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Monday
Apr082013

A Couple of Odds And Ends

There have been a lot of questions coming our way these past few weeks, so I thought I'd throw a quick post up here. How the hell have you all been this winter, by the way? Personally, I have a new side gig that is taking up a lot of time, which is why...

No, I'm not watching Big Brother Canada. Ok, I take that back. I'm watching the actual broadcasts on YouTube. I'm not, however, watching the feeds. There are many factors why, including the new second job as a music writer for the local newspaper (Argus Leader). This is also a much busier TV time than summer, so I am constantly struggling to empty my DVR.

The main reason I'm not watching, though, is pure lack of interest. Yes, it is an all-noob cast, so one of my Big Brother US dreams is being fulfilled up north. Outside of that, I don't have much positive to say. They have completely copied the U.S. formula - HOH, POV, Have-nots, slop, etc. They've even recycled all of the speeches before the various ceremonies, including the much derided "who wants to see my HOH room?" There are a couple of elements borrowed from other countries, though. There's a telephone AND a talking moose that give the players tasks to win dinners and booze.

I'm also not taking a liking to the cast. I don't really hate anybody, though, except for possibly the recently evicted glitter king, Gary. I just haven't developed any positive OR negative feelings about the rest of the cast. I have nobody to root for or against. They're all just dead weight.

One of this site's other contributors, Ash, is a big, big fan, though, so if you do want updates then you should click her twitter link on the left side of this page.

Ok, now on to the other big news. Last week, it was announced that CBS was taking over this year's live feeds. They will not be handled by Superpass. Obviously, this raises a million questions, and we really don't have any answers. As more details emerge, I'm sure Mike will be quick to update the site, and we may even do an early Big Brother Gossip Show episode to explain everything. 

Don't forget, though, that this season will be starting a couple of weeks early. The season premiere is currently scheduled for June 26. What does that mean for this season? Who knows, but it does indicate that there will probably be even more contestants than last year.

What would you like to see happen this year? Do you disagree with my critique of the Canadian version? Have at me, my friends. It's been awhile since I've had hate mail. :)

Wednesday
Jul062011

What If There Were No More Live Feeds?

I have a question for you.  If the live feeds for Big Brother here in the U.S.A. were no longer available, would you still watch the shows?

The reason I ask that is because of what will be happening to The UK's Big Brother this season.  Channel 5, which has taken over the handling of Big Brother from Channel 4, will no longer be offering live feeds for our fellow BB diehards across the pond.

Channel 5 has decided to forego live streaming of their Big Brother content for video highlights.  There will be a Facebook app that will provide "real-time news, extra video content and the ability to vote out housemates online." (Don't get your feathers ruffled my fellow BB USA watchers, BB UK fans have always had the ability to vote out their hamsters.)  I don't know if their fans will also be able to vote out their houseguests the old fashioned way or view highlights and news also on the channel's website but I think all of this really sucks for them.

Despite what Mark Zuckerberg and the media want you to believe, not everybody is on Facebook - myself included - but that's beside the point. So they would have to pay for their vote to eliminate a houseguest with Facebook Credits (their own currency which you have to pay real money for). So they have the ability to watch exclusive video. So the social aspect of Facebook combined with The UK's Big Brother Facebook page will take away traffic from their Big Brother sites created by their fans. I could go on and on but I won't because what really sucks is they won't get to watch live feeds anymore.

As the article in that link above mentions, their live feeds were cut in 2009 but brought back for what was believed to have been their last season last year. With the switch to Channel 5 this year, their fans were hoping the live feeds would stay with them. They are quite disappointed now.

What if that were to happen here? What if CBS and Allison Grodner told Real Networks (or any other company that had the ability to provide the live feeds) that their services were no longer needed? What if CBS told us that we'll just have to make do with the clips they put on their website and that they would create a Facebook page for us to follow the goings on in the house?

Would you continue to be a Big Brother fan? Would you continue to watch the shows aired three times a week? Would you believe even less the 'storyline' that was fed to us on the show? Or would you just stop watching altogether?

I'm curious to read about what you think and what you would do if this were to happen here. Let your thoughts rip in the comments below!

Friday
Jul302010

Sweet Andrew

While we wait to find out the results of the luxury competition going on right now, check out Julie Chen's extended interview with Andrew.

He's a really sweet guy and I felt for him a couple of times watching it. Good luck to you Andrew!

Wednesday
Jul212010

Almost Can't Watch

Folks, I'm having a hard time with this season's houseguests. Tomorrow night will make two weeks that the live feeds have been on and I almost can't bring myself to watch them. I have never felt this way after two weeks in. I can't imagine how boring the final two weeks will be. Can you imagine watching two of any of these people in the house the final week? 

I am tired of CBS forcing the Brendon/Rachel fauxmance down my throat. The minute those two idiots are together in a room (especially when they're making out), they have to put all of the feeds on them. I'm sorry but I can't stand either of these two people. And then to show me two different camera angles of them making out or crying or massaging or talking about science is enough to make me ill. Stop it CBS! I know damned good and well that there are other idiots in the house that are more entertaining to watch.

And now we have this stupid Kristen and Hayden showmance? Give me a break. They're trying to keep it so secret to everybody but most of the house knows about them. (And I'm sure by now that Kristen's boyfriend and Hayden's girlfriend know about it.) I really feel for Andrew having to try and sleep next their makeout sessions. Oh and Kristen, stop being such a tease. Either tell him you're just going to kiss and cuddle or let the guy get his rocks off.

Kathy is the biggest waste of space in the house this season though. The only thing entertaining about her is watching her constantly cockblock Rachel and Brendon up in the HOH room. She's useless at competitions, not very smart, and needs to be taught how to apply mascara properly.

Monet is a boring whiner. Britney is a catty bitch. I'm sick of watching Andrew skate by and not participate in house activities because of his religion. The only thing adorable about Lane is that he's dumb as rocks. And I don't even know where to begin with Enzo. The only halfway interesting people in the house are Matt and Ragan and that's pretty sad. Because in previous seasons they would have been known as shadows in the house. 

Last night we were treated to a house meeting because Rachel didn't like rumors she was hearing about the house not voting Monet out. I'm sorry Rachel, but you have no power anymore and the rest of the house is gunning for your boyfriend's ass next week. Shut up and deal with it. People don't have to do what you want them to do and if they decide to flip and get rid of Matt instead of Monet that's your problem.

I would have preferred a house meeting over the guys keeping the toilet seat up or people wiping their boogers on the kitchen counter or being too loud at night. Those would have been more interesting meetings to have.

Grodner, give these idiots something to do in the house. Or at the very least, give us a better choice of what to watch on the feeds. I don't care about Brenchel and Krayden!!!