Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Let's Kickoff the BB14 Casting Rumors...

You know, the last time Big Brothers had an All Star season was BB7.  So I guess it is reasonable to assume that we'd be ready for another one for BB14, huh?

Today there was an energetic volley of tweets between Evel Dick (BB8, BB13), James Rhine (BB6 & BB7), Matt Hoffman (BB12) and Ronnie Talbot (BB11).

They are implying that they received visits from Big Brother production to shoot some footage.  Adam Poch (BB13) tried to horn in on the conversation but was shooed away.  I think we have a better chance of seeing Adam in The Glass House than we do Big Brother All Stars.

Of course, this is all way too obvious to be true.  I guess Big Brother could be filming commercial teasers for BB14 using former Big Brother stars. (They should show these during The Glass House, huh?)  Evel Dick and Ronnie in a commercial together?  I can hear the bleeps now.  TV gold right there.

But being this blatant about the upcoming All Stars season?  I just don't see it.

Last time, for BB7, the public voted on who was coming in the house, so the All Star potential players ran campaigns to win votes.  I think we're way past the time for that now.

Or are we?  Is Big Brother visiting them to film the voting campaign?

Nah.  Couldn't be.  Could it?


Glass House Live Feeds - Day #1

I am struggling to find words to describe what I just saw.  The Glass House live feeds were live for the first time today, from 3 - 4 pm EST.  I didn't realize this was happening until I looked at Twitter at  3:45, so I just caught the last 15 minutes. 

It felt like a very long 15 minutes.

I found the stream on the ABC website.  Go to the page for the show, and then choose the tab called "View and Vote".  The stream is down now, but I'm pretty sure you will be able to replay it because there is a button there indicating you can "watch videos instead".  This is similar to the BB UK business model, which only broadcasts live feeds for specified time periods, and then replays it over and over.  And over.

OK, here is what happened in 15 minutes.  I grabbed some screen shots to give you a visual.

1.  All of the cast members were gathered in the living room.  Some of the ladies were all dressed up, and there was a lot of make up on many of the girls.

2.  A female voice was heard talking to them.  Kind of a sexy, robotic type voice.  She was addressing each one of them and I think the question had to do with who they thought America would like, and why.


3.  I was kind of overwhelmed watching this and it all sounded like "blah blah blah".  Everyone is on their best behavior right now.  And they were all HYPER aware that this was the first time we were watching them live.  They were really trying to sell it.


4.  This guy's shirt says "Don't bro me if you don't know me."  By the looks of it, that guy is someone's father.  May be going through a mid-life crisis.


5.  ***Prediction ***  The guy in the white button down shirt thinks he is the star of the show (Alex?).  During the 15 minutes I watched, he made sure we all knew that he cut his hand within the first 20 minutes of coming in the house, and that we should be sure to watch on Monday to see the bloody carnage.  He also said 'Hi Mom and Dad".  And I also think he was the one telling us to "follow him on Twitter" as the live broadcast ended.   Someone may have outed him as being gay, but I'm not sure if they were joking or not.  He has a bandage on left hand, indicating that he indeed has a boo boo.  The guy in the striped polo in the background seems to be hiding himself from the camera in shame, but that is probably just a coincidence.


6.  The Brooklyn dude (Jeff?) seems like he is well-liked by the group.  He is fairly large and seems to take a leadership role.  I think he is probably gay, but I think I already got that impression from his show profile, which lists his hobby as "collecting kitsch". 


7.  So they were all watching this screen, and the Voice started asking them some really dumb questions, some of which were multiple choice.  They had to choose the answer, and then go to a specific place in the house that corresponded with their choice.  Sometimes they all went together to the same room, and sometimes they split up.  Then I realized that the same questions were posted on the computer screen for we, the viewers to answer.  The cast members were trying to guess the answers the fans would have.  Now, you all know I watch Big Brother and am biased, but this concept was very, very stupid.  Here are the questions as I recall:

*  Is it okay to date outside your own race?  (yes or no)
*  What is the largest acceptable age range for a date? (1 year, 5 years, 10 years, 20+ years)
*  Who is your favorite celebrity couple?  (Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes, Brad and Angelina, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Jay Z and Beyonce)

Now, what was the answer to that one?  Most of the cast chose Jay Z and Beyonce, but the viewers picked Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson!  WTF?  Who was voting on that?  Was anybody voting on that?

