Do you smell that? It’s the faint aroma of self-tanner, rancid meat, and self-pity. It can only mean one thing: Big Brother is back!!! Yes, America’s favorite summertime tradition has returned, and I could not be happier. For too long has my life been without vapid, beautiful people, but that all changed this week when CBS unleashed about 35 new faces on us. There was Clay, the gorgeous Texas native who has happily ascended to the dreamboat throne vacated by Cody last season. And then there was… Clay. And Clay. And more Clay.
Okay, fine. There are other cast members too. Audrey is Big Brother’s first transgendered houseguest, which is pretty cool. And John is Big Brother’s 453rd self-appointed rock ‘n’ roll houseguest, which is less cool. We also have resident nerd Steve (currently at the top of my faves), resident muscle nerd Austin (also at the top of my faves), and resident cookie enthusiast Jace (nowhere near my faves).
There are more — many more — but I’m not going to get into it. Most of these people seem promising, which is of course how all seasons begin: promise, followed by some early spats, which lead to a few predictable weeks of evictions, culminating with a mid-season explosion or two, and then finally settling into a quiet final stretch. Here’s to hoping things are more thrilling than last year’s dull parade to the finish line.
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Ronnie Karam (TrashTalkTV) and Ben Mandelker (bsideblog) are back to talk crap about Real Housewives of Melbourne, Real Housewives of New Jersey, Below Deck and The Singles Project. Bonus audio blog reading of a vicious anonymous letter to Giner! Enjoy!
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Well, here we are — umpteen weeks into a once promising season of Big Brother, and we’re stuck with a dominant alliance that would rather pick off outsiders than think 1.5 steps ahead and make some big moves. It’s been the story of the summer, which has seen a passive minority slowly picked off by a surprisingly loyal majority. In some ways it makes sense — why turn on your team when there are easy evictions to be had? But what happens when the outsiders are gone? That’s when the Detonators will detonate themselves, and everyone who thought they were safe will suddenly regret the handy votes they could have had in Nicole and Donny. It’s their own dumb fault, really.
I guess I’m just bitter about Nicole winding up on the block. After all, there’s nothing more frustrating like watching the promise of a returning player getting snuffed out before she can wreak total, vengeful havoc. Is it so bad that I want something fun to happen on this show? The season started off so well. SO WELL.
Matt Whitfield (Yahoo TV) reunites with Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Ronnie Karam (trashtalktv.com) for a super-sized episode of “Watch What Crappens.” The crew tackles all the Housewives of the week: Melbourne, New Jersey, and Orange County, and also finds time to dig into cult favorite “Game of Crowns.”
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Well, we’re about halfway through Big Brother 16, and I’m continuing to love this cast, which is a good thing because the gameplay hasn’t been exactly thrilling. Don’t get me wrong: there’s been some great drama — obviously starting with Devin and followed by the Caleb-Amber-Cody love triangle. But with Devin and Amber evicted from the house, we now need a new wellspring of chaos, and ideally, that will come from a big move — maybe even knocking Zach out of the house?
I like Zach. I do. But I’m sick of the Bomb Squad / Detonators having all the power and calling all the shots. It actually makes for a rather ho-hum season of strategy, and it’s not helped by this summer’s dual-HOH twist. The Battle of the Block conceit seems to incentivize Heads of Household to nominate the same people over and over again, and even worse, those people seem to be rolling over and taking it. There haven’t been any major or well-executed attempts to shake the powers that be. Not even the producers bribing Team America to vote against the majority worked. This is no good.
Few things have been as bizarre as Jocasta’s speaking in tongues on Sunday’s Big Brother. However, in an episode short on drama, we certainly had many record-scratching moments. There was Jocasta, of course, who has emerged as a slightly deranged woman of God. When not busting out a funky “d-d-d-d-d-d-d-dd” rapture, she’s lately been prone to over dramatic wails of joy that seem more akin to surviving a bomb blast than a veto ceremony.
Also in the head-scratching department was Zach opening up a dialogue with Frankie by stating that yes, he will bang him. I’ll just assume that was an inside joke between the two pseudo lovebirds (a showmance I wholeheartedly endorse). And then there was Cody, whose infatuation with Zac Efron makes Caleb’s obsession with Amber look quaint at best. Yes, this is a kooky cast, and I like them so much that I didn’t even mind that the only dust up of the episode was some kerfuffle about beds. I couldn’t even really follow what was going on — basically, no one wanted to sleep with Victoria because she’s annoying (allegedly, she claimed on the feeds that she was once abducted by a crow) — and one thing led to another and suddenly Brittany was in total bitch mode and blah blah blah. Who cares. The whole thing landed her on the block with Victoria, and now they face an uncertain fate.
It looks like Devin’s getting set up for the backdoor on Big Brother 16. But let me drop this bombshell: I kind of don’t want him to go. He’s truly awful, but oh so entertaining. I’d rather see Caleb or Jocasta go home before this asshole bro. And wouldn’t that turn everything upside down if that happened? Besides, if Devin winds up on the block with Caleb, the house might be wise to take out a huge target in the cowboy. And if Devin winds up against Jocasta, the house might be wise to… uh… reduce the bow tie presence in the game? Okay, my reasoning is wobbly. I just want to see more crazy histrionics from the big buffoon. But in the meantime, here’s the photocap…
I’m loving Big Brother so much, and I’m just sad that the live shows have such lengthy voting processes and HOH competitions because it means we get to see so little of what happens in the house post-Veto, pre-vote. It’s a shame since so much has transpired, but here’s to hoping the producers will futz with the show chronology and include some of the good stuff on Sunday’s episode. Or better yet: how about CBS just makes the live show 90 minutes instead? The Chenbot can handle it.
In the meantime, here’s the latest double photocap:
You guys, Big Brother 16 is so good. It’s only been a week and change, but we already have an evil alliance (The Bomb Squad) with a douchey leader (Devin) and perhaps mentally unstable sidekick (Caleb). Or is it the other way around? Either way, all seasons with great villains usually lead to wonderful drama, and what’s even better for us is that we have an unlikely trio of heroes in our midst too. That would be Christine, Nicole, and Hayden — three goofballs who joined forces with so much nervous laughter that I couldn’t help chuckling along on my couch. These are my people.
Heroes? Villains? What more can we ask for? I guess some drama. But guess what? We have that too!