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Saturday
Jun212014

Big Brother Gossip #401: America F**k Yeah!

Tonight's first episode of the Big Brother Gossip Show ran through the bios of the entire #BB16 cast, and also discussed some of the various twists that Julie Chen hinted at earlier this week. This show is available on iTunes and Stitcher, but you can...

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Thanks to everybody who tuned into Mixlr to hear our live broadcast!!!

Saturday
Jun212014

How To Listen To The Big Brother Gossip Show!

It’s hard to believe that tonight marks the first episode of a new season of Big Brother Gossip Shows. It seems like forever since Mike, Colette, and I last bickered and whined about what was happening on our favorite TV show.

Tonight at 10 pm ET we will be running down our thoughts on the new cast and the various twists (and rumors of twists) that were announced earlier this week. However, there are some changes to how we bring you our show.

If you don’t listen live, nothing has changed. If you subscribe to us via iTunes, the show will probably automatically download to your account. If you utilize Stitcher, it will be available sometime late tonight.

For those that listen to us live, there are drastic changes. Yet it will also be even easier to hear us than ever before. There will no longer be Ustream ads interrupting our live show, and you’ll be able to listen to us anywhere.

Instead of Ustream, we’re going to be live-streaming via a service called Mixlr. They do have an iPhone/iPad app, so if you want to hear us on the road go download it now. When it gets close to showtime, just do a search for Big Brother Gossip Show and you’ll be able to listen and chat.

If you’re at home, either head to bigbrothergossip or bigbrotherpodcast. You’ll see a Mixler box like this at the side of the page:

If you’re not interested in the chat, you can just hit play on that after we commence and you’ll be able to hear our show. For those that do want to interact with other listeners, just click on the name of the show, and you’ll see this in a new window:

Create a username to be a part of the chat, click play and you’re in with everybody else!

Please keep in mind that using Mixlr is a bit of an experiment. There is a good chance that we may have some issues. If so, please be patient. If it’s a complete disaster, we’ll just move back over to Ustream next week!

 

Thursday
Jun192014

Scott's #BB16 First Impressions (Part One)

The day we have (not so) patiently been waiting for is finally here! After weeks of rumors, lies, and practical jokes, we were finally introduced to the latest Big Brother cast.

The release of their identities came after a couple of days of sometimes confusing news regarding the season. Two days ago, CBS released pictures of the house. For me, that’s a non-event, but the reception amongst those that I follow on social media was primarily eye-rolling and “WTF”. It’s garish. It’s almost as if an intern or two were sent to Ikea and Hobby Lobby a day or two before the deadline and told to purchase the tackiest items they could find. Oh well. Within a couple of days nobody will pay any more attention to it. (If you want more info, head over to my Big Brother Gossip co-host Colette Lala’s blog.)

Then yesterday, Julie Chen announced the “twists” on her insipid daytime talk show. Seriously, how can anybody watch those hens babble about Taylor Swift, Madonna, and whatever drivel they were babbling?

Chen didn’t completely explain what was going on, which means a lot of “experts” were telling us on twitter exactly what to expect. Yeah, right. What she said is that each week (or until the producers decide to dump the plan) there will be two HOH’s who will nominate two contestants for eviction. These two contestants can be the “other side’s” HOH. There will be a competition of some sort that will ultimately decide which two of these four will be up for eviction.

Oh yeah, and “Team America” will be involved somehow. I’m not pleased about that, especially after you meet one certain member of this year’s cast.

This leads us to today’s cast announcement. The good news is that they’re ALL newbies! No retreads at all. No coaches. No brothers, sisters, moms, or dads of any former Big Brother contestant! That is the best news that I could possibly hear!

Now that my work day is over, I have gathered a big bottle of whiskey, along with some Tums and other necessities to get me through these interview videos. My goal is to get through eight of them tonight, with the rest coming tomorrow after my Live Ledge show on realpunkradio!

Amber Borzotra is a 26 year-old esthetician from Knoxville, TN. Or is she? In her Big Brother Network video, she first announces she’s a model before backtracking to the more professional-sounding gig. She claims to have auditioned, but then admits she really hasn’t watched much. It didn’t take much longer before I was bored with her. She believes she’ll bring a “bubbly attitude” to the house, and hates drama. No! That’s not what we want from our house guests! Instead of listening to her nonsensical theories of the game, and her dreams of a “Grrrl Power” alliance,I decided to just look at this picture for a bit:


 

Sorry, Amber is bound to be one of the pretty (or semi-pretty) girls that goes out in the first week or two.

