Friday, June 23, 2017

Summer of Temptation (and Trepidation). #BB19

It's time to discuss what we do know about the upcoming twists this summer, but also the Big Rumor that is currently swirling around the online community.  I've tried to ignore most of the preseason rumors this year, because some of the early rumors were clearly ridiculous, and were designed for a few thirsty Tweeters to gain followers and short-term attention.

On Wednesday, a Q&A format interview with Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan was released on the THR website.   In the interview, Allison and Rich gave us a preview of the planned twist format, and how the twist fit the Summer of Temptation theme.


OK.  We've already seen how the decor of the house hammers this point by referencing the Adam & Eve story with countless apples and a few snakes here and there.    With this new info, we learn that the house guests will have to make choices that have consequences.

History of Pandora's Box

Of course it sounds like the old Pandora's Box twist, where one house guest makes a choice that they believe will benefit them, but ultimately causes some sort of harm to the rest of the cast.  Of course, the house guests have also learned that choosing Pandora's Box could hurt them personally, and help the rest of the cast.  For example:

*  In BB11, Natalie Martinez opened Pandora's Box and got a visit from her boyfriend, who proposed to her with a makeshift ring.  This choice caused pandemonium downstairs, as a cast of strange circus-type characters were released to terrorize everyone else for a few hours.  Natalie tried to lie and say she caught a PoV penalty, but once she told the truth, no one believed that, either.  (I know I didn't, until I saw it on the CBS episode for myself.)

*  In BB12, Production really went crazy with Pandora's Box, featuring it several times.  I think Matt Hoffman won the Diamond PoV that way, and Brendon opened the box later, thinking he would get to spend time with Rachel, but instead Rachel was unleashed into the house to torment Ragan.  (Rachel had already been evicted at that point.)

*  But the best BB12 Pandora's Box was opened by Britney Haynes, because it turned out to be a punishment.  Mr. Pectacular Jessie Godderz gave Britney a one-on-one training session and she bitched and moaned about it the whole time, while she watched the rest of the cast enjoy a catered barbecue lunch in the backyard.

*  Production went overboard with Pandora's Box in BB13 in a manner that impacted the outcome of the season, likely handing Rachel the win.  Porsche Briggs opened the box and won $5,000,  and in return the next competition was based on duos, which allowed both Rachel and Jordan to be safe that week.  The fans were in an uproar about this, because it was clearly Producer Intervention designed to sacrifice fairness with TV ratings.  (Rachel Reilly has always been TV gold and they needed to keep her around.)

*  Another BB13 Pandora's Box involved Rachel getting stuck with Mr. Pecatcular (AGAIN) upstairs, while Tori Spelling visited the other house guests for cocktails and some sort of shopping spree.  I was VERY irritated by this because Adam Poch seemed to think he was the most popular BB player ever, to have a big star like Tori appear just for him.  (**vomit**)

*  BB14 featured two Pandora's Boxes, both without any significant game consequences, I don't think we've had a visit from Pandora's Box since then.  Ian Terry opened one of the boxes, and got a little solo Christmas celebration with presents to unwrap (he later said on a podcast that he left all of those presents behind when he went home), and the punishment was that Mr. Pectacular (AGAIN) visited the downstairs crew and made them all really angry by throwing away all of their food.

So people are wondering why Production doesn't just go ahead and call the twists for this season Pandora's Box.  Well, for one thing that wouldn't fit the theme, and it sounds like the temptations are going to impact the entire house, as opposed to just one person.  But I'm just guessing about that.

That really sucks for the crew, right?  To do all of that work, and then not to use it?  I supposed the set up could be saved to use for a later competition, or even a different BB season.  I guess the bright side for the live feeders would be that if they don't play a competition, then the feeds don't have to be shut down all day.  I guess we won't know until it happens, but one thing is clear:  Production will have the power to steer the action where they want it to go, under cover of the twist.

But they can and do steer the action every season, anyway.  It's a TV show, first and foremost.  It needs to be entertaining to the masses, and if you're reading this, you might not be part of that mass.

No Napping, House Guests

OK...the no napping situation....I tweeted about this, but I do think that Allison is joking here.  If you didn't watch the BBOTT live feeds, the house guests were required to stay awake for a certain period each day, which generally led to more action during the day, and earlier bedtimes at night.  They relaxed the rules later in the season, letting people like Justin sleep (all fucking day on Thanksgiving), and the fans were upset about this.

But I don't think the No Napping Rule was for the fans---I think it was a  budget issue, so that Production could get by on a smaller crew to both film and edit the action (i.e. no need for a huge overnight crew, and less action to log and keep track of ).  By the end of the season it's easier for everyone, anyway, since it's just a few people rattling around in there, so they just let people sleep after a certain point in the game.

So, while I love the No Napping Rule (it was great for the East Coast live feeders) I don't think it will be back for one big reason:  BIG BROTHER AFTER DARK.  They need the house guests to stay up and put out in order to get good BBAD footage.  There was no BBAD for BBOTT, of course, but they can't have everyone working bankers' hours during BB19 if they want sizzling action at night.

