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Entries in Allison Grodner (4)

Thursday
Dec192013

Nothing to see here - but have happy holiday season!

Hi there,

In order to keep the internet gods happy I need to make a post to the site so Amazon doesn't think we've stopped publishing.  In the immortal words of Whoville - "We are here! We are here!"

That being said - I have nothing 'new' to report.  I have been following the Big Brother 15 hgs from a distance via Twitter and most are still VERY active in updating and promoting themselves.  There is even some fighting still going on between a few.  Alas David has blocked me so I can't tell you what he is up to, but I can assure you up until the moment he blocked me I only learned that it was likely a good thing he was the first HG voted out last season.

If you want to see a timeline of all the #BB15 houseguests on twitter (all have accounts) you can click here (may not work on some mobile devices!!): https://twitter.com/BBGossip/lists/big-brother-15-hgs - Alas David is no longer on that feed (see aforementioned 'block').

I did enjoy Big Brother Austrailia which wrapped up a month or so ago, its amazing how different that version is compared to the USA & Canadia version (both the USA and Canadian version are unique in that all other versions let the viewers vote on who stays or goes).

In Big Brother 16 news...... I have mostly none.  No official confirmation on a cast - if it will be new Hgs or All Stars or some combination.  No info on if Allison Grodner is staying on or leaving the show.  Just a whole lot of nothing to pass on.  Sorry!

Take care and have a great New Year and all that stuff!!

Saturday
Sep142013

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

Last week, it was announced that David Goldberg, the head of the North American branch of Endemol, will be stepping down later this year. Endemol is the production company that owns Big Brother, and word is that he’s not the only person affiliated with the show that will not be a part of next season.

Yes, it seems that the wishes of a lot of hardcore fans may be coming true, as there are tons of rumors that Big Brother executive producer Allison Grodner and casting director Robyn Kass will also be let go. Finally!

The real question, however, if these rumors are true is how much will the show actually change? The gut reaction from most hardcore seem to believe that the entire format will be gutted, but I doubt that this will be the case. Certain aspects will be tweaked, and it’s probably safe to say that Grodner’s favorite pets (Jesse, Jeff/Jordan, the Reilly family) will finally be taken off the Rolodex, but there’s no way that the show will suddenly ape the formats of other countries.

What I’d like to see is a format that isn’t so reliant on competitions. In fact, let’s just get rid of most of them altogether. Completely scrap the have/have-not silliness. Let the entire house vote on nominations, and make that the prime focus of Sunday’s episode. Keep the veto competition, and allow the winner to not only save a nominee but also put up a replacement for Wednesday’s show. As much as I don’t trust the American public to vote, I can see giving them the power to decide who they want to save for the Thursday eviction episode.

Let’s also revamp the diary room. Currently, it’s only used for narration purposes, and their semi-scripted, catchphrase-dependent commentary is getting more embarrassing every year. Is there really any purpose to hear the usual “xxxx just can’t win the most important HOH of the year” silliness?

I want the diary room to be more honest about what’s going on, and more timely. If two people have a disagreement, show them going to the diary room to talk to “Big Brother”. The public can handle chats that are longer than a couple of sentences to describe their thoughts about what just happened.

My ideas for casting is pretty easy. This may be a bit shocking to most critics of this season, but they were on the correct path this year. Either have an entirely new cast, or nothing but returnees. No mixing! No stunt casting of a relative, especially if tied to a public vote that gives them an unfair advantage. If “All-Stars” is the plan for next year, do so in an interesting matter. Why not something like people who never made jury? Or favorites versus villains?

As for twists, I have to say again that outside of the stunt casting they did a pretty good job this year. The MVP twist could have been great if Elissa didn’t have that advantage the first two weeks, and the lack of Pandora/DPOV added some legitimacy to what happened in the later parts of the series. You can’t have these types of gimmicks just to save a Grodner/fanbase favorite. Just because a favorite player was evicted, or there is unhappiness with the final three, is not a valid reason for a twist that questions the credibility of the show.

These are just a few of my thoughts about next season. What about you? Do you want some changes for next year? Share some ideas!

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.

 

 

 

Thursday
Jul092009

Grodner Interview In TV Guide

TV Guide has a preview of this year's hamsters, and for the most part it's the usual drivel recycling each cast member's cliches. The only items of real interest are the opening paragraphs where Allison Grodner explains the "green" and "high school clique" themes of this year:

Nobody ever really leaves high school behind—and that’s the twist of Big Brother 11 (premiering Thursday, July 9, 8/7c). “This season you won’t need to wait for the houseguests to form alliances,” says executive producer Allison Grodner. “We’re immediately going to divide them into high-school cliques, depending on where they would have sat in the cafeteria—the popular kids, the athletes, the super-smart ones and the off-beat ones.” A mystery 13th houseguest—rumored to be a popular, hell-raising contestant from BB’s past—will appear at the end of the first episode and join one of the four groups.

“We’re asking the houseguests to live green this season,” adds Grodner. The design of the BB house is heavy on eco-friendly reconstituted wood, while the prized Head of Household bedroom is designed like a seaside suite at Big Sur, complete with driftwood and a waterfall. Houseguests will be required to sort and recycle leftover food into a compost bin and tend to a backyard vegetable garden they can eat from when they lose a food competition. What? Food restriction is no longer just slop? “It’s going to be so much bigger than that,” Grodner says. “The food competition isn’t only about food anymore—if you fail to win, it can also affect your living conditions in the house. We’re calling it the Haves and the Have Nots. You might lose hot-water privileges and have to take cold showers. You might be forced to sleep in one of the bedrooms that’s the worst we’ve ever had on BB in terms of its comfort and privacy level. It’s the kind of thing that could trigger big power shifts in the house.”