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Friday
Jul092010

POV Results

Brendan won, and the would-be Mobster is pissed. Rachel has already moved into full-on kiss ass mode.

Friday
Jul092010

First Thoughts

I LOVE this part of the Big Brother season so much!  Getting to know the little hamsters and comparing them to our initial impressions pre-season.  Figuring out who's aligned with who and who wants who out.  Learning about their little quirks and everything else that makes them so unique.

So it's at this moment in time that I find myself sitting here with one of my headphone earbuds in listening to the oh so glorious music of FOTH (while they have the POV competition) and trying to figure out the last 16 hours or so.  The premiere show itself was good last night.  I had a great time chatting it up with everybody in the SH chat room waiting for the live feeds to begin.  And then the feeds began.

What a downright mess that was!  To be so happy and mad all at the same time was pretty damned sucktastic.  If you follow me on Twitter then you know how pissed off I was.  The audio on my live feeds worked when I could finally load up one of the streams but forget about the video.  I felt like I was back on a dial-up internet connection! Real Networks did some tweaking to things late late last night and it does seem to have helped some for me but come on already.  Give me my RealPlayer back!!!

As far as the hamsters go, we've got a pretty lively bunch so far.  Not as lively as BB9 thank goodness but a good group nonetheless.  There's already a showmance going on between Brendon and Rachel (that happened within 24 hours of entering the house!).  Rachel was in such a giving mood last night that she even provided Brendon a little comfort down below with her hand.  Speaking of Brendon and Rachel, they're are the first two to be nominated this season.  I'm still not sure exactly why Hayden nominated them but their romance/sexmance seems to be part of the reason.

Andrew seems to be the outcast so far this season for a combination of reasons.  He doesn't seem to have much skill in the female department and has been accidentally on purpose (haha!) been making weird comments to the girls.  It didn't help his cause either when somehow his head found itself under Annie's blanket and on her crotch right before the live feeds and Big Brother After Dark began.  Thanks a lot Andrew for making us listen to that wannabe mime (she really pancakes the foundation on) bitch for the first hour non-stop.  But hey, at least she didn't bitch all night like I did!  Zing!

The others also seem to know almost nothing about Andrew's religion so what do the hamsters do when they're ignorant about something?  They make snide comments behind the person's back instead of asking questions and learning something face-to-face.  If you're a politically correct singsong Sally out there, their behavior might offend you.  Me?  I'm watching for entertainment so I could give two hoots if they learn anything about his Judaism.  Bring the perverted outcast Jew on!

Thankfully, the house isn't split up into two huge alliances battling it out mafia-style already like the past couple of seasons.  There seems to three or four small alliances with some double agent action mixed in.  Annie is the biggest shit-stirrer in the house so far.  She's constantly flitting around telling people who said what (sometimes correctly and sometimes purposefully incorrectly) and has her nose so far up Hayden's ass she can probably smell the food he's chewing.

Kristen and Ragan seem to have a little friendship going on.  Andrew wants Enzo's friendship but Enzo ain't havin' any of that bizness.  Monet and Annie are definitely working against each other.  Rachel and Monet definitely don't like each other.  Rachel's constant nervous laugh gets on almost everybody's nerves.  Kathy has taken on the role of a busted up den mother (have you seen those bruises on her arms?).  Lane likes to hit on the ladies.  Enzo and Britney might be battling it out to become the clown of the house this season.

And the saboteur?  Who knows.  The house doesn't really seem to be that interested right now in who the saboteur is.  Most think it's Andrew (I highly doubt it) and seem to be gunning for him next week.  He might want to think about winning that whole HOH thing.  I would definitely find it hilarious if he did become the next HOH because I'd like to see them all kiss up to his outcast ass.

So what are your thoughts on things so far?  Let us know in the comments!

Friday
Jul092010

Live Feeds Big Brother 12 Style - A lot to be desired.

Good morning Big Brother fans, the rush of getting to see the new house guests has worn off a bit and reality is setting in.

This post is NOT about the house guests however - this one will be about the interface.  I could write a novel but I will try to keep it short.

Let me preface this 'rant' by saying I pay for several subscriptions myself and I am keeping them all - and I will watch the entire run of Big Brother on the live feeds.  That said - I also feel entitled to complain about them when I feel I am not getting as good of a product as I expected.

Dear Real, what the heck man?  We want out OLD interface back!  I am not sure why the change to a web based, flash interface but there is that saying that, "if it ain't broke...."  Did I miss a lawsuit that made you drop the old interface?  Cause unless you had to legally change it - this new one is not an improvement.

