Sunday, August 4, 2013
Last Thursday, the live feeds shut down in the morning, and were not restored until after the live show. I was watching the live feeds that morning as everyone scrambled around getting ready. I heard Candice say that "they only had 15 minutes to get ready", so I knew something was up.
As the live show approached I was nervous. Something was strange about the whole thing. I knew that any sort of double eviction would have been promoted in advance since it would lead to high ratings. I was scared as I waited for the show to start.
Well, something was up. The network was scared, too, but for different reasons. They were worried about evicting Howard in front of a live audience, not sure whether there would be some sort of disturbance that they could not control. Including Howard's own comments, I'm sure.
They actually taped Howard's eviction around noon BBT, and then all of the house guests sat around and waited for the "live" HoH competition. So the first 45 minutes of the "live" show last week were pre-taped, and the people who had tickets to attend the live show were turned away without any explanation.
Princess Glammy has the story here, including the fascinating details regarding one shunned audience member's impressive investigatory skills. As a Super Fan who will never attend a live taping, I find the details behind this whole thing very intriguing.
As Glammy says in the linked post, we might see more of the same this week, when Candice is expected to be evicted, and also when Aaryn and probably Gina Marie are evicted. (IF they are evicted, that is.)
Glammy mentions the Chima Coup E'tat situation in BB11. That week, Chima was the HoH and everyone in the house knew that one of them had been chosen by America to have "special powers". Chima wanted Russell out of there and said repeatedly on the live feeds that if someone messed up her plans, Julie Chen better have the 7 second delay button ready, because she was going to need it.
Production heard this, and listened. They actually filmed the entire live show earlier in the day, and turned the audience away. If you don't know, Jeff Schroeder won the Coup d'Etat and used it to take down Chima's nomination and replace Russell with Jessie.
Jessie was evicted, leaving a trail of screeching and wailing women in his wake. And of course Chima lost her shit within a day or two and was ejected from the game.
I'm going to watch last week's live show again today after learning all of this. I knew that the energy level of the house guests felt a little off, but I wonder what the Super Fans in the house made of all of this. They must have suspected something, right? Particularly if it happens again.
It kind of sucks for Howard not to have a real studio audience to greet him. The people who filled in as the studio audience were random employees on the lot who had to be instructed to cheer and clap. They probably don't even watch the show...