Brittany Martinez is a 29 year-old event coordinator from Long Beach, CA, and has three kids. Within seconds, she admits that she was “completely recruited” at a bar. I wonder how one gets this gig that involves hanging around Southern California bars and hooking up girls with the show. Conversely, how many girls actually believe these cretins when they use that line? She’s also never really seen the show. “I’m very extreme. I’m a ball of fun, and a ball of fire.” Sure you are. You look like a “woo hoo” girl to me. She is smart in one aspect, though. She plans on finding a strong male who will help keep her around. Brittany also plans on targeting anybody she doesn’t like to spend time with because who can possibly live three months with a person they can’t stand? Despite her lack of strategy, or any knowledge of the show, I do think she’ll last awhile.

Caleb Reynolds is a 26 year-old adventure hunting guide from Dallas. He originally tried out for Amazing Race with a buddy, but was then contacted by Big Brother producers. “Basically, they liked me but they didn’t like my friend.” He says that while he had seen the show in the past, he wasn’t one to record “every season. If I seen it on, I’d watch it until it was over.” (Yes, that’s an exact quote.) He’d rather watch Duck Dynasty and “huntin’ shows”. He says he lives for the comps, but says his strategy changes with every episode that he has recently watched. He then goes into some strange fishing analogy to describe how he’s going to play, but promises to go in with “guns blazin’”. Caleb also promises to have multiple showmances, because he’s a “lady’s man”. He’s no brain surgeon, but I bet his physical abilities keeps him around for quite some time. Big dumb loads generally stick around for quite some time.

Christine Brecht is a 23 year-old barista from Tucson, AZ, but before I get to her interview I have a little confession to make. While it’s well-known that I’m a huge, huge fan of Big Brother eye candy, what I truly long for every season is somebody that’s culturally knowledgable. Each summer I cringe when I hear the cast talk about music and movies. It rarely, if ever, rises above the level of Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, or Sandra Bullock. Brecht is my great artistic hope of this season. Coffee house employees generally are a step above the rest when it comes to this, and she is married to a musician. Timothy Brecht is a solo acoustic folk-punk artist with a soundcloud page. She’s a real fan, too, who got on the show via a public tryout. Surprisingly, she’s excited for the endurance comps. Her plan is to put together multiple alliances, including a secret final two deal. She has the entire season plotted out, beginning with winning the first HOH competition, so the alliances come to her. Unfortunately, she believes Dan is a “genius”. She’s is also extremely enthusiastic, but I have a feeling the beefcake and model bitches are going to find her annoying. My guess is she’s out right around jury time kicks in.

Cody Calafiore claims to be a “sales account executive”, but the 23 year-old is lying. He’s an underwear model, and a douchebag. Obviously, he was also recruited, although he thinks he’s a Big Brother veteran since he has supposedly watched since season twelve. The guy’s a complete bore. I never seen such an unenthusiastic claim of having an “outgoing personality”, and he has trouble answering any game questions. Oh yeah, and he loves Jeff. I predict two things about Cody - he’ll NEVER wear a shirt, and he’ll make it to jury.

If you're into douchebags, here's a commercial featuring his crotch:

Derrick Levasseur is a 30 year-old cop from Providence, RI who should be in the next 21 Jump Street sequel, as he looks way younger. Derrick isn’t a true superfan, but he did actually audition. I do like the fact that instead of being excited about comps, he’s intrigued by the social aspect of the game and hopes to bring his cop skills into the game. Oooh, a Big Brother version of Survivor winner Tony Vlachos? Despite the fact that he’s not exactly exciting, if he can make it through the early weeks I think he can be a contender.

 

Devin Shepherd is a 26 year-old Harley salesman from San Antonio who was previously a minor league baseball player. He’s a single father who also first applied to Amazing Race, but has been watching Big Brother since season ten. He seems likable, but his interview answers are complete bullshit. He says Big Brother is “America’s game”, and everything he does is for his daughter. Noble thoughts, but he comes off as a used car salesman as he continues to babble what he seems to think the interviewer wants to hear. Seriously, I know you love your child but I shouldn’t hear about her five times in a five minute interview. We get it. He’s honest. He’s moral. Blah blah blah. He’ll barely make it to jury.

