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Saturday
Jun122010

Hello From Scott

Since the world-famous HamsterDame introduced herself, I guess I should do the same.

My name is Scott Hudson, and I've been writing for IndyMike's sites for the past four seasons. Unlike most BB commentators, though, I'm not a fan of reality shows. I gave Survivor one season, American Idol one episode, and outside of a couple of VH1 "whorefests" I don't give any of the other shows a second of my time.

So why am I here commenting on Big Brother? It's pretty simple, really. The live feeds (and Showtime broadcasts) allow us to actually watch (almost) every second the hamsters are inside the BB compound. We see the boredom, the inane conversations about meaningless topics, the creation of idiotic (and generally short-lived) alliances, and the shit-stirring that a contestant or two inevitably masterminds. We also get hints at how producers subtly create situations that can change the outcome of the game. Those who view the live feeds indeed get to actually know these people in ways that are impossible on any other reality show.

Seeing how this footage is edited into TV storylines is always fascinating to me, particularly when a contestant's TV image is dramatically different than what we endure on a daily basis. Season eight's Amber, for example, was given an all-American girl makeover for the CBS broadcasts, instead of the whiny, constantly crying imbecile that caused me to constantly mute my live feed audio. Even last year's controversial outbursts from Chima were drastically neutered when they were aired later in the week.

Now that we have my anti-reality bias out in the open, here's what you need to know about my "style". I already noted that I can be a bit wordy. Why use 5 words when you can write 5 paragraphs? I'm also quite sarcastic (big surprise, I know), and am not afraid to say that certain people annoy the hell out of me. Just remember that I don't take myself or the show too seriously. If I say that an individual needs to be put out of MY misery, that certainly doesn't mean that I think all of their fans are idiots. We're all going to have different impressions of everybody involved with the show, and there's nothing wrong with opposing views. I'm sure that's exactly why IndyMike has so many of us writing here. 

I'm also not a big fan of cliches. I hate alliances, especially those made in the first day or week of the show. I hate tired phrases such as "it is what it is". I hate CBS' rarely-altered directorial formula. I hate when it's a crime against nature when an alliance member has idle chit-chat with "enemies". Most importantly, I tend to be against anybody who thinks they're untouchable. 

There is one thing that I'm not against, though - attractive women in bikinis. :) However, please don't confuse my admiration for bare skin as being prejudicial when it comes to game play. It's actually rare that my choice to win is the person who looks best laying out in the backyard.

So here's to a great season!

Saturday
Jun122010

Hello Everybody!

Welcome everybody to my new home for Big Brother!

Some of you know my name and some of you don't.  I previously wrote about Big Brother over at the Silly Hamsters blog for Real Networks from BB6 to BB11.  I enjoyed every one of the six seasons I blogged there and will miss that place.  However, I am extremely excited about blogging here at Big Brother Gossip.  Let me give you a little background on myself.

My screen name, HamsterDame, was a little bit of a different take on a screen name I was using (and still use) on a certain Big Brother message board.  Like many others, I think of the houseguests as hamsters in a cage.  They're doing only what they can do in a confined space but are ultimately at the hands of their master and they're there for our amusement.  I'm a female (and still thirty-something!) so there, you have how I got my name.  In real life I'm named Lori, but most call me just HD online.

I've been watching Big Brother since the very beginning.  I've never missed a show (except for that whole Hurricane Rita situation but I went back and watched what I missed) and have had the feeds every single season.  Like many of you, I just can't resist watching these people every year.  It's an addicting thing to be given access to following the moves of utter strangers without being watched back. We judge them, we criticize them, we cheer them, we criticize them again, and then we just wonder about them.  

Who is really being themself in the house and who is faking it?  Are they playing a game or are they letting the chips fall where they may?  Are they there for personal achievement or financial gain?  Are they there as a fan or as a contestant?  As any long-time fan knows, it's really a mix of everything above.  We scrutinize their movements, their facial expressions, their lies, their truths, their brains, and their hearts.

So yeah, I love Big Brother.  I know you do as well or you wouldn't be here.

I'm really excited to be blogging here on Big Brother Gossip this season.  I've known Indymike (who runs this site) for many years now and he's a great guy. You don't have to worry about censoring your opinions (which is a HUGE reason why I'm happy to be here) so don't be afraid to tell everybody what you think.  Just remember to still have some respect for what your fellow viewers feel and think.  In the end, we all only want the same thing - an exciting and entertaining season of Big Brother!

Drop a note in the comments for me, Indymike, Scott (another name you'll see very often on here), and the many others who write on Big Brother Gossip.  Let's wish for a fun and exciting season of Big Brother!  Please follow me on Twitter! And thanks to everybody who's read my writing from BB6 until now.  I love you all!

Friday
Jun112010

Big Brother 3's Tonya Casper in jail on wreckless homicide charges.

Maybe I saw this last year or maybe I was too busy, but did you know Tonya Casper, known to fans as the Las Vegas blonde with implants from BB3, was involved in a 5 car accident which resulted in two deaths?

Apparently she rear-ended a car which in turn flipped over - and two passengers in that car ened up dead. One when he was thrown out of the car and the other as he was hit by yet another vehicle while standing outside the flipped vehicle.

Turns out Tonya was "under the influence" (edit - I have been corrected and indeed - Tonya was not specifically charged with 'drunk' driving as I had originally stated - one of the charges is quoted as "aggravated driving under the influence" - my apologies) and the driver of the car she hit was on some type of drugs (he was charged with "driving under the influence of drugs").

Prosecutors have decided to charge Tonya with reckless homicide since she started the whole accident. She's in jail in Springfield Illinois on a one million dollar bond.

I guess these things will happen over time to random people and with so many Big Brother alum the odds will begin to mount agains them - but this makes at least three former Big Brother houseguests that we know of that have been jailed this year with BB9's Adam and Matt being the other two.

You can read the entire story here: Springfield woman arrested, charged in '09 double-fatal crash

Wednesday
Jun092010

Big Brother Gossip On The Move

Well howdy everyone, welcome to the new site.  Hopefully it really doesn't look 'new' to you - I have simply moved the blog to a new host which I hope in the end means a few improvements for both the reader and those who contribute.

Please have patience as you check things out - all the old posts from previous seasons should be here.  The comment area is a bit differnet - hopefully it will be better and easier for us to control.

I have also tried to redirect the feed for thos that have subscribed - hopefully it works and you don't see much difference!

There will be several new faces contributing this year, all Big Brother fans I have known for years.

And on that note, its late so I am off to bed.  Hopefully everyone finds there way here over the next few weeks!!



Tuesday
Jun082010

Audio Interview with Allison Grodner.

Here is an interview with Allison Grodner - it runs about 15 minutes and these are some highlights:

  • The theme this season may be a "summer camp" kind of thing.
  • Allison doesn't have any plans for this or next season (if CBS wants it) to be the last.
  • No definitive number of HGs for this season, she said anywhere from 12-14.
  • Will the fans have a vote this year? Maybe - it seemed to hinge on the number in the jury.
  • Allison admits that at times the producers have checked out the various live feeds on the internet when they think they missed something.
  • An all star season might be possible next year.