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Stunt Casting

Will house guests from previous seasons spend another summer in the Big Brother house? Or will viewers be treated to an all-new cast for #BB16?

It has been just shy of 11 months since my first-ever Big Brother exposure. As the new season approaches, my guess is that the show will continue to provide plenty of Newbie Desk topics to write about. Take, for example, what was probably our #1 off-season lunchtime conversation topic (after all the #BB15 drama faded away):

Stunt casting.

In the movies and even in scripted television, it's the practice of giving roles (especially bit parts or temporary roles) to A-list actors to sell more tickets and/or to amp up the ratings.

In Big Brother, stunt casting refers to bringing house guests from previous seasons back to the house for all or part of a new season. It also refers to casting people who have ties to Big Brother, to another reality show, and/or to the entertainment industry in general.

Some fans really like it -- much of #BB15 Elissa's popularity amongst viewers was attributed to the fact that she is the sister of #BB12 house guest and #BB13 winner Rachel, for example. Others suggest somewhat vehemently that stunt casting puts new house guests at an unfair disadvantage and/or detracts from the purity of the game and/or is just a lazy way for CBS to produce and hype the show.

Just about everybody (the casts of seasons 1-14) is still new to me, so is this worth my caring? Actually, yes: I would like to experience a season with an all-new cast, just like the long-time fans amongst all of you got to do back in the early seasons. I'm not ready to desire the twists brought on by having previous game experience, or by being a relative of people with game experience, or by being in any way closely acquainted with people with game experience.

As you know, #BB15 was in many ways the "freshest" cast in years, so there's that. I wondered whether CBS would decide it's time for another "All Stars" season -- and there are, in fact, rumors out there tied to the observation that some past cast members have gone quiet on social media lately. And obviously the producers seem to feel the need to change things up to retain old fans and attract new ones because even the über-popular reality shows eventually crash and burn (think American Idol).

Even so, please, CBS, give us a cast of absolute beginners. Sure, change the game around a bit. But please confine the twists to the game, not the casting process!

For my own benefit and that of other newer Big Brother fans, I thought it might help to go back in time to see how often the producers have turned to stunt casting -- for actual house guests, not Pandora or other game-related cameos.

Seasons 1 through 6: All-new casts each time.

Season 7: This was an "All Stars" season. Since the cast members were, by definition, experienced players, #BB7 was not guilty of stunt casting.

Seasons 8 through 10: All-new casts.

Season 11: #BB10's Jessie returned. Twelve new house guests entered the house on Day 1 and four potential returning cast members (including Jessie) had to wait for their assigned "clique" to win the first HOH competition. Jessie's "Athletes Clique" won HOH, so he became house guest #13 and lasted until his Day 40 eviction.

Season 12: This all-new cast gave us future repeaters Britney, Brandon, and Rachel.

Season 13, the "past couples twist" season: Eight newbies started and were told to form pairs. Additionally, six previous house guests moved in as pairs. They were Dick (#BB8), Danielle (Dick's daughter, also #BB8), Brendon (#BB12), Rachel (#BB12), Jeff (#BB11), and Jordan (#BB11). Porsche, while technically a newbie, admitted she was close friends with Janelle (from seasons 6, 7, and 14).

Season 14, the "coaches twist" season: Twelve new house guests, plus returners Janelle (#BB6, #BB7), Mike "Boogie" (#BB2, #BB7), Dan (#BB10), and Britney (#BB12). Willie, although himself new to reality television, is the brother or uncle of two controversial Survivor contestants. JoJo, another newcomer, said in the house that she was aquainted with Enzo (#BB12).

Season 15: An all-new cast -- but, as noted earlier, the asterisk on this season is that Elissa is the sister of two-time house guest (and one-time winner) Rachel.

We will have the answers -- at least some of them -- on Wednesday, June 25, when CBS airs part one of the season premiere "two-night move-in event." Be sure to sign up for the live feeds via this link right here to support your favorite Big Brother fan site!

With CBS just finishing a three-year-long off-season High-Definition broadcast upgrade to the whole house, it seems likely that Seasons 17-20 are virtually guaranteed. Unless ratings absolutely tank, they will want to recoup their investment. So although, yes, I do want to see #BB15's Helen eventually compete again, I'll be content to wait another year or three for a future "All Stars" season. Who do you want to return in #BB16 -- anybody specific, or nobody at all? Share your thoughts in the comments or @uselesstraffic.