Donny Thompson is a 42 year-old groundskeeper from Albemarie, NC. At first glance, I just thought he was the token Duck Dynasty bandwagon jumper. Or the wannabe Mumford and Sons banjo player. I think I like him, though! He’s a hick, and he knows it! He hopes that the house thinks he’s dumb! He’s a true fan that has watched every season, and his girlfriend talked him into applying this season. I’d like to see him go far, but the early weeks will be key. The bimbos and himbos generally rule in the first month, but if he can make it to the jury days he may end up being a threat.

That’s it for part one! Let me know what you think of my rambling thoughts, and I’ll have part two up either tomorrow night or Saturday afternoon!

 

Wednesday
Sep182013

Big Brother Season 15 Finale Recap

Finally, our long summer nightmare is coming to an end. After 36 episodes, 90 days, and dozens of head-scratching moves and comments, we’re down to three people of questionable taste and talents. There’s “Pop-In” Andy, whose main talent was to somehow interrupt every single conversation every house mate had this season. There’s butterscotch booty-loving Spencer, a terminal pawn that could never find a competition he wasn’t a complete failure. Finally, there’s GinaMarie, a brash imbecile who apparently utilizes a unique form of insurance and is obsessed with a manchild who is unlikely to ever give her the time of day again (unless she wins).

Yep, this is not the best trio of finalists we’ve ever had. To be fair, though, they all did what was necessary to make it to the end, and that’s all that counts. Andy was a master at playing both sides as long as possible. Spencer had just enough of a social game that he was never considered a real threat. And GinaMarie...ok, I can’t quite figure out how she made it this far.

Despite all the hand wringing on social media about these folks, and the season as a whole, I’m going to be a bit shocking and say that I’ve enjoyed this season more than the last few. There’s been plenty of action, both good and bad. There’s been game changing moves. Most importantly, there hasn’t been quite as much production interference. There weren’t veterans put in with twists designed to keep them as long as possible. Pandoras, DPOV’s, and other bogus tricks weren’t utilised to ensure certain outcomes. Outside of one gimmick plant, this was a pretty pure season.

Of course, a good portion of you readers won’t allow me to get away without addressing the main criticism of the year. Yes, too many people said too many dumb things that offended everybody. It’s also happened in previous seasons, though, and around 8 PM Big Brother time each and every one of these offenders will begin to see the ramifications of their words. They’ll discover the lost jobs, the online backlash, and embarrassed friends and family members. If this major issue isn’t (properly) addressed tonight, as I don’t think it will, just keep in mind that the real world won’t let them forget.

So here we go with tonight’s finale. To be honest, I’m not going to be nearly as thorough as I have been throughout the season. There will be no need to recreate entire conversations, or every jury/Julie question, so quotes will be kept to a minimum.

After a long, long intro recapping the entire season, we go right to the first HOH competition. Funny thing is that this roller skating comp lasted just a tad longer than that intro. Why didn’t they show this on Sunday’s recap show? They are hanging onto a bar while skating, and there’s obstacles, smoke, bubbles and other garbage. Of course, all of this silliness brings on the clown music. All you really need to know is that Spencer went down almost immediately, and Andy struggled for a few more minutes before falling. Yep, GinaMarie won part one, and celebrates in a pile of glitter! Worst “endurance” comp ever...although there’s a semi-comic moment when GinaMarie “chokes” on glitter!

Part two then features Andy versus Spencer, and it’s an underwater treasure hunt...without the water. Andy makes a Little Mermaid joke (groan) before he describes how they have to find crabs of all the evicted houseguests and then put them in order. Oh, and they have to place them at the top of a rock climbing wall. Guess who will win this one? The fastest time is the winner.

Andy goes first, and we get all of the stupid “stakes have never been higher” silliness as we see him working his way up and down the platform. Andy has trouble finding Candice’s crab, and then after finding it he discovers he has a mistake in the order. He climbs back up and fixes it, and he’s done!

It’s now Spencer’s turn, and he repeats the speech about how important this competition is for his game. Yep, we get it! Spencer is quickly struggling with the wall, as expected, and keeps falling. He’s getting frustrated, and the inspirational music comes up as he thinks about his family and friends back home. Ugh. He gets a second wind, and finally finishes.

