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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.

 

 

 

Monday
Jun072010

31 days to Big Brother 12


Alrighty folks, start getting ready. Big Brother is right around the corner. The ads are on tv and everyone is ramping up for the show which will hit the airwaves on July 8th.

Here is what I know (very little) and what I am guessing is going on currently......

CBS reports that the casting is officially over. However based on past seasons - if you are in your 20s and have an agent and live in the LA area - you might still yet be cast for the show.

A very small amount of the house guests each year are actually found by casting - most are actually discovered by the casting people or agents send in people from their 'stable' they think fit the kind of characters they need for the show.

If it hasn't happened already, the people that have been cast will be moved into individual hotel rooms to keep them isolated for the most part (although previous cast members have said they ate together but were not supposed to talk). For a little Big Brother trivia, it was at this point during Big Brother 4 that Brandon Showalter lost his chance to be in the Big Brother house when he broke out of his hotel room to call his girlfriend (I'll post that story soon). He was replaced by Jee Choe who was the "ex" of eventual winner Jun Song.

Around July 3rd or 4th the HGs that have made the cut will be moved into the Big Brother house and the taping will begin. We won't get to see them live until after the July 8th season premiere but they will use the tape compiled from the time the HGs enter the house until July 8th for the first couple of shows.

The live feeds - in my opinion THE reason to watch Big Brother will be back - I haven't heard any 'new' news in this area but I assume we will once again have four feeds and the ability to flashback to parts earlier in the feeds (but not before July 8th). This is a great feature as it allows all of us to go back and watch anything we missed over and over again (can you say Chima's mic tossing or Ronnie's calling out?).

Big Brother After Dark will also be shown again so those with showtime will get a few hours of the show - in the past it was 12am - 3am Eastern - I'd assume this will be the case again.

Feel free to ask away in the comments section if you have any questions and one of use will give the best answer we have.

One last thing - the 'staff' of Big Brother Gossip will be growing a bit this season. I'm still not sure who all will be participating but I would expect at least two or three new faces - all long time Big Brother fans. I'm looking forward to the new folks helping out as well as the others that have helped in the past!