The FLASH interface....  looked good on paper - in practice not so much.  I don't give a damn about all the 'chat' features - they looked fun but I also want to be able to just WATCH the feeds - I want a pop-out viewer that will let me keep them in ANY size I like in one corner of my computer window so I can get some WORK done.  I want to be able to PIN then on top of my other items on my desktop so they don't get buried!

Where the hell is FLASHBACK?  The best thing to happen to the live feeds in a long time was Flashback - I used that feature EVERY DAY when I would see I missed something that happened overnight or when I was away.  There were web pages devoted to telling you where to go to catch events.  I guess this feature will be back but it should have been here on day one - not day 7 or whatever. (NOTE: An hour after I posted this the link appeared - no - not because I wrote this - they have been working on it - here is the link to the Flashback Feature - http://superpass.real.com/big-brother/bb12-flashback)

Pause and rewind? Will those features ever return?  I am guessing no - which makes me mad.  If I miss something I want to be able to go back a bit like I have been able to for several seasons.

I am skipping over the chat issues that I have read are being worked on as I do not use the chat feature.

As a 'power' user there are a few things I would LOVE to see added but they were never a feature before so I am guessing they won't be added, specifically the option to make screen captures.

I know Real is working very hard to address a lot of these issues but that isn't making my life very easy as someone who works really hard to keep a lot of fans up to date on the live feeds and what they might have missed.

I'd love to see the old interface come back, I know it isn't going to happen, but this new one should have been as good or better, not a step back.

Again, I am not telling folks to not get the live feeds, I think it is still one of the best bangs for the buck out there at less than $1 a day to see 4 cameras on 24x7 and know so much more than those that only watch the TV show, but PLEASE Real, get things working right asap.

  • We want real FULL SCREEN
  • We want the ability to re-size the video to any size.
  • We want the ability to POP OUT the video or "Pin" it to the top of our desktop.
  • We want Pause and Rewind options
  • We want Falshback. (http://superpass.real.com/big-brother/bb12-flashback)

Those are all things we had and we want them back!

 

Thursday
Jul082010

The Big Brother 12 Premiere Was Here!

Annie likes Britney. Hayden likes Kristen. Matt lied about himself. Enzo likes Rachel's boobs. Ragan seems to like Brendon a little bit. Kristen likes Hayden. Rachel has no clue about the Jewish religion. Andrew lied about himself. Enzo is worried about the law. Britney is engaged. Annie likes Enzo. Ragan lied about himself. Britney loves Ragan because he's "obviously a flaming homosexual." Annie didn't reveal her bisexuality. Let's toast!

Yes, tonight was the start of Big Brother 12. Can you say interesting? I thought the show tonight was one of the better premieres in recent years. The hamsters seem to be intriguing so far but not so dramatic or vapid that I found myself hating any one of them just yet. That actually kinda depresses me! LOL!

Julie (hey girl!) revealed the saboteur twist early on.  The houseguests all seemed genuinely shocked and didn't give up much in the diary room.  Julie told them that the saboteur could sabotage an individual, a group, or all of them.  That could be important down the road I'd imagine.  She told them that if the saboteur is evicted before five weeks is up, that they would walk out with nothing. But if they make it, they could win $50,000.  It was fun watching them freak out about who it could be. And honestly, I have no clue who it is.  I think it's a female but that's about it.

Now let's get to the first Head of Household competition.  Julie told them they had to split into two groups of six but that meant one person sitting out.  And of course the person sitting out didn't have a shot at the first HOH title (you kidding? I would have sat it out too!).  Andrew immediately volunteered to sit out and wouldn't you know it, the Jewish guy had to wear a weiner.  It was plastic though so wouldn't it technically be kosher?

So the mustard (yellow) and ketchup (red) teams had to hang on to weiners to make it across the backyard.  There were quite a few face-plants in the process which made me laugh hysterically.  But the big news was that as people crossed they would be eligible for cash prizes.  The first one across on each team wins $10,000 but also loses the chance to become HOH.  To become HOH, the last person from the team that gets their weiner across the yard wins the HOH title.

In all of this, Andrew becomes safe from eviction this week because he chose to sit out the competition. Monet and Annie were the first members of their teams to make it across which means they've already won $10,000 this season (but Kristen really wanted it more than Annie).  Britney fell in the competition and hurt her knee (the other team replaced her with Kristen - not smart).  Hayden was the last person from the first team to make it across and won Head of Household. 