Watch Big Brother Canada from outside Canada.

Hi all,  while I personally don't plan on watching Big Brother Canada, which started on Wednesday, I thought I'd share with you my technique for watching the episodes and live feeds online since I live outside Canada and the video on the site is restricted to Canada only.  The feeds are FREE (ad supported) so for those tight on cash its a way to enjoy the Big Brother experience and save a few $$.  Big Brother Canada will last about 10 weeks.

I use a site - plugin called Hola to enable my computer / browser (in my case I am using firefox but it works with Chrome and I believe IE as well) to move about the Canadian web page for Big Brother Canada.  My instructions are for someone using Windows 7 as well - your mileage may vary with other operating systems.  But Hola has options for MANY operating systems on their site.  Without Hola I get a message telling me the content is restricted when I try to view videos.

Here are the 'simple' steps.  I'm not offering tech support - just wanted to pass this on for those with the urge to see whats going on in the Great White North on its second season of Big Brother.

Step 1 - get Hola via this link Sign Up For Hola.

Step 2 - once you have signed up - you can add the unblocking rule via this link: Unblock

Step 3 - Finally if you aren't already on the site via the step above - you should be able to now go to the following and start watching videos including the episodes and the free live feeds: Big Brother Canada Official Site.


By the way, Hola is a great little way to watch LOADS of content that is normally restricted by region.  I used it last year to watch Big Brother Austrailia as well.

On Big Brother 16 - casting continues - you can see all open casting calls listed here: Big Brother Casting Calls.


#BB16 casting & open calls have begun

Tired of merely watching and talking about Big Brother? Now's your chance to live it. Big Brother 16 casting and open calls have begun.

It's an on-line application process at the following site: Submissions are due by April 4, 2014, including a video you'll need to make of yourself up to three minutes long.

Open casting calls have been held so far in Henderson, Nevada and Savannah, Georgia. At this writing, no additional cities have been announced -- but check the site regularly for an open casting call near you.


Evel Dick says Big Brother is still casting.

Thanks to HamsterDame's tweet  - I saw a re-post from Evel Dick's Myspace Page over on"Big Brother Game" (you following me?).  Dick (BB8) writes about a lot of stuff - the part I found interesting was his comment that Big Brother is still looking to cast at least one person.

Read on but be forewarned - Dick still has a potty mouth! ;)


Final thoughts on casting for this season…

I was very disappointed to hear that BB put out a last minute and I mean LAST FUCKING SECOND, call for cast members, I think today…

This means someone they wanted on the show was either vetoed by the upper suits, or someone or someone’s really fucked up right at the end (dumb mother fuckers) but it means that a week before they are to be sequestered that some random last minute choices will be made. I hate that. Not only because it took me 3 fucking years to get on the god damn show and these jerk off’s will get the same opportunity I worked so hard to get in 155 weeks less time, but because these choices are typically clueless about the show, period. They will be stumbling and bumbling around the internet and will be checking sites that promise to make you a reality star and end up going just because it is within walking distance of their job at the gym or because they are a toilet paper changing engineer in the building already, so between the fat guy they need to spray half a can of Lysol because the smell of his shit is creeping out of the toilet and the receptionist in the first office past out due to being overwhelmed by shit smell and the drunk guy that pissed all over the floor, they will go and see if they can get a free summer vacation on tv….

UUUuuuuuuughhhhh! So much goes into the entire process, I find it hard to believe they can find anyone worth a shit in a week, but they do it almost every year. I hear they are looking for a tattooed guy with fucked up hair and a shitty attitude…. where do they come up with this shit?


Same of Dick eh?  I hated/loved him on the show.  He was the best for telling us what was on his mind.

So what do ya think?  I think he has a point - it always sucks when you hear how many people are 'cast' for the show and have never even heard of it - or know how it is played - however there have also been some pretty decent players that figure it out as they go along and do really well.

Thanks to HamsterDame for catching the post by Big Brother Game and thanks to Dick for still taking the time to fill us in on whats up in the Big Brother world!

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