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I haven’t really talked about “Big Brother” this year, mostly because I’ve been bored by it. There was no one I liked, no one I wanted to root for. They even included Rachel’s sister in the cast this season. One would think, as a Rachel fan, I’d be excited, but no. Please take this the wrong way, but her sister, Elissa, is just Rachel with all the charisma and sexiness removed. And her personality consists of just her being Rachel’s sister. Yawn.
There is even a new twist with the eviction process, an added candidate, but none of it was really enough to catch my attention. It really comes down to cast. Cast someone I’ll want to like, not a bunch of bland rejects from “90120” auditions. No one here clicked for me.
Then something happened, something both exciting, and fully explaining why I didn’t like anyone. There wasn’t anyone to like, except for a couple racists, whom are just built for the audience to hate. Trouble is, we haven’t been privy to their hate until just recently. Now CBS has opened the doors to reveal these imbeciles to the world.
Houseguests Aaryn, and to a lesser extent, Ginamarie, have been showing their ‘true colors’ as they have made serious anti-Asian, anti-black, and anti-gay remarks about their fellow houseguests. Really? A twenty-two year old with views like this? I am shocked in this day and age. Are there really monsters like this still walking around in America? Thank the gods she has lost her job while in the house. At least someone is clear thinking.
Now I have a reason to watch “Big Brother” this season, and someone very specific to root against, boo, hiss, and wish misfortunes upon. Don’t cry, Aaryn, maybe the neo-Nazis are looking for a new cover girl…
I cannot wait for Aaryn’s exit interview …with Julie…
Since the first season of “Big Brother” viewers in the United States have not really been watching the real “Big Brother.” American audiences were not receptive, read as low ratings, to the format that had been so successful everywhere else in the world, so US producers made up their own rules. It’s become a unique entity, and that’s not even getting into oddities like US censorship, editing, and limited viewing or prerecorded broadcasts. “Big Brother” US is its own thing, and it’s killing it.
I could get into how incestuous it’s become. The only excitement seems to come from having old houseguests return, or having them transplant from and to other CBS reality TV programs. New viewers tend to be turned off by all of this internal continuity faster than a newbie reading an X-Men comic.
There is also the censorship issue. If CBS doesn’t want you to see something, and it doesn’t happen in the seemingly regulated Showtime late night hours, or you’re not subscribed to the paid feed (and even then sometimes), you’re just not going to see it. Like the rumors of houseguest Chima threatening to take a dump on the bed – the real ratings-getters never make the grade.
The most infuriating way CBS is ruining “Big Brother” is with their Big Brother Network email subscription service. They apparently don’t understand the simply concepts of subject lines, and most importantly, spoilers. I tend to watch my television on DVR, hours, sometimes days later than the original broadcast. More times than I want to admit, I have gotten an email from the BBN with “So-And-So Evicted” in the subject heading. Wtf??
You better straighten up, CBS, I don’t know how much longer I’ll be hanging around the Big Brother House.
Anyone who knows anything about the show, or its history elsewhere in the world knows this is really nothing new. As a matter of fact, it happens all the time. Of course for American TV, this is a big thing.
Last night, apparently Head of Household Rachel and her erstwhile shomance hunk Brendon christened the HoH bed. Yep, that’s right, the first sex on American reality television happened last night on four different cameras in the bedroom. Rachel and Brendon’s parents must be sooo proud. Perhaps the couple have forgotten that not only is everything they do filmed, but that there are also thousands of paid subscribers to the live feed.
Perhaps what they really forgot is that ratings are flagging for the once reality TV giant and the network will be doing everything they can to boost ratings… wait, maybe they know all about that…
Of course the best part, or maybe the worst part, hmmm… let’s make that the saddest part is what Brendon said to Rachel after it was all over. “I’m sorry.” I wonder what for? It could be for sooo many things…
The cast for “Big Brother 12” was revealed yesterday, and now the questions remain – Who’s the flirt? Who’s the schemer? Who’s the outcast? Who’s the old guy/gal? Who’s gay? Who will hook up? And the most important for this season – who is the saboteur? Or should that be, after eleven seasons will anyone still care?
Here’s the new cast:
Rachel Reilly, 26 – VIP Cocktail Waitress – Las Vegas, NV
Kristen Bitting, 24 – Boutique Manager – Philadelphia, PA
Britney Haynes, 22 – Hotel Sales Manager – Huntington, AR
Monet Stunson, 24 – Model – Glen Carbon, IL
Brendon Villegas, 30 – High School Swim Coach – Riverside, CA
Andrew Gordon, 39 – Podiatrist – Miami, FL
Enzo Palumbo, 32 – Insurance Adjuster – Bayonne, NJ
Kathy Hillis, 40 – Deputy Sheriff – Texarkana, AR
Annie Whittington, 27 – Bartender – Tampa, FL
Matt Hoffman, 32 – Web Designer – Elgin, IL
Lane Elenburg, 24 – Oil Rig Salesman – Decatur, TX
Ragan Fox, 34 – College Professor – Los Angeles, CA
Hayden Moss, 24 – College Student, Athlete
For “Big Brother 12” that twist may be a bit more disruptive as there will be a saboteur in the house – a player that doesn’t care about the money or winning, he or she just wants to wreck havoc in the house. Fun fun fun. As if the players don’t usually do that on their own, whether through their own stupidity or sadism. Oh boy. Can’t wait.
