (or read the blogs of those who do), which is presumably something that CBS wants you to do since they offer them, then by the time the Sunday episode airs all those days later, I've already figured out who was nominated and usually who has won the power of Veto, and Veto isn't even dealt with until the Tuesday show. By the time the Tuesday CBS airing plays out, the houseguests have already been back and forth like 400 times on who they are going to evict. This basically makes the Sunday and Tuesday airings pretty much useless to me, especially since they don't even have the added bonus of having the Chenbot making odd wardrobe choices. I'm already kind of dreading the next Big Brother since I've barely had time to recuperate from the aforementioned winter edition, and this news doesn't make me any happier. It's gonna be a long summer.
Trying again to promote the good in humanity, we'd like to give it up to Big Brother's Nick who at least had the decency to be polite and kind to GinaMarie on national television. If he runs and hides in the coming weeks to get away from her… well, let's just say we wouldn't blame him.
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