Saturday, May 19, 2012

Could This Be True?

Evel Dick tweeted out this picture, saying this was The Glass House for the upcoming ABC knock-off show.

Is Evel Dick yanking our chains?

First of all, if this is The Glass House, it would be a prototype, since I am 99.9% sure that ABC wouldn't be building it in the middle of a frozen forest.  And as we all know, the only snow in LA isn't on the ground.

A see-thru house would certainly be interesting, but I would think that it would pose some significant production challenges.  How could they film from inside?  Or even outside, without showing themselves in the reflection?

More importantly, where is the bathroom?   And the pool?

I don't think this is the actual house, but it looks like some sort of art installation for New York tourists.  You know, where people could walk by it in Times Square and gawk for a few minutes.

I went into Manhattan  years ago to see David Blaine when he was "frozen" in ice under the street.  He was looking at the crowd and rolling his eyes around at us.  ***whatever***  There was a lot of speculation that we were watching his image projected on the ice.  But hey it was something to see.  There were a lot of wanna bees down there trying to get attention for themselves.

For example, the Howard Stern Show staff visited with a camera crew and I think Stuttering John tried to pee on the ice before security stepped in to nip it in the bud.

If ABC installs The Glass House somewhere in Manhattan where tourists can visit, that might be interesting.  Imagine the uproar when people tweet out their own photos of the house guests pooping or having sex.  And imagine the public indignation when the producers block the view with a curtain so the crowd doesn't see what they don't want us to see.

It certainly would be a spectacle.  But it wouldn't be Big Brother.

Friday, May 18, 2012

ABC: Come Get Us, CBS

By the looks of it, ABC is moving forward with their plan to debut "The Glass House" on Monday June 18th.  Lawsuit be damned.

From this brief description of the show on their website, it sounds oddly reminiscent of the British version of Big Brother.  In England, the live feed is free for viewers, but it isn't live 24-7.  Instead, the live feed displays regularly-scheduled live feed spots, and then previously-shown footage over and over (and over) and appears heavily edited.  I think the British fans decide who is evicted, too.

It's interesting that the show debuts at 10:00 PM, rather than earlier on the prime time schedule.  Not for children?  Foul language?  Brief nudity?  Since this is from the network that brought the world The Bachelor Pad, I would say the answer is Yes, Yes, and Hell Yes.

It would be funny if the house were filled with all of the former male "straight" Bachelors, wouldn't it?  I'd tune in to watch Jake Pavelka flirt with Alex Michel and Andy Baldwin.

Courtesy of the ABC Website:

About the Show

Introducing an exciting and interactive real-time reality competition where the viewers are in charge!

The Glass House features fourteen contestants living and competing for a quarter million dollars in a totally wired, state-of-the-art house. But the contestants aren’t just playing the game with each other – they’re also playing the game to win over the audience each week.
Through online and their social networks, viewers will be encouraged to support and follow the contestants they like and those they don’t.  Viewer votes will help determine which contestants are sent home and also which eliminated players will earn the chance to return to “The Glass House” to compete each week.
Viewer feedback doesn’t end there!  Several times a week, viewers can watch a live online feed of the players and vote to decide everything from what they wear and eat, to the games they play, even where they sleep.  Viewers will also have the chance to give their favorite players feedback on their game from outside the house.  How the contestants use that information is up to them, because in the end it’s about who plays the best social game and the most important alliance a player can have is with their fans!

“The Glass House” premieres MONDAY, JUNE 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on The ABC Television Network.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Houseguests Who Live in Glass Houses...

If you are a Big Brother fan, then you know that the new season starts in less than two months.  Casting is in full swing, and production is beginning to execute their plans for the season.  There are budgets to balance, competitions to construct, and of course the staff and crew must be hired and trained.  Or re-hired, in the case of crew members who have worked on the show for several years.

But this year, there is something new---a competing show on ABC that threatens to disrupt CBS's twelve-year monopoly on the summer reality spectacular (let's just forget about the ill-fated BB9, okay?).  CBS just slapped ABC with a lawsuit for intellectual theft-copyright infringement, theft of trade secrets, etc.