From Small Screen Scoop, here is Chima Simone’s statement regarding being kicked off “Big Brother 11,” spelling and grammar intact…
”Yes, I did in fact quit the show, although there are reports on EW from CBS to the contrary. Big Brother would like everyone to believe I was kicked off for not following the rules, but I went to the producers repeatedly over the past couple of days wanting to leave….wanting out of that house!
“As crazy as that house is, the producers NEVER want the world to think or know that we houseguests DO LEAVE when it becomes futile to stay. I lost faith in the show & my ability to remain committed to this game. All of the remaining housemates know I wanted to leave and that is why any conversation concerning me is cut in the live feed because they don’t want America to hear the truth about my voluntary departure.
“Do you really believe that I would be expelled for tossing my microphone when past houseguests have only been kicked off for violence & threats of violence? You know better, as do I.
“It’s better that I left. I did what was best for me in this game and that was to leave. When I chose to play & play hard the power I did earn was completely usurped by a game piece never used before in this game and my HOH reign was rendered useless. I have no regrets. As cliche’ as it sounds, until the public is a part of a human pressure cooker, then the judgements should cease.
“I find it interesting that my personal attacks on Russell have been highlighted, but his attacks on me pushed under a rug. Selective portrayals? I think so. Russell did terrorize the house, especially the women in the house. Why America constantly finds men attacking women okay, yet vilifies the woman defending herself, will always confound me. But what’s done is done, now BB fans can find a new woman to hate. I didn’t sign up for what I was exposed to & I left gladly. It was the principle of the matter, the $500,000 prize be damned. That’s all for now! Take Care…”
Just an observation, since Chima was, um, let’s just say, she is no longer there, the house is quieter, more sane and all the houseguests seem more relaxed and comfortable. Hmmm, I wonder what could be different now?
Last night I posted a blog entry about how much the current cast are idiots and big babies. if only I had waited another hour or so I would have had a more exciting ending to the story.
Apparently Chima was asked to wear her microphone, and refused. When fellow houseguest Kevin retrieved it for her, she threw it in the pool. She was asked to get a new microphone by Big Brother and she refused. “You know what? …. this …. I’m outta here.”
A house meeting was called and Chima told by producers that she would pay for the damaged mike. That’s when the supposed tantrum started with Chima demanding (which she does a lot of, I’ve noticed) to speak with the producers in the Diary Room. The door to the room would not open, no matter how hard Chima pulled. Lydia tried to open the door crying but is told to sit down, along with Natalie.
When the live feeds to the house came back online following the house meeting, Chima was gone. Jeff had the last word when he said, “and then there were seven.”
Good riddance, I say. In reality television there’s a thin line between entertaining and irritating, and Chima crossed it some time ago.
I love reality television, and I love “Big Brother,” but I gotta say, the eleventh season of the series has bee filled with idiots. Oh, I know what you’re saying out there, especially those detractors of the format – they are idiots. No, I mean bigger idiots.
I’ve mentioned before how much I hated the opening ‘back to high school’ concept of “Big Brother 11,” but it’s gotten worse. I was enraged when last season’s Jessie returned and even got the first Head of Household and continued to have control of the house for a few weeks. And I’ve also talked about how much I dislike Jessie.
The rest of the houseguests are so distasteful that I have to be honest, up until his eviction last night, I was rooting for Jessie. If it couldn’t be Ronnie, I wanted Jessie to win. Ronnie of course was evicted for playing the game. It occurs to me that most of the cast this season seem blissfully unaware of the rules of the game, and that it is a game. Newsflash, idiots, “Big Brother” is a game.
This cast also seems incredibly immature. Have we ever had housemates before that rifled through and stole each other’s belongings? Sabotaged production? Blackmailed the producers? Demanded bath and beauty products to behave? Didn’t these idiots sign contracts before entering the house? I’m thinking CBS should take some legal action once this season is over against those individuals who jeopardized their program.
This is how they come across… Lydia and Kevin switch sides like the wind blows. Chima is just a spoiled brat – the nerve of her saying she needs to speak to the producers! If Jeff and Jordan put their heads together they might be as smart as Jessie on a bad day. Russell is a time bomb who needs anger management badly. These are the impressions they are giving on national television. Is that what they want folks to think of them? I would love to be a fly on the wall when they see the video of their time in the house.
The biggest question I am concerned with this season now that Jessie and Ronnie are gone and the rest of them have proved themselves idiots is… will Julie Chen make it to the end of the season before her baby arrives.
And please, Natalie should take a shower. I can smell her through my television.
The Clique rampage continues. With the Athletes on top, it is just like high school in the Big Brother House. I’m surprised that wedgies haven’t been part of everyday life as opposed to just being a competition. Jessie and the Athletes however have chosen their nominees for eviction: Chima and Lydia. Toldja. And with the power of veto going to fellow jock on top Russell, don’t expect those names to change…
After one episode of the regular network “Big Brother” on CBS and two of Showtime’s three hour “Big Brother: After Dark,” we’re getting a better grip on who’s who in the house. Jessie still seems much the same chucklehead he was in season ten. Kevin continues to be my favorite housemate. Casey, while making a few connections, seems to be doing everything he can to alienate folks with his overloud voice and oversharing…
And Lydia, tsk tsk tsk, poor Lydia has just dropped completely off my fave scale in trying to seduce Jessie into letting her stay in the house. Damn shame, I liked her a lot. I hope she goes. The eviction is coming up. Can’t wait…