Saturday, February 3, 2018

Undecided About the Unknown. #CBBUS

Well, it's almost here.  Celebrity Big Brother starts airing next week through multiple channels, in multiple countries.  CBS is really mixing up the distribution plan for this new series, which is based on the old series that has been airing in the UK for years now.

If you haven't watched the UK edition of Celebrity Big Brother, I should warn you not to expect what we see every season on the standard summer edition of US Big Brother, or even the twisted, crazed version of BB Over The Top we watched in the Fall of 2016.

One thing we can expect is for technical glitches and flubs to occur with the Production crew, as they ramp up preparations for the CBS premiere on February 7th.  For example, communication with the website team clearly needs to take place.  This is what the CBS Celebrity Big Brother website is currently reporting about the show:

This edition of Big Brother is only scheduled to air for a few weeks, so voting one Celebrity out each week is clearly not going to work.  But maybe I don't understand math.  The UK edition certainly plays it by ear, with various twists and turns that obviously depend on unexpected variables such as players being ejected for poor conduct or insensitive comments, and also for breakout stars who suddenly require more camera time and exposure.

For example, in 2015, the actor who played "Hobie" on Baywatch was ejected from the house after getting sloppy drunk and allegedly groping some breasts.  I've only covered the UK edition a handful of times on this website, but I have to say I enjoyed reading my account of this just now, even if I barely remember writing it.


I'm sure you are all aware of  the cast members who were announced recently during the Grammy's telecast.  And that Grammy telecast had the lowest ratings ever, in case you were wondering.  CBS will likely start running ads in prime time, in heavy rotation, no doubt featuring Omarosa, who I'm sure is the highest-paid house guest of the season.  For good reason, too, because she has a proven ability to stir up trouble with her haughty presence and enunciation-style, and she just got fired from the White House, so that's a good get for Production.  Previous to her firing, Omarosa apparently had "walk in" privileges with regard to the Oval Office, so just chew on that for a moment.

You all know I try to steer away from politics on this blog, because I don't want to get into that whole mess, but I'd be remiss not to mention what Omarosa has been up to.  She'll certainly be talking about it, although apparently there is chatter that she signed quite a lengthy contract with political powers-that-be about weighing her words very carefully while being filmed.  Omarosa may be an idiot, but she's not stupid.

And why does this Maslow fellow have that scrollbar under his picture on the CBS website?  Do you think someone will fix that?  No, I don't think so either.

Brandi Glanville just appeared on the UK edition of CBB, and apparently she was a last minute addition for this US edition to replace someone who had dropped out.  I had been hoping, really hoping that Lindsey Lohan would be cast, but maybe Omarosa didn't leave enough room in the budget for that.  Brandi is very trashy, and is known for being incredibly rude when she was on the cast of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.  For example, at a dinner party at David Foster's house, she commented on Babyface's wife's engagement ring in front of everyone, saying that the stone was way too small for a celebrity's wife.

I love Ross Matthews, and know he's a big fan of Big Brother.  I don't have any strong feelings about any other house guests, other than Mark McGrath, who is an all around good guy.  A few years ago I "reconnected" with Mark by hearing his interview on the Allegedly Podcast.  He has so many stories to tell there, including:

*  Being the opening act for the Rolling Stones and seeing Mick and Keith in the wings bobbing their heads while Mark sang "Every Morning".  (One of the greatest pop songs of the 90's.)

*Unsuccessfully tying to keep up with Kid Rock on the party circuit, with career-ruining results.

Mark is a great talent and a humble guy who should have some good stories to tell in the house. And you know I like house guests who can weave a good yarn.

And Metta World Peace legally changed his name so we would forget that he used to be Ron Artest.  Do you think Production will finally have an actual security team on hand to break things up if necessary?  Because with Metta and Chuck Liddell in there, some real shit could go down.

Keshia is a hometown Atlanta girl, so I have to pull for her, but you know damn well she won't be telling any Cosby stories in there.  And no way can she be a big enough bitch to get Brandi or Omarosa to back down.