The times are then announced, and Andy was finished in 21:54. Spencer’s time was 36:11. Andy wins round two, and will be up against GinaMarie later in the show for that final HOH spot!

Spencer’s plan is to now make both of them feel comfortable with him, which, honestly, is what they’re all doing now. GinaMarie thinks she would take Andy, and starts crying because she doesn’t believe she’d beat him.

We move on to jury time, and Dr. Will surprises them. Yes, Helen jumps up and down in excitement (as expected). He asks who they think will be joining them, and after a couple of people say they want it to be Andy, Elissa babbles about how McCrae deserves to be there because he screwed up his game.

McCrae is then brought in, and he not explains what happened...and apologizes to Elissa. Will then asks about how they’ve all got along in the jury house, and it’s Amanda versus Elissa and Candice. Yep, we get another stupid “Candyland” mention. Surprisingly, Candice and Aaryn reportedly got along in the house.

WIll brings it back to game talk, as they begin talking about GinaMarie’s supposedly big moves. “The girl has guts”, says Elissa. Not shocking, but Amanda doesn’t agree. Candice then brings up the personal aspects of the game, and how wrong that was. Now I’m getting bored as they move on to talking about Andy. The only surprising comment is that McCrae admits that he would not have taken Amanda to the final two. The Spencer chat isn’t much better, although I’m a bit surprised that Helen stands up for his gameplay. Will finally ends the segment by encouraging them to vote on who they think deserves to win.

After a few adverts...ok, quite a few, it’s time for that final HOH competition. It’s the usual format, where statements from jury members are read. Two possible endings are read, and they have to pick which one is correct. The first question is about Candice, and the most “shocking moment”. They both pick the bed flipping incident, and they’re both correct.

Jessie’s quote is next, and it’s her most “irritating moment”, and they both pick when she didn’t get to come back in the game. They’re both wrong on this one. Question three belongs to Helen, and her most “uncomfortable moment”. Judd pleading for his life was A, while wine-gate is B. A was correct, and Andy gets the point.

The fourth question belongs to Aaryn, and it’s who she would spend a romantic night with - Judd or David. They both pick Judd, and they’re correct “because he has manners”. Question five goes to Amanda, and it’s the moment she doesn’t want friends or family to see. Answer A is none, because that’s who she is, while B is every single one. GinaMarie picks A, while Andy picks B. The correct answer B, so Andy is now up by two, with two to go.

Question six is Elissa’s, and it’s which house guest she is most shocked by, and Andy picks Amanda, while GinaMarie picks Aaryn. Oooh, GinaMarie gets this one correct. It’s now 4-3, as we got to question seven. Judd’s biggest regret is the next question, and they both are wrong.

It’s now time for the last question, and GinaMarie has to get this correct. McCrae is asked about the best thing in the house, and they both pick “free food”. Andy is the new, and final HOH!

A few more adverts later, it’s time for Andy to pick who is going to the final two with him. He tells Spencer that his word means everything, and he’s had an agreement with GinaMarie since night one. Spencer is then evicted, and walks out to talk to Julie.

She starts the questions by asking if his loyalty to GInaMarie shocks him, and he says no as we continue to hear GinaMarie’s mic. Spencer says he has no “hard feelings” over being evicted, and claims to sort of know it was coming as Andy was avoiding him the last couple of days. He’s then asked about being a record-setting pawn, and the segment is already over! He concludes by saying that he’s proud to be a part of his favorite show.

Of course, there are more commercials before the jury is brought on the stage. Julie asks who Helen think is the final jury members, and she thinks that the smartest move would be Andy, as he’ll have the most votes. Spencer is then introduced, and Julie informs the rest of the jury what happened.

We move right to the jury questions, and Amanda goes first. She says GinaMarie did little before joining the Exterminators, and asks her what big moves she did, outside of getting her out. GinaMarie responds with nonsense for awhile, before saying it was getting her out. Ooops. GinaMarie doesn’t back down, though, as it was her decision to do before the Exterminators. Ok then.

The next question is from Elissa, and it’s the same question. His answer is that his biggest move was aligning with Amanda and McCrae, and how nobody knew how close they were. He says he kept going back to them with the info on what was happening. Oh, and also convincing her to put up Nick.