If you watch reality shows, then it is obvious that all of the networks copy each other.  American Idol has spawned countless imitators, as has Project Runway, Top Chef, yadda yadda yadda.

What makes the CBS lawsuit interesting however, is that ABC has hired at least 19 former Big Brother staffers, including three former Big Brother producers, who are each being sued for $500,000.  These producers are named in the lawsuit as Corie Henson (BB6 and BB7), Michael O'Sullivan (BB4 thru BB13) and Kenny Rosen (BB3 thru BB9).  These producers signed non-disclosure agreements in connection with their work on Big Brother.

The lawsuit also names a list of various other employees who held various positions on Big Brother, all of whom signed non-disclosure agreements.

I'm not an attorney and I'm paraphrasing here, but CBS has accused these three former BB Big Cheeses of leaking secrets of the show to ABC as Glass Houses was being developed.  Each defendant was given a copy of the House Guest Manual, the Producer's Binder, and the Story Producer's Handbook, which CBS contends is being used to produce Glass Houses.

I'm all for fair competition, but if what CBS claims is true, the Glass House situation is anything but fair.  I was a member of management of one of America's most-recognized consumer products companies for years, and I signed several non-disclosure agreements during the time I worked there.  I wasn't allowed to disclose any of the company's sensitive information to competitors or to use it for personal gain, or else my ass would be sued like these guys.  I also sign "NDA's" frequently at the request of my clients--it is a standard business practice when you share your proprietary business information with outsiders.  You have to trust, and also to protect.

I must admit that I hadn't even heard of Glass Houses until Rob Cesternino mentioned it on one of his podcasts.  ABC must promote it on one of the shows I don't watch like Dancing with the Stars, and I'm sure they will push it during the upcoming (tired) season of The Bachelorette.  So this was all a big surprise to me.  Glass Houses plans to get the jump on Big Brother by premiering on June 18th, and wrapping up in early August.

Will that still happen?  As best I can tell, CBS isn't trying to stop Glass Houses from airing, they just want them to stop using information obtained illegally from Big Brother.  You can read the entire 34 page lawsuit at this link, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.

One thing is for sure:  the stress of this situation is sure to impact the pre-production process for Big Brother 14.  This could help or hurt this year's show, depending on how they react.  Maybe the threat of impending competition will raise their game. 

It's really all about the casting, isn't it?  Would you watch another summer of Lawons and Adams?

We'll know CBS is really in trouble if Jeff and Jordan show up in the Glass House, huh? 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Spotlight: Brenchal TAR Finale Celebration - Part 3

This series of posts is one of my personal favorites, and is actually the reason for this entire Brenchal celebration.  I wanted to read it this morning and yadda yadda yadda half of my day is gone.   I refer to the series as the Garlic Bread Incident and will post the entries in order.

To summarize,  we are mid-season of Big Brother 12 and while the houseguests are trying to get along with each other, there is a lot of drama and hate brewing and everybody knows it.

Except for Brendon.

He has no idea that his neurotic micro-managing of the kitchen is setting people off.  He fancied himself as the chef of the house, and a culinary expert.  Every dish that he made had at least a dozen different spices in it.  While I think the houseguests generally enjoyed his cooking and appreciated his efforts, his superior attitude about it rubbed Matt and Britney the wrong way.

I don't think Brendon had any idea that they were mocking him, which made it even funnier to me.  Also, it was obvious that the camera crew was enjoying it, too.  As Matt and Britney made fun of Brendon's garlic bread in the backyard, the camera inside the house would give us a great close up of his chopping and slicing.

This all went down on August 1, 2010.  So here you go, and I hope you enjoy it.

Celebration Blog Post #6 - The Garlic Bread Incident #1    LINK

Celebration Blog Post #7 - The Garlic Bread Incident #2    LINK

Celebration Blog Post #8 - The Garlic Bread Incident #3    LINK

Spotlight - Brenchal TAR Finale Celebration - Part 2

Celebration Blog Post #3 - July 16, 2010 - Who Wants to See Her HOH Room?

