Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Frankie's Big Brother Audition Tape #BB16

This week, Frankie "released" his Big Brother 16 audition tape, as part of his "Topless Tuesday" series.  It's a short video, and it contains all of the Frankie J. Grande resume bullets that are all familiar to us.

It's exactly how we would expect it to be, but without the bleached roots.

I am multitasking this morning while I watched this video, but it occurs to me that I didn't hear him mention his famous half-sister, Ariana.

Hmmmm.  So that's something.

You may recall that Frankie first set his sights on being on Survivor, but says he did not receive a response from Survivor casting after submitting a video several years ago.  (You can see that here.)  He went to one of the famous New York Survivor parties and met some of the former contestants, and told them about this, and they are the ones who suggested he apply for Big Brother instead.

So the rest is history.

Donny Makes the Big Time.....on TMZ #BB16

Well, if there is some bad news surrounding any of the Big Brother contestants, we all know TMZ is first in line to report it.

According to TMZ, Donny returned home to find his previous position as a high school groundskeeper still open, but he had to re-apply for it.

Cue the sad music.....Donny didn't get the job. Instead, he got a part-time janitorial job, presumably with the same school district.  (You might recall that Donny used to be "Kelly Pickler's janitor", as was mentioned numerous times on the BB16 live feeds.  Perhaps Donny's new position is a similar one....)

You can read the TMZ article here.

For some reason, Donny decided to tweet out this information on Sunday night, as follows:

I don't follow Donny on Twitter....but I found out about this tweet because Derrick tweeted about the situation only seconds after Donny did, as follows:

You might recall that Donny doesn't like Derrick......if that is true, and I was Donny, Derrick's tweet would piss me off in the worst way.

But I digress.....

Why did Donny lose the position that he loved so much?  I seriously doubt it had anything to do with his behavior (or lack of behavior) on Big Brother this summer.  I don't recall him doing or saying anything that would cast a bad light on the fine people of North Carolina.  But I used to work for a huge Fortune 100 company, and it is common for businesses to try to cut costs by "regrading" positions to standardize the qualifications or pay ranges.

If this is the case with the school district, it could be as simple as them trying to refill the position with someone at a lower pay rate.  After all, Donny had been in the same position for over six years, and based on what he said on the live feeds, he worked for the NC school systems for years before that.

So maybe his pay rate was too high, after years of raises.  Or maybe the Powers That Be at Cabarrus County were jealous of Donny's TV time?  Or maybe they thought Donny's presence would be a distraction?

Or maybe they found someone better at the job than Donny was?  I know that won't be a very popular opinion among Donny's many fans, but if you watched the BB16 live feeds, you know that Donny often had a different view of his own performance than we, the viewers did.

Anyway, I'm sure Donny will get some full time employment soon.  He might try applying with vacation property rental agencies....there are a lot of vacation rentals in North Carolina, and if the owners live out-of-state they need someone to keep the grounds up, and also to perform maintenance tasks.

A job like that would allow Donny to have the solitude he needs on a daily basis, and the view might be very nice.  I've vacationed a few times on the North Carolina beaches....and once in the North Carolina mountains.  It would seem like a nice gig to me....


1.  In Donny's tweet, he says that he's #Unemployed, but TMZ says he has part-time work.  Which is true?  I can't imagine TMZ has a fleet of roving reporters on the ground in North Carolina...

2.  When Derrick was masquerading as a Parks and Rec Coordinator last summer, I heard him tell Donny he could get him a job.  I think Derrick knew Donny didn't care for him, so maybe he was just sucking up.  But I think Derrick does have a good heart---maybe he can put in a call to the Parks and Rec people in North Carolina and hook Donny up with a State Park gig.

3.  I wonder if Big Jeff is somehow to blame for this?  As you recall, Big Jeff visited Donny's hometown and wore Donny's school uniform and even did a little mowing on camera for the CBS show.  Did Jeff run over an azalea bush or something?  Did CBS not get the proper approval for this stunt?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Zach and Cody Hit the Bravo Clubhouse #BB16 #WWHL

If you don't watch Bravo, then I guess I need to explain this.  Bravo has a talk show that airs every night hosted by Andy Cohen, who was one of the creators of the Real Housewives franchise and is now an Executive Producer.  The show airs every weeknight for 30 minutes and has guests ranging from "Bravolebrities" to bona fide stars like Cher, Liam Neeson and Lady Gaga.  The set it meant to resemble Andy's living room, and has a small audience of about 35 friends and insiders.

Andy always has a bartender, too.  Sometimes the bartender is a real bartender from a place in the city, and other times it might be Broadway stars or fans of the show, or even Snoopy one time in his dog costume.  The bartenders are typically introduced or mentioned as the show comes back from each commercial break, and Andy throws a little chat at them from time to time, usually to promote whatever they are selling.  They also tape a live Aftershow and post clips of it on their website.

On the show that aired last night, the bartenders were Zach and Cody. Andy introduced them as being part of the Bomb Squad (twice) and also said something about neither of them winning any money. The guests last night that you see sitting in the chars are Kenya Moore, former Miss USA and current star of RHOA, and Sherri Shepherd, an actress who used to be on The View but was recently cut from the roster.

FYI I don't think Zach or Cody did any actual bartending last night...but I have heard from someone I know who was in the audience one time that there is some pretty heavy boozing going on all around.