Helen goes next, and asks GinaMarie what her biggest obstacle to overcome was. Yep, we get the “play with my heart” silliness, and then says that Nick’s departure was her biggest obstacle. Somehow, though, it made her a bigger person.

McCrae then asks about how jury members are bitter when they’re stabbed in the back. Since he stabbed them all in the back, why should anybody vote for him? He responds that he feels terrible, and that he “said that to cover his own ass”. He deserves to win this, and that he was instrumental in every eviction. He’s sorry, and “loves them all so very much”.

Oh boy, here we go. Candice gets to ask GinaMarie a question, and she doesn’t hold back. She points out how she’s offended everybody on the jury, especially with her “cock-a-roaches” comments. “Why should we give you the money?” GinaMarie responds with more Nick talk, and then says that the money would change her and her family’s life. Yep, she throws in a heart comment, and how positive she always is. She’s ridiculous.

Jessie then asks Andy why he “unnecessarily” lied to so many jurors. He repeats how he loves them all, and he apologizes again (oooh, this plays right to Helen). They’re both just repeating themselves at this point.

The questioning ends with Spencer, and he asks Andy why he should give him the money. Here we go again. Andy says he was “loyal to a fault”, and then says that on night one he made his promise to her. It’s proof that he’s so loyal.

Before the voting, we get final pleas. GinaMarie tells the jury they all look beautiful, and says she’s played loyal from the beginning. She claims that she made a connection with all of them, and she’s happy she’s met them all. Please, somebody stop her!

Andy goes next, and he says he played with both his heart and mind. He meant all of his personal connections, but he played primarily with his mind. He made moves, and adapted to everything that happened in the house. “Everywhere I went in this house, people went home because of me.”

Julie finally shuts them up, and the voting begins. They all give the usual comments as they place their keys about voting for the best player, blah blah blah. Judd does exclaim, “let the best exterminator win!” McCrae adds that he hopes whoever wins “is buying drinks tonight”.

Before the votes are read, though, we get a brief segment with the pre-jury evictees. Before going to them, she flips over to Amanda and her obsession with knowing about the status of MVP. She says she now believes it was America, and Julie explains how it worked. “Thank you, America”, Amanda says sarcastically. She adds that when she got booed on eviction night, she now understood how she was nominated.

Julie then goes over to Howard, and what he was seeing on the feeds after he was evicted. Howard says that he was shocked, and that he was infuriated by the racial and personal things that was said during the season. Julie informs them that various things they’ve said made national headlines, and asks Spencer his response. He says that he hates that stuff, and asks if he said anything. “We don’t have enough time”, she replies.

Jeremy is then asked what surprised him the most, and he says it was Helen’s use of the “mom thing”. Helen then claims that her tears were real, but eventually admits that some were fake. All I can say is “STFU Helen”. (As we go to jury, we hear GinaMarie scream for Nick. Ugh.)

If you haven’t watched, you can probably guess how the votes will go (and if they don’t go the way I’m thinking, this recap is going to look stupid). Here we go. Spencer and McCrae voted for Andy, but Judd voted for GinaMarie. Elissa voted for Andy, as does Andy. Aaryn voted for GianMarie, but Helen voted for Andy to make him the new winner!

The two then rush out to confetti and hugs, and GinaMarie rushes to Nick (obviously). Poor guy. More commercials interrupt the hugfest, and when the show returns Julie announces that the other two votes went to Andy. He won 7-2. Nick is then mentioned again before Julie announces that the top three vote getters for MVP were Judd, Elissa, and Howard. The winner, as expected, is Elissa, who started screaming before Julie even read her name. Of course she did. Gross.

So that’s it for the show...and the season. Thank you all for putting up with me, Ash, Target John, Indy Mike, and East Side Dave this year. A special thanks also to Colette Lala for her work on the Big Brother Gossip Show, and please read her excellent Survivor updates at colettelala.com. If you like my writing at all, you can continue to follow my music writing at toomanynotes, tumblr.com, or my internet radio shows at scotthudson.blogspot.com.

But we still want to hear from you. What did you think of this episode? Do you agree with Andy’s victory? How about Elissa’s MVP? Tell us what you think!!!

 

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