The post at this LINK documents Rachel's first HOH win during Big Brother 12 after the season's first live eviction show.  Rachel is in her element wearing a super-short sparkly dress.  In an unprecedented move, Big Brother gives her a bottle of booze!  Enzo and Lane want cocaine!  And Britney needs a drink! 

Celebration Blog Post #4 - July 17, 2010 - The Dick Don't Lie.

I apologize to Brendon's family about this LINK.  But hey, it could be a lot worse, right?

Celebration Blog Post #5 - July 31, 2010 - Mac and Cheese ---Over Brendon's Dead Body!

If you watched the BB12 live feeds, then you know that Brendon and Rachel fought a lot.  They loved a lot, but they fought a lot, too.  One constant source of friction was Rachel's eating and drinking habits.  Brendon was constantly bitching at her about her poor nutrition, as well as her tendencies to get wasted and flash the cameras.  He was also a Nazi about the kitchen, and felt like any culinary activity had to be cleared with him first.  In this LINK, Brendon micromanages poor Rachel as she tries to put together one of America's favorite fatty dishes.

Spotlight: Brenchal TAR Finale Celebration - Part 1

As you all know, the lovestruck, argumentative and sparkly duo that is Brenchal is appearing on the finale of The Amazing Race this Sunday night.  I always knew they would go far, because I saw a photo of both of them rappelling down some sort of huge silver pole near the end of filming last year.

But will they win?  I hope so and will be on the edge of my seat watching on Sunday.

In celebration, I will be featuring some classic blog posts about Brendon and Rachel.  Kind of a showmance retrospective.

Way back in July 2010, we were introduced to Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly just before the premiere of Big Brother 12.  As usual, the Big Brother houseguests were interviewed just before entering the house.

 Brenchal Celebration Post #1 - July 3, 2010

At this LINK, I cover my first impressions of Brendon Villegas.  Basically, I thought he was hot, hottie, hot.  And smart to boot.  Brendon was remarkably candid about his family issues, and mentioned that his Big Brother casting was no accident.

Brenchal Celebration Post #2 - July 7, 2010

At this LINK, I cover my first impressions of Rachel Reilly.  Her interview with Chelsia was much shorter than the other houseguests.  I remember tthere was some sort of air conditioning issue in the interview room, which might explain the length of the interview.  Even though Rachel's interview was short, she managed to mention her huge jugs several times.

Once a Reality Star......Always a Reality Star

Well well well.

Jeff and Jordan are once again poised to capitalize on their Big Brother fame with a new reality series that is (surprise surprise) affiliated with CBS.

The following article comes to us from Reality Nation---you can find the link here.  Not a lot of news about the content of the show, but I'm guessing promotion for the show will fit nicely with the Big Brother summer schedule.

They are living together in California, so the show might just focus on them setting up their home as hilarity ensues.

Jeff and Jordan Get Show on CBSi

Super couple to star in web series together

Big Brother fan favorites Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd have started filming their own reality show on CBSi.

Jeff tweeted the news today. “Excited for me & Jordan to start filming our new show today for CBSi,” he said. “Already having a blast!! More info to come…”

He also included the above photo in the tweet.

Jeff and Jordan recently moved to Los Angeles together so Jeff could pursue such outlets. Jordan had previously said she was done with reality TV for a bit, but it looks like CBS tossed an offer at the Big Brother sweethearts she just could refuse.

“Just left chicago, about to start our new adventure w/CBS interactive,” Jordan tweeted today.

So what’s CBSi? “CBS Interactive is the premier online content network for information and entertainment” according to the website. “Our brands dive deep into the things people care most about across news, sports, entertainment, technology and business. With hundreds of millions of unique visitors from around the world each month, CBS Interactive is a global top 10 web property and the largest premium content network online.”

There’s no further information on the web series at this time. But as soon as we know the details on what the show will be about and where and when you can watch, we’ll keep you updated.