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Thursday
Jun212012

Twitter, Big Brother 14 and The Glass House

Hey all, over the last few years we have become more and more dependent on social sites like Twitter (I tweet as @BBGossip) and Facebook (I have an account I honestly don't use much - facebook.com/indy.mike) but that sometimes can cause problems. Specifically today when Twitter went down for a bit - many were in a panic. So please take the time right now to bookmark this site as well as ILoveReality.com. You might also notice over in the right hand column I have links to other sites if you want to check out more Big Brother content.

Enough about Twitter, now you know what to do when it fails us again, and it will.

On the Big Brother 14 front, what is new? A few things to fill you in on.

I believe some of the media gets to check out the house on Friday so expect pictures and news items in the next few days. We have also had a few commercials out and about - and in those there have been 'teases' that this season there will be more house guests than ever before - that would mean at least 17 since Big Brother 9 had 16 to start. The commercials have also implied 4 big surprises, that could mean anything so other than speculating it might mean 4 alumni return I'm not going to guess.

The cast may be revealed on July 2nd - that's a Monday and just over a week before the show begins. That tidbit of info came from a Canadian site that I consider reliable.

Other than that not a whole lot of info yet. I did just find out that, unlike previously reported, flashback will not be available on iOS devices yet again this year - thats a bummer but it still should be available on most Droid devices and even WebOS devises once the season kicks off. You will of course need the live feeds subscription to see flashback and the live feeds and the Big Brother Early Bird Special continues through July 11th so you have lots of time to sigh up - but why not do it now!

Finally, ABC's upstart show The Glass House:

I wish I had nice things to say about this show, well, I guess I can say a couple:

  1. The house looks really cool - lots of glass and an almost futuristic look.
  2. The way people enter and exit through the elevator is neat.
  3. The microphone necklaces are MUCH better than Big Brothers wireless mic packs - at least they seem that way when we listen on the live feeds.

There, that's three. Now here are just a few negatives:

  1. Only Seven hours of live feeds a week - and those seven are extremely structured with virtually no time for us to listen to the house guests have a normal conversation.
  2. Really bad internet presence. The official twitter account is lame and today didn't even remind us the feeds were on until 35 minutes into them - not good when you only are on one hour in the middle of the day.
  3. The voting is very confusing. Jacob and Alex are gone and we are now voting on who we would like to stay - from ALL of the remaining 10 house guests - even though we have no real sense of who they are and won't know much until next monday's show when we will have to pick between just two. Why vote all week and then toss out all but two votes and then only give us 12 hours to vote for those two. Do you understand? Confused? I'm not even sure I have it right and I've been TRYING to watch it and figure it out!
  4. The popularity contest eliminates the 'bad guys' - I have always been one that thought the original version of Big Brother had some merits because we got to vote the people out - but its very apparent that at least nowadays - the people voting are going to eliminate the 'mean' people. Alex had a chance to get back in the house since Jacob quit but America decided he should stay out - even though 'America' told him to act like an ass. Of course we didn't see the results of his actions before it was too late or we might have, given the opportunity, told him to kiss and make up and beg forgiveness.
  5. Only one show a week - 10pm on Mondays is probably about as buried as you can get - and as I type this most people have no clue Alex is not coming back. The house already has two new captains and have probably even had their competition and are just waiting to see which HG is sent to limbo along with the losing team captain.
  6. HG Twitter accounts - a GOOD idea that is wasted with really pointless tweets by the HGs - Gene has over 50 tweets now and I'm not sure I have learned anything about the gameplay.

I could go on and on but the point is this show needs some serious work. The cast itself isn't bad to me. I mean this could be the Big Brother 14 cast - they have the couple of old people and the gay guy and a couple minorities - it is very similar to Big Brother casts - but in this house and they way they are being presented to us online - I can't get into them.

Sorry ABC - I really wanted to like the show!

I'm posting this here and on ILoveReality.com as I do with a lot of my posts before the Big Brother season kicks off - at that point that site will become much less opinion and much more an update of what is going on in the house - while here of course there are others that post along with me and you are able to comment. So please check out both sites and again, bookmark them so when twitter goes down you won't be lost!

Friday
Jun152012

Glass House update. Show premieres tonight.

A couple news items today actually - this first one is about the ABC show Glass House.  The show will finally have its first episode tonight at 10pm Eastern after we were given 1 hour of 'live feeds' on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this past week.  I hate to say it but most Big Brother fans were not too impressed and we hope that maybe tonight's show and the 4 hours of 'live feeds' after the show will get our excitement level going.

The lawsuit seems to be in limbo for the moment - on Friday the current judge said he would not stop the show from airing but CBS is welcome to pursue a lawsuit if they like.

In the actual house itself it is hard to say what is going on since we haven't seen the house guests since Thursday and that was to watch them play dodgeball and do yoga with an instructor brought into the house (yes, unlike Big Brother it seems they can have visitors that are allowed to interract other than the occasional celebrity or former HG seen in some seasons of Big Brother).

I think that Alex and Jacob are the two people up to be eliminated.  It sounds like maybe the first week was a men vs women thing since America could not pick the team captains.  I then assume that the men lost the competition so Alex (being my assumed male team captain) was automatically nominated and the other men picked Jacob to be up against him.  In theory WE get to pick which of those two is thrown out of the house.

Got all that?  See if I am right tonight.

 

 

Wednesday
Jun062012

Big Brother 14 kicks off July 12th - ABC Glass House starts June 18th

Let me get this out of the way first.  Big Brother starts July 12th.  Well the show starts July 12th - the HGs will be in the house for several days beforehand as usual.  This is a week later than the normal start time, perhaps CBS is trying to shorten the run.  In 2007 - BB8 premired on Thursday, July 5th.  Either way - July 12th is when it kicks off so I get one extra week to relax before life goes crazy!

Well - I guess maybe I don't, have you heard about ABC's new entry into the reality TV world?  Glass House will start June 18th and it promises limited live streaming (which kicks off Monday, June 11th).  Here is a list of the contestants:

Alex, bail bondsman (age 25) – Dallas, TX
Andrea, bookkeeper (age 31) – Valencia, CA
Apollo, poet/author (age 28) – Phoenix, AZ
Ashley, paralegal (age 30) – New Orleans, LA
Erica, cocktail waitress (age 27) – Denver, CO
Gene, stuntman (age 28) – Chicago, IL
Jacob, cook (age 28) – Coos Bay, OR
Jeffrey, receptionist (age 35) – Brooklyn, NY
Joy, nurse (age 27) – Fredericksburg, VA
Kevin, police sergeant (age 33) – Toledo, OH
Melissa, freelance journalist (age 31) – Chicago, IL
Mike, bar mitzvah DJ (age 48) – Pembroke, MA
Robin, blogger (age 43) – Washington, DC
Stephanie, scientist (age 32) – Boston, MA

I may write more later on Glass House - ABC has also promised fan interraction with Poll's - here is the FAQ on ABS's site: http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/the-glass-house/show-faq

And there you have it - discuss if you like!  More on Big Brother and Glass House soon!