When the cameras turned to Zach and Cody to recognize them after each break, Zach was always ready with the posing and showmanship.  During the 30 minute show that aired on Bravo, I don't think I heard Cody say one word, because Zach talked over him and blurted out an answer to every question Andy asked before Cody could speak.

Like in the picture below, Zach was doing some dancing while Cody just clapped and looked cute.  Mute, but cute.  And I am very happy that Zach left his pink cap at home...and no Froot Loops were mentioned at any time.  A step forward, in my opinion.

During the live broadcast, Andy asked them "how Zankie was".  It was clear that this question was in his notes, but he didn't really understand what he was saying.

Zach:  Oh, we're great...Zankie is great.

Andy:  Good, so Zankie is great.

Zach:  We're just friends, though...

Andy:  Oh good, love him.

Andy said the two of them look like they should have their own show, and Zach jumped in and said it's coming soon, on Bravo Tuesday nights.  Andy just kind of snickered.  Before the live broadcast ended, Andy teased that both Zach and Cody would be taking their shirts off for the Aftershow, and Zach immediately acted like he was ready to take it off.

I did not see any evidence of topless activity on the Aftershow, though.  I didn't watch it live, however, so maybe some brief nudity did occur.  I'm sure Andy would have been up to see some skin.

On the Aftershow Andy asked the boys if they had any girlfriends, and Zach immediately said he had four.  Cody kind of reacted at that and Zach finally admitted neither one of them had girlfriends.  One of the guests asked if they had girlfriends in the Big Brother house, and after Cody said "of course not" Kenya asked them if they had boyfriends in the Big Brother house.

If Andy had any idea about THAT situation, I'm sure he would have pounced on it, but clearly he didn't watch BB16 and was just working from some info written on note cards.

Andy asked which guy was in the house the longest.  Finally Cody got to speak in complete sentences and told Andy how long he was in the house and how hard it was to be cut off from the outside world.

And then this happened:

Andy:  Isn't that Big Brother house just god awful ugly, too?  (ha ha ha)

Cody:  No!  I'm a big fan of the show, so I was glad to be there!

Andy also asked if both of them were from Florida, and Cody spoke again, telling Andy that he lived right down the road in New Jersey.

You can watch part of the WWHL Aftershow here, and you can also find the show that aired live on Bravo there, too.

I actually think they may have taped this show a week or so ago....I saw a lot of tweets from Zach at that time when he and Cody were wearing the same outfits.  And I saw the following Twitter exchange between the three of them.

And a few more tweets from Andy about Big Brother:

Another reason why I expect the show was pre-taped is that Andy is on a book tour right now for his excellent new read, The Andy Cohen Diaries.  I actually went to one of his book tour events last Saturday at The Palm in Atlanta, and I know he went to Detroit on Sunday.  So it would make sense that he might have pre-taped a few WWHL episodes.  Also the fact that his dog Wacha didn't make an appearance on the episode is another piece of evidence that the show didn't follow the normal taping schedule....Wacha usually trots out his waggley-tailed self after the last commercial break.

Andy's book event was so much fun, and the Q & A was very juicy.  If you have a chance to attend and are a Bravo fan, you should definitely go.  He is very engaging and made everybody feel like "his people".

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Miss Cleo Scores the First Live Interview With Zach #BB16

And Miss Cleo is really a guy named Mike. He used to hide his identity but now he's out of the closet, so to speak.  Miss Cleo was a rather rabid Zach Rance fan this year, and an even more rabid Anti-Frankie fan, so the first thing he does is try to clear the air about that.

Not that Zach even knows or understands all of that.  I think he just seems overwhelmed by the whole post-Big Brother experience and has wanted to get some space and some perspective on things.  His parents even took his brother out of school this week to hang out with Zach.

Zach has been bombarded with fans and I don't think he's loving that.  At least, not right now.  I think he's finding out how he was portrayed on television and is coming to terms with that.  He's not even going to watch the show for awhile, he says, but does plan to start tweeting and instagramming soon.

He does look healthy, though, and is very gracious when speaking about his all of his cast mates. Even Victoria.

Open Your Piggy Banks Fans, As #BB16 Collectibles Begin to Hit Ebay

So far it doesn't look like the house guests have started listing items for sale --- just people who got their hands on signed merchandise, probably from the post-finale backyard festivities.

Here are some BB16 rubber duckies signed by Frankie and Cody.  So far the bids for Cody's rubber ducky are over three times higher than Frankie's rubber ducky. Maybe those Frankie bidders are going to start bidding big dollars at the very last minute.

Yes, I'm being sarcastic.

An added feature of these rubber duckies is that they appear to be hermetically sealed, for freshness.

Here we have a Froot Loops box supposedly signed by Zach.  These are the type of items you need to be really careful about.....no disrespect to the Ebay seller, but how do we really know Zach signed this box?  The listing doesn't include any details about how they got it...just sayin'..

The birdhouse signed by the entire cast is an interesting item....I can see why that would be a fun knick knack to have on your shelf at home.

 The Donny items are drawing some large bids....I would imagine Donny items will be much rarer, since we don't expect Donny to go nuts cashing in on his Big Brother experience.  But you should be careful with these items, too, because anyone can take a widely-available picture and forge Donny's signature.  Along with a "No Skittles" line, too.

I'm not trying to discourage bidding...I'm just recommending exercising caution with your hard-earned money. It's not like Donny will be getting the money.  Nor those poor children in Africa that Frankie talked about all summer.