The rest of the show was full of Saboteur business.  You can go to the CBS site and choose who you think it is and find out with everybody else who it actually is on Thursday, July 15th in the first live show of the season.  We then got to see a little bit about the Saboteur making their appearance when the lights went out in the house.

Not one to let anything get by him, Enzo immediately thought it was an act of sabotage.  Gee, ya think? And Brendon then chose to brush his teeth in the dark.  Not suspicious is it?  Andrew chose to play pranks on the others in the dark.  Not suspicious either is it?  The 'hidden' saboteur, by way of the flat screen in the living room, informed the others after the lights came back on that the storage room had been locked and to sleep with their eyes open.  No soup for the hamsters!

The show closed with telling us that Sunday's show at 8:00 PM ET will show us who Hayden nominated for eviction.  On Wednesday 8:00 PM ET is the POV show.  And then on Thursday 8:00 PM ET we'll have the first live eviction of the season and also find out who the saboteur is.

So what did you think about the first show of the season? Anybody you like more or less after seeing them on TV? Who do you think the saboteur is?  And are you ready for the live feeds to begin in just a couple of hours?  Let us know in the comments!

Thursday
Jul082010

Big Brother, Episode 1 Recap

The wait is finally over. Big Brother is back...and I’m back to write way too many words on the season twelve debut episode.

A bit of a disclaimer, though. Unlike past seasons where I’ve been engrossed in the online rumors and “found” information, I’ve been on a bit of a media blackout since the contestants were announced a couple of weeks ago (outside of a few nice bikini shots). I watched the CBS Early Show piece, but I was immediately annoyed by the floozy who claimed to be both beautiful and smart. Trust me, anybody who has to tell you just how hot and brainy they are generally are neither. (And don’t get me started on the “saboteur” garbage.)

Rather than continue to annoy myself, I decided to enter this season with a blank slate of knowledge about the cast. Sure, I took a look at a few pictures, and at first glance they seem to be a typical reality show crew - a bunch of guys who seemingly don’t own any shirts but have plenty of razor blades (ugh), and a bunch of girls who live in bikinis and miniskirts (which I don’t really mind). Oh yeah, and the token small-town floozy, a hardcore man of faith, and a campy gay guy. Let’s just hope that none of these people live up to those generic stereotypes.

So here we go! Yes, the stupid “saboteur” gimmick is going to dominate the coverage, as Julie immediately launches into hype about how it’s going to “rock the house”. Ugh!. Nice to see a non-pregnant Chen, though. Ok, we get it! You don’t have to go on and on about this.

Ah, the first “but first” two minutes into the show! We move on to the staged excitement over receiving their keys. Andrew is a podiatrist, and an Orthodox Jew. O-kay. Britney is a small town girl with a twang, but she has “game”. Yeah, right. Hayden is shirtless, and is the “most competitive person you’ll ever meet”. Don’t forget the “ladies love me”. (Sigh) Oh god, here we go with that bikini-clad brainiac, Rachel. I hate her already.

Kathy is a deputy sheriff, who says she’s going to “bust everybody in the house”. Monet is seen shopping, and says she has to live with people who live up to her standards. Matt is a “genius”, but I have hope for him as he appears to be into indie rock.

Annie claims to know everything about the game, and will “do whatever it takes to win”. Lane babbles about getting his hands dirty as we see him working on his farm. Enzo is a Jeresey meatball. Literally.

Brendon is another shirtless wonder, and is a swim coach. Kristen is shown doing shots on top of the bar, while Ragan is shown teaching a class on “lying, cheating, and backstabbing”. Um, yeah.

Everybody supposedly has an hour to get ready after receiving their keys (yeah, right), and hijinks occur. It’s all so staged, and they all babble silliness that fits their earlier stereotypical comments. They all kiss their loved ones goodbye, except for Ragan who gives his dog a smooch.

We jump right into the moment where they move into the BB house. Julie welcomes them with the usual opening platitudes about best friends and enemies...oh, and that “anything can happen”. WE GET IT!!! She sends four into the house, and it’s just like in the Real World with everybody running around screaming and attempting to claim beds.

Champagne is poured, and they all introduce themselves. Matt doesn’t want the others to know he is a “certifiable genius”, and Rachel also decides to portray herself as an idiot with big breasts. Monet says she’s “ditzy”, and Enzo agrees. Ragan wants to form an alliance with Brendan, and hopes he’s secretly gay. Kristen, meanwhile thinks Hayden is “cute and lovable”.