I will miss the BBOTT announcer's slightly sinister voice as he said "NO NAPPING, HOUSEGUESTS".

Yeah, Danielle HATED that rule.  During her last week in the BBOTT house, we heard "DANIELLE, PLEASE GO TO THE STORAGE ROOM AND CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES" over and over and over, finally switching to "DANIELLE!  DANIELLE!  DANIELLE!  DANIELLE!"

New CBS Sunday Night Episode Competition

So there is a new competition for the Sunday show this year, instead of the Road Kill situation.  I don't think we'll have Battle of the Block, at least not every week.  But once again it is clear:  we can expect Production to switch things up all summer in their effort to craft a successful TV season.

According to this information from the TVGuide website, we'll see our first Temptation during the premiere and there is speculation that America will be involved with choosing who is tempted.  And we also learn that the new Sunday competition might be the "Den of Temptation".

Oh, and SPOILER ALERT, we will see an eviction next Thursday night, courtesy of one observant fan's chatty TV listings.  We kind of expected this, but now this is confirmation. 


Like I said, I've tried to ignore most of the rumor chatter.  But when you hear Hamsterwatch is behind the idea, you have to stop, listen, and consider.

One of Dingo's sources reported that Paul is on tap to be the 17th house guest.  She said she likes to get a few different sources before she reports on a rumor, but she did some sleuthing after she initially heard the information and noticed that Paul suddenly switched his phone from Apple to Android last week, indicating that perhaps someone else is suddenly tweeting for him.

And Paul suddenly cancelled on Krissie--his band was scheduled to play the BB19 Premiere Party in New York along with Krissie's ass-kicking band Evil Engine.

And Paul's Boy Victor hasn't seen or heard from His Boy Paul in a few days, where prior to that they were both posting about being hyped to party together in New York City for the Premiere. I'll bet Victor is more bummed out than Krissie, but for a different reason.  (ie.  I'm guessing Victor is free this summer---why didn't Production contact him instead?)

And then "Paul" tweeted this after Julie's house tour video came out.  The reference to Big Meech is the fact that the house decor features snakes (ie. Snakeole) and apples (Michelle had an episode after throwing an apple at Paul).

Whoever wrote this tweet for Paul tried to make it sound like him, but they lost me at the mention of jealousy (Paul has no need to be jealous--he is Production's Golden Boy now after appearing in person on BBOTT.) and then the "my turn" comment at the end.  I don't think Paul would say that.

So....I still have a very hard time believing that Paul is coming in to play the whole season as the 17th house guest.  I forgot to mention that Julie Chen tweeted this, with a picture of a BB key with no name on it.

I'm thinking Paul's appearance may be related to the first temptation ---I think Paul coming in the house may be one of the consequences.  If this choice is chosen (and of course it's Premiere Week bitches!) then perhaps Paul is the "punishment".  Maybe that does mean a new player is added to the game, or maybe that means Paul will replace someone in a shocking manner.

Or maybe Paul will serve as some sort of short-term annoyance, in the style of  Mr. Pectacular's many Pandora's Box appearances during the series.  I could see him having fun with that.

Fans are in an uproar over this, mostly unhappy since they already felt we had a solid cast of 16 house guests.  (Except Christmas Abbott----I'm still hoping that her lying ass got subbed out with another girl before they entered the house last Wednesday.)  Some fans are saying that this is all an act on Paul's part, trying to get us to think he's going in the house.  But I don't think that for two major reasons:

1.  Why would Paul miss out on a chance to play with his band on Premiere night and party with the former players and fans?

2.  Hamsterwatch has credibility.....Dingo wouldn't report it if she didn't think it was substantial, and I'm sure her sources are good ones.

Let's not forget that Production needs to put asses in the seats on Premiere night, to get the season off to a strong start for CBS.  And using Their Boy Paul somehow to do that makes perfect sense.

Fans can whine about it all they want, but BB Canada should be a sharp reminder that they are  running a business and need to be profitable.  BB Canada brought back some of their brightest stars last season and they still didn't get enough ratings to meet profit expectations.  And I don't think all of the petitions in the world will save the current format of the show....because American fans don't help Canadian TV ratings. It might come back as a web series or something, but I think the BBCAN TV series is done.

And I'm not watching BBUK this season, but from what I hear, it may be on it's last legs, too.  So let's just stay calm about this until we see what plays out on Premiere night.  I will admit I was in a bad mood last night after seeing Hamsterwatch's tweet...I felt deflated and lost some excitement about the new season. 

That doesn't mean my ass won't be in the seat all summer long though.....


  1. Season of temptation sounds cool so far. We'll see. Love your blog and will be reading all summer!

  2. #friendship I don't dislike Paul. He makes for good T.V. another cast to talk about #friendship


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