Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Anatomy of Thursday's Live Eviction Show #BB14

So, tomorrow is the first live eviction show of the season.  Exciting, huh?

As big of a deal the live show is for the house guests, and of course the nominees, it is a bigger deal for the crew and the network.  It is one thing for Dr. Drew to have a live CNN call-in show every night, where the format is relatively predictable, but for a show like Big Brother there are so many variables to plan for, and worry about.

A few variables from the Production perspective:

1.  As the show starts, the house guests will have to sit on the couch for a couple of shots, giggling nervously as the camera pans their group.  Then they will have a "conversation" with Julie Chen and answer any questions she may ask them. They have no idea who she will question, or what she will say.  There are always interesting results, such as house guests who will freeze and give one word responses, and others who drone on and on, requiring Julie to hush them up so she can move on.  Still others say things that are inappropriate.  Janelle mentioned the other day that Dr. Will called Julie Chen "Sweetheart" on the live show during BB7 and was later chastised for this slur.  Janelle also said Julie likes to stick to the cue cards and doesn't like surprises.  The Chenbot is a pro, people.

2.  The HOH will sit alone in the HOH room for a one-on-one private interview with Julie.  Last year they skipped Rachel's HOH interview every time, and she was not very happy about it.  Your guess is as good as mine as to whether Willie will get his interview or not.  I'm sure they will be concerned with his constant profanity.  They have no idea how he will behave under that kind of pressure.  I wouldn't be surprised if they tape his interview and then show it tomorrow.  They can't afford to take risks.  And as we know, Willie is a Hantz.

3.  The nominees will have to stand up and plead their case to the voters in the house.  This is always nerve-racking for me to watch.  I expect Kara to say something short and sweet, and for Frank to win America's heart with a funny but touching plea for votes.  (Most people on the live feeds love Frank already, but remember most of the CBS audience has no clue what has happened in the house, other than what they saw on CBS.)

4.   The house guests will vote live for eviction.  Each one of them who is eligible to vote will have to trip down the hall to the DR for their quickie session with Julie.  These sessions are highly controlled and there is a very short leash as far as what they are allowed to say. The smart ones manage to make a statement along with their vote as quickly as possible, like "I am absolutely THRILLED to evict Ted".  Others have little gestures for the folks back home, like Shelly's "cigarette kiss" for her daughter Josie (BB13), or Amber's necklace charm gesture for her child (BB8).  I like to watch for their transition movements in the DR hallway, like high fives or other hand gestures.  I will be very disappointed if Wil doesn't bust a few moves as he makes his way to Julie for his vote.

5.  The announcement of the voting results, and the evicted house guest's walk to the door.  Sometimes there is a lot of beef that goes with this, but it may be too early in the season for that this week.  However if Frank has to leave, I don't expect Willie to act gracefully---I can see him making statements that require bleeping.  One of the funniest exits was when someone told Natalie the Fitness Twin (BB5) that "karma was a bitch" on their way out of the door, and Natalie was truly puzzled as to what "Carmen Electra" had to do with anything.  There are also people who leave every year and refuse to hug certain people on the way out. Last year Jeff Schroeder's exit was horrible because it was so unexpected and angry.  America wanted to see him embrace Jordan in a loving manner but that wasn't what America got.

6.  Finally, the live HOH competition.  We'll have an idea tomorrow about what type of competition it will be.  For example, they will have a rehearsal for it, and that will give the HG an idea of what to expect.  Also, they will receive direction about what to wear---that is how we usually know if it is an endurance competition or not.  If they are told to wear athletic wear, we know it is going to be physical.  Sometimes they let them go in the back yard after the live show is set up---if there are just podiums for a simple 'true or false' or 'higher or lower' or some other multiple choice.  That is the likely situation for tomorrow.   (Just ask Ian.)  Production needs to hold an accurate, efficient competition with a solid, non-contested result.  All buzzers need to work.  All house guests have to follow instructions.  No one is supposed to curse

You remember Rachel saying the Eff word on the live show last year, right?  I think that happened a few times.  Rachel also went to use the bathroom on a commercial break and was caught peeing on a live mike during the CBS show.  It was LOUD, too.    I think they cut that out for the West Coast viewing, but if you watch the live East Coast anything is possible.

I'm nervous just thinking about it.  I can't wait to see what happens.

Expect the Unexpected...Big Brother fans.....

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