Oh, I almost forgot.  I'm relatively positive that there will be another cast member joining sometime during the premiere, or maybe even afterwards.  I think Julie already stated that no former BB players would be cast, but CBS also said the show would premiere in January, so the entire situation is pretty fluid.

Who do you think it will be?  I hate to say it, but I think it might be Frankie Grande.  Or maybe Speidi.  That would be fun.  Who doesn't love or love to hate Speidi?


The show will be broadcast on CBS several nights per week, and apparently every night on Big Brother After Dark.  CBS is also taking an unprecedented step of making the episodes available on You Tube in 17 countries. At least, I think that is correct.

Here is a thread from Jokers with the CBS schedule in case you don't have DVR capabilities.

And get ready to hear a bunch of complaints from the "fans", because I doubt we will have 24-hour live feed access.  CBS has already stated that some privacy clauses are in effect, which should surprise no one.  Maybe they even took the cameras out of the WC and the shower altogether, because I can see where that would be a huge issue for some of these girls.

Here's Something:  I hope Production does something to make Omarosa mad.  That would be fun to watch.  When she was on the original season of The Apprentice, a loose piece of acoustic ceiling tile hit her on the head, and she sued The Donald over it.  So I hope CBS had their best legal team work on her contract.  Just saying.  Imagine if some enterprising live feeder snaps a nip slip of her?  There is going to be hell to pay for that, and we all know that hell has high operating costs.


I don't know how involved I'm going to be with all of this.  As many of you know, I am a CPA with my own tax practice and this is my busiest time of the year.  Not to mention the double-whammy of the new 2018 Tax Act, which is taking quite a bit of time on my end with client communications.

My work requires me to be mentally engaged in what I'm doing, and I don't even listen to music or podcasts while I'm doing tax returns.  I'm too busy thinking about things that actually matter to me and my clients.  So there is no way I'll be able to provide the usual comprehensive daily posts I write during the regular BB seasons.

Plus, I'm kind of over it all.  Even Survivor.  I still watch it, but the Producer interventions on that show, not to mention the lack of "survival" required to participate have really taken me out of what was always the exciting part of the show.  But that's another story altogether.

I will probably do some tweeting about the live feeds, particularly if I hear something juicy or scandalous.  And at night on my treadmill I will probably watch the live feeds instead of Hulu or Netflix shows, so I will have things to say about that, I'm sure.  I'll try to do something here, maybe a brief summary of the action, but I'll have to play it by ear.

Would you guys like to have a daily thread here for discussions?  Unlike other message boards, I don't care if you curse, and don't want to make this site a cesspool of political BS, but other than that I am willing to let the comments fly because many of you are witty and quite chatty.


I did have quite a long post in process covering the end of BB19, with commentary about some of the post-season interviews and general shennannigans.  But I got sidetracked by life and as time went on, I felt guiltier and guiltier about not posting, and ended up avoiding the blog altogether.  This morning I had to delete that post-in-progress without even looking at it, so I could just move on and stop blaming myself about it.

And let's face it, in the old days, it was hard to find post-season gossip and pictures, but now with all of the social media whoring that goes on, anyone with an internet connection can indulge in as much as they'd like of the topic.  So you really didn't need me and my blabber anyway.

So everyone already knows about:

Kevin using every last character of the new 240 Twitter allotment for emojis and Kevinisms.  (But we still love him, right?)
Jessica and Cody tearing up The Amazing Race. (SPOILER ALERT:  They made the Finale and I think they came in second, although some folks swear they won it all.)
Mark and Elena trying really, really hard to compete with that.
*  Raven is still Raven, and still has the usual Raven-Related Needs.

But here is something that I had planned to write about, and could not bring myself to delete without including it here.  Christmas was not honest with somebody, but was that somebody this girl?  Or us?  Or is this girl the liar?  This was posted in the days before the BB19 Finale, in case you're wondering.  I think Jen is the one who was holding Christmas up in that video of her falling-down-drunk after one of the Finale parties.

You know, the party where everyone took pictures in front of a garbage dumpster instead of a step-and-repeat?

After that nasty bit of shade, I'll leave you today with something sweet, one of my favorite Sugar Ray songs from the 90's.  Everybody loves Sugar Ray and especially Mark McGrath.