That doesn't speak very well for their demographics, does it?  A bunch of old ladies who like Forrest Gump?  When the Jay Z group called out their answer, Button-down shirt guy said "Jigga Man" or something along those lines and I don't think the black guy liked that (in the red polo shirt).  He whipped his head around and said something to Button-down about it.  This seemed non-scripted, so that is good as far as I'm concerned.


 8.  The two women you see on the right were both big talkers.  The Va-Voom girl on the left is obviously Holly, the late addition to the cast.  She has on a skirt and heels, and did a fair amount of hair flipping and posing.  I don't recall hearing her say anything but I could be wrong.  I'm sure it is an awkward feeling standing there with the camera on you, not knowing who is watching, or what the TV broadcast will look like.  Might as well try to look good, huh?

9.  ***Prediction***  The girl in the yellow is going to be The Bitch.  Or at least the Biggest Bitch.  She is carrying around a "mechanical cat" and didn't smile much for the cameras.  Maybe she will be the first one to Push the Button and get the hell out of there.   Note that she was the only one in the house to choose Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.  That can't be a good omen for her interpersonal skills.  The short girl wearing a long dress is reminiscent of Rosie Perez but without the voice. The girls could tell when the camera coverage shifted and they would pivot, adjusting their hair and stances for the best possible shot toward the lens.  Those guys in the background seem like extras at this point.  Just standing around and taking up space.

10.  There they are in the bedroom holding up their "yes" sign for interracial dating.  Some of the people must have grabbed snacks off of a platter or something as they walked through the house because all of a sudden we would see them eating.  I didn't see any alcohol consumption.  You can see Brooklyn Jeff took the lead to write the answer on the Glass board.  (Kenny, was that your idea?)

The point of that whole exercise seemed to be to get them to walk around the house for the cameras to follow.  They are getting A LOT of direction from the crew.  Here is the part where I got the most douchechills:

Sexy Robotic Voice:  Are you  having a good time?

Group:  Yeah!

Unidentified Male Voice:  Yes!  We're in The Glass House!  It's always fun!

You can see some clothes balled up in the left corner of the last picture, but otherwise it doesn't even look like they are really living there.  Wouldn't it be funny if they all clock out at the end of the live feeds and go back to a hotel?

***Conclusion***

Alison Grodner and Julie Chen can breathe a sigh of relief.  This show is going to suck, and suck hard. 

Kenny Rosen is the one who needs to worry.  After all, he is stuck in a big fat legal mess after deleting all of those incriminating emails, and he will likely be out of a job soon.

Glass House Dead Feed Updates



Someone over there at ABC needs to get their shit together.  Yes, the show's fate is currently in the hands of a federal judge, and the Glass House Executive Producer has been under legal fire, but they need to tend to business over there.  Who knows, the show might actually air as planned next week.

Supposedly, the live feeds were supposed to start yesterday.  But I wasn't able to find any live feeds available anywhere.  I did find the following on the TV Grapevine website---I guess they are going to cover the action, if there is any action.

This just reeks of failure so far.  Here is the link, in case you want to monitor all of the exciting action.

You're a reality TV fan, have you been able to see any live action from The Glass House yet?

CBS might just want to let The Glass House go forward---give them enough rope to hang themselves.

I can't wait until the prisoners cast members are allowed to tell their behind-the-scenes stories.  I'll bet this whole thing is a cluster.

***UPDATE ***  I found the live feeds---you can read about that here.  

Sneak Peek into the Glass House

ABC has released some pictures of the interior of The Glass House.  It certainly looks snazzy.  Here is the bathroom:


I assume there is a place to sit in there somewhere.  Because they need a place to perch and whisper about each other. 

Also, it looks like the shower door is floor-to-ceiling---does that mean they can't drape towels over the door when they shower?  You can ask any former Big Brother house guest ---that is going to be borderline obscene.  I guess they can do that since the live feeds will only be online for a few hours each week. 

And here is one of the bedrooms.


I have stayed in hundreds of hotels during years of business travel, and this looks like a W Hotel in a city like Seattle or San Franscisco.   A nice room, but how will this look with a herd of house guests lounging in there?

Will the Glass House have Glass Housekeepers?  Because all of those shiny surfaces are going to smudge.  Big time.

You can see all of the pictures at this link