Andrew lies and says he’s an unemployed daytrader instead of a doctor becuase he doesn’t want to put a target on his back. Annie says she has immediately fallen in love with Enzo because of his Jersey accent. Zagan, meanwhile, also lies about his profession for some silly reason. Britney loves the fact he’s a “flaming homosexual”, and just knows they’ll be best buds. Oooh, Annie is bisexual, but doesn’t want anybody to know.

After a commercial break, Julie goes on and on once again about the dumb saboteur twist. She has them all gather in the living room, and babbles the “expect the unexpected” line for what will undoubtedly be a thousand times this season. She breaks the news, and you can guess the reaction. Enzo hates “rats”, you know. Ugh, Julie adds that this twist makes it the “most challenging Big Brother ever”. After a creepy computerized tape package, they all babble about how frightening this is.

Another commercial break, and they’re all still acting paranoid about the twist. Julie again gathers them into the living room to announce the first HOH competition. She gives the whole spiel about how important it is, and the power that goes with it. Andrew immediately volunteers to sit out, and Enzo says that immediately makes him a suspect. What? Wouldn’t it make more sense for him to be playing if he is supposed to sabotage it. Julie reminds him that by sitting out he’s not eligible to be HOH, but he’s still ok with it. They all rearrange a bit to set up the teams, and Julie sends them into the storage room to put on their gear. Poor Andrew has to wear a weiner costume.

They head to the backyard to a giant set involving hot dogs, and Rachel says she wants “to jump on those big weiners”. Oh Lord. Julie lets Andrew know that although he can’t be HOH, by being mascot he’s safe from eviction this week. The others are not that happy about this.

For the weinie roast, a member of each team has to jump on one of the big weinies, and the rest of the team has to pull a big pulley to get them across the course. Kristen immediately falls, and has to start over. Annie, though, cruises right across and grabs a $10k prize. Monet does the same for her team, but she’s worried that she’ll now be a target with that kind of money. Britney is grossed out by the ketchup and mustard, and immediately falls...as do most of the others.

Rachel takes matters into her own hands by stripping off one of her shirts. Hayden doesn’t want to win HOH, but does realize that he has to help his team win. They toss Kristen to the top of the weinie, and she sails across. They  make a similar attempt with Britney, but she continues to fall off. Brendon decides to wedge a shirt on the top, but instead they wheel him across.

Britney again falls, and besides a blurred-out boob, she has hurt her knee. Andrew wants to do his duty as a doctor, but remember he lied about that fact? Instead, the deputy sheriff jumps in, and after rubbing Britney for a bit she proclaims her as “hurt”. Yes, she’s a genius. With newfound drama, it’s time for another commercial break.

When we return, Britney is still “seriously hurt”, and Monet thinks that could mean she’s the saboteur. A medic comes out to look at her, and Matt says that it’s the best thing to happen as he and Hayden make a bit of a deal. Julie says the medic has recommended that she sit otu the rest of the competition if she wants, but she’s already squealed in delight. The other team gets to pick a replacement for her among those that have already crossed, and they choose Kristen because she’s shorter and would have a more difficult time getting over again.

The contest resumes, and it’s a “dead tie”, as Enzo claims. Kristen makes it back over once again, and Rachel is now upset that she was the one her team chose. Kathy is having troubles, and while they plot to get her across Matt makes it across. They only have Hayden left, and Kathy continues to fall. Maybe she’s the saboteur.

Hayden successfully makes it across, and he’s the first HOH of the summer, with Monet the big money winner. Annie is not happy because she believes that it will be people from her team that are on the block. Hmmm, before we head to a commercial we’re given a chance to vote for who we think is the saboteur, which means we won’t find out until next Thursday. Oh come on, just let us know already.

When we return, Julie says we can send in our “saboteur ideas”. Yeah, that should be good. Tonight, though, their great idea is to turn off the lights in the house. Britney, though, just thinks it’s a technical difficulty, but Enzo knows that it’s an “act of sabotage...you have to get up a little bit early in the morning to get one past the Jersey kid”. Oh god.

Right after Enzo says that when the lights come back on the saboteur will be missing, we see Brendon in one of the bedrooms. He claims that he felt that lights out meant that BB wanted them to go to bed. At the same time, Andrew decides it is a good time to pay some pranks. Great idea, “day trader”. The lights come back on, and as they’re giving Andrew grief the saboteur voice comes back on to announce that the storage room is now locked. We end with them pointing fingers at Brendon, Andrew, and each other.

So far, so good. Nobody really annoyed me, although I have a feeling Enzo, Rachel, and a couple of others will real soon! See you Sunday!