Wednesday, February 27, 2013

And The Award for Best Set Design.....#BBCAN

Well, the Big Brother Canada house is breathtaking.  Really gorgeous.

I am unable to watch any of the Big Brother Canada content on the Slice website---apparently the whole "US" thing is a problem.  But if you are able to watch it, there is some content out there for you to see on the Slice website..  You probably know that the house guests were announced last week, and they held a Media Day last week, too, allowing reality bloggers and other media personalities a chance to see the inside of the house.  It's also a technical rehearsal.  Obviously.

Here are some pictures from Media Day.  These ARE NOT the Big Brother Canada house guests, so don't get excited.  Or angry. 

But check out how fabulous this house is the entryway, which is up a flight of stairs from the living room.  Just like the BB US house guests, the Media People started complaining within seconds of entering the house.  ("It's so hot in here...")

And this is the stairway down to the living room.   This part of the house seems very similar to the Big Brother UK house, where the evicted house guests must do the walk of shame up the stairs and then exit to a HUGE studio audience with live music, dancers, and Vegas-style lights.  Seriously.  I have seen some tweets about getting tickets to the Big Brother live audience, so I am assuming that the Canadian version will also feature a live exit-show extravaganza.

And here is the living room.  You could live there, right?  Love those little tuffets.

Up on the screen  you can see someone addressing the Media People.  She is the Julie Chen of Canada, who will host the show.  Her name is Arisa Cox and  I think she some sort of Canadian radio personality.  I'm sure she will forge her own identity on the show.  It's hard to imitate the Chenbot, and she doesn't have the wacky persona of the UK hosts.  She's got cool hair, though.  And no discernible Canadian accent, that I could tell.

Look who turned up on screen, issuing instructions to the Media People?  Yes, it's our own Dan Gheesling, sporting his headband.

Here is the Diary Room, complete with whining Talking Head.  I already know more than I wanted to know about this guy.  ("Me, me, me, me, me....")  But I digress....

Here is the hallway, and at least one of the bedrooms.  This bedroom also resembles the BB UK house, with all of the beds in one room.  I recently watched the last two seasons of the BB UK Celebrity Big Brother and I think this bedroom set up prohibits alliances and scheming.  I think you need the separate sleeping areas to divide the crowd.  But the beds surely look fresh and comfortable, don't they?  Love the storage benches at the foot of the beds, too.  But I'm sure that bedroom will be a filthy mess in no time, right?

And the Media People were already whining about covering up the cameras for privacy.  Don't worry, we don't need to see all of that.  Not that we are allowed to, anyway, down here in the US. So much for NAFTA, huh?

The bath room has a "Union Station" type theme and is also to die for.  If not a little small.  Love the tile, though.

And here is the gorgeous dining table and kitchen.  The nomination ceremony is sure to be a different experience at a rectangular table.

Here is the storage room.  Seeing this, I realize how BADLY the BB US house needs a makeover. 

And here is the backyard.  The entire set is on a soundstage, so the backyard is not really outside.  This is also like the BB UK house, but the weather demands it, I'm sure.  I hear there is actually some sort of secret door to an area that is actually outside, with a hot tub.  There is a dark blue pool over to the left of the blue lounge chairs.  Surely it is a heated pool.  There is a sandbox set up in the middle of the shiny blue floor that the Media People used for a challenge.  Not sure if it will be a permanent part of the set.

Recognize this Media Day guest?  Yep, that is Murtz Jaffer, who is a legend in the reality media world.  Murtz is a big Boston Rob fan, so he's okay by me.  Go get 'em Murtz.

 You can watch the entire video below.  I will not be able to post links to the Big Brother Canada shows because I'm pretty sure it won't be kosher to do that.  But I plan to keep up with what is going on in there over the entire 10-week series.   The live feeds are free, if you can access them.

Watching this video, the importance of casting is emphasized.  I ran through this video twice while writing this post, snapping pictures and trying to keep up with the action.  But I have no idea who won, even though apparently I watched that part twice.

But I know who got evicted.  Because he said "Well, Fuck You!" before he left.  Funny.

That is another big difference between the BB US and the BB UK version.  They get to say the Eff Word CONSTANTLY and many other words and topics off limits here in the US, even on the live shows.  The Celebrity UK version also featured a well-known local TV celebrity in her 70's (Julie Goodyear?) pretending to go down on a banana held in the crotch of a male go-go dancer.  And they showed this footage OVER and OVER and OVER, including Julie's highlight reel.  (Julie Chen would never!)

One more thing about BB UK Celebrity----I can't say I am a big Jersey Shore fan, but I watched the Summer 2012 version of this series to see The Situation, who was part of the cast.  I felt strangely protective of him, because I realized the US made him a TV star, then chewed him up and spit him out.  I think he went on the show right after he got out of rehab, but I never heard him talk about that.  Nor Dancing With the Stars.  I never heard him mention that, either.

He did very well on the show, and gained a huge following in the UK.  Without all of the drinking and carousing, he is kind of a quiet guy who cooked for everyone and didn't make too many waves.  He had his heart broken on the show by one of the other cast members.  He thought she was a beautiful, sweet, innocent girl (with HUGE TITS), but he learned that the reason she is famous is for doing porn, and being on some reality show where she did nasty things on camera for money and gifts.  Mike was shocked when he found out and that was the big storyline on the series.

I'm certainly not begrudging the girl for earning a living (Danica Thrall?).  I was just sad that she hurt The Situation's feelings and gave him the boot for "The Prince", who was on The Bachelor a few years ago.  Remember him?  Yeah, this show was like an acid trip.  The whole thing made Jersey Shore seem like a G-Rated family show.  If you have the time, you should look for the series and watch it.

Oh, I nearly forgot.  Big Brother Canada. Here you go.


Slop Sucks, Eh? #BBCAN

I think the marketing department is hitting this out of the park up there in Canada.  You know, except for the fact that even the Big Brother Super Fans in the US still have no idea whether we will be able to watch the show or not.  But that's just a minor detail.

In order to publicize tonight's premiere of Big Brother Canada on Slice TV, a "Big Brother Slopmobile" has been tooling around Toronto offering samples of slop to the public.

Oh yeah, Dan Gheesling is there, too.

Needless to say, this is causing some excitement for our friends to the north.

Are those raisins in the slop?  Chocolate chunks?  Chopped dates?