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Allison Grodner Interview: Celebrity Big Brother, More Bobby, & One Vet’s Impact

It was another whirlwind week for Big Brother 19 with Paul continuing his domination of the house along with a fantastic guest host in Bobby Moynihan. Then to top it all off Julie Chen announced fantastic news: Celebrity Big Brother. Amazing! We’re thrilled and had to find out more, but it sounds like we’ve got some waiting to do on that.

Read what Big Brother Executive Producer Allison Grodner had to say on all the action this past week and what we can look forward to with “BB Celebrity” this winter.

Big Brother Network: A new Big Brother series! Celebrity Big Brother sounds fantastic and we’re very excited. How will Jury be handled or will the public be voting for the winner of CBB? And will that winner be playing for charity?

Allison Grodner: Whoa! We just announced that this is happening and we still have a crazy BB summer to finish. We are very excited to dive in and figure out the creative details as soon as BB19 crowns a winner.

Bobby Moynihan was a fantastic surprise guest for the Houseguests (and the fans out here), especially since he’s also a big fan of the show. How hard was it for Bobby to hold back and not reveal anything since he’s a fan?

Grodner: We loved having Bobby in the house and he genuinely had a great time with the houseguests. It is always best when the special celebrity guests who visit are also fans of the show. It seemed like he couldn’t stop smiling and I thought his diary room interview was one of the highlights. He played by the rules in the house and we would welcome him back anytime as a visitor or a houseguest.

In a preseason interview you described bringing back Paul as “one returner shouldn’t skew things too much for people that don’t appreciate that.” Now that we’re down to F5 and have seen how much of the season has gone how would you respond to that same topic of a returning player and the impact on this season?

Grodner: I would say that what happened this season is unique. We would never have predicted that one returning player would be able to control almost every one of his housemates and avoid eviction for an entire summer. These people knew who Paul was and that he made it to finals last year yet they still chose to keep him, not put him on the block, and trust him 100%. Every season is different and I highly doubt we will ever see this happen again.

Thank you!

Okay, so no more early details on Celebrity Big Brother, but we did get lots of info last night and they’re obviously going to wait until BB19 is over before shifting the spotlight. Speaking of CBB, does it sound like there could be an opening for Bobby in there??

As for Paul’s impact on the season, well Paul’s takeover of the season, at least Grodner admits it was more than they expected. Hopefully that’s something her team considers when the inevitable discussion comes up again for more returning players on Big Brother.

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  • Observation: so many people complaining worst season ever and can't stand to watch it yet keep on watching and posting. And the hate comments about certain houseguests are interestingly as mean and petty as said houseguests. And to Matthew, thanks for interview questions. Seems you are often blasted for not asking certain questions or giving her time of day. I like reading them!

    • It's hilarious. I don't even know how many seasons I have see "this is the worst season ever. I will never watch again." then that same person is back the next season making the same comment. and the next. and the next.

    • Oh, absolutely. We all get catty. And let's face it, we always see those "worst season ever"and "won't ever watch again" comments, and we mock them every time because they never follow through. Just the way the BB fandom - well, any fandom, really - works.

  • She and Mehan are the reasons we get this boring crap. This is what the 2nd or 3rd season in a row we have returning vets, the vet won last year, the vet will win this year and we are just supposed to believe this season is an anomaly? Does she think the audience is stupid? I knew premier night that Paul would never be voted out. They gave him "friendship bracelets", in order to stay you have to try to impress Paul? Why? And don't even get me started on the 3 weeks safety they gave him. "But there was America's vote". Where were the results? It's all a lie, it's a summer replacement show that USED to be a game no matter what Grodner tries to tell us

    • Reveal to the viewers on premier night (and periodically thru out the season) the order of twists/temptations/rewards/DEs, etc. That would eliminate the appearance of gearing such to a particular HG(s) in order to "choreograph" a particular outcome. Additionally, Julie should simply announce the evicted HG, but not the vote total. HGs would then be much more likely to vote his/her conscience .... creating all sorts of speculation about loyalty and alliances.

  • Grodner: I would say that what happened this season is unique. We would never have predicted that one returning player would be able to control almost every one of his housemates and avoid eviction for an entire summer. These people knew who Paul was and that he made it to finals last year yet they still chose to keep him, not put him on the block, and trust him 100%. Every season is different and I highly doubt we will ever see this happen again.

    She's not wrong. As much as we armchair-produce the show, Paul was definitely an X factor, other than obviously winning fan polls early on.

    That said, she did say "almost control every one of his housemates", the allusion clearly being Cody and Jessica. And this is why I am voting for Cody as America's player. This season, other than Jessica, he was the one to go against the grain, the one to say, "no Paul, you don't run this house."

    Just my .02

    • I agree to a part of that, however hg have talked about production trying to push them a certain way of thinking. That's when BB will say. Your not allowed to talk about yyour Dr sessions. So they steered some of this.

  • I'm on the fence about Celebrity BB. I fear it will be a bunch of D list celebrities (like DWTS), most of whom I have never heard of, competing to be the most outrageous HG. Let's face it if you have time to spend 3 months in the BB house you obviously don't have much going on career wise. These "celebrities" probably view it as an opportunity to get some face time and jump start their careers again. Also, I can't believe that AG and CBS haven't already determined who the celebrity HGs are as I doubt they would announce a show without assurance that they have a cast. Having said all that I will give it a shot but anticipate a train wreck of a season.

    • That is something I fear as well. My hope is that it is not 3 months. I would love to have a lot of big brother, but 3 months is a long time for actual celebrities to take off. Make it more like a month or 6 weeks (more double evictions maybe make the "weeks" 2 episodes instead of 3 to speed up the game) and you can get real celebrities who are ok taking that amount of time off. Sadly my guess is 3 months of lousy celebrities who don't know the game well where the celebrity I am most familiar with is "oh that's the guy who was on a season of that show 10 years ago".

    • Couldnt agree more. We all know, as most of us are superfans, we're going to watch this trainwreck and critique the crap put of it. But that's what makes this site awesome! If it wasn't for this site, id have "nobody to talk to", learn more about what's going on, and have more of a open mind with others opposing views.

  • Here is who I am guessing will be the "celebrities" on the celebrity season (I don't know the actual celebrities, but there is a good chance at least a couple of these commonly used "celebrities" are on it)

    Kathy Griffin
    Stephen Baldwin
    Tila Tequila
    Dennis Rodman
    Hiedi Montag
    Vanilla Ice
    Blac Chyna

    Carrot Top
    Aaron Carter
    Flava Flav
    "New York"

    Joey FatoneHaylie Duff
    Brooke Hogan
    "fan favorite" Frankie Grande

  • "I highly doubt we will ever see this happen again. (a returning player control the whole house for the whole summer)"

    Well, Allison, see to it that it does NOT happen again!! :-)

  • I loved every minute of Paul coming back, Its always fascinating watching how people can manipulate other people. I wasn't his biggest fan but I am now. There are always haters and always going to be no matter what happens. I'd love watching more of them. People complain that Paul had an advantage, many of them did and didn't use them to further their games. Paul will be the best big brother Player in BB history in my eyes if he pull this off. Other than Dr Will of course. Paul had to work 100 times harder than anyone else. He has Played an amazing game. I'm so disappointed in past vets reactions, I see Jealousy. Derrick for instance, He wasn't a great player. He just happened to be in a house full of giant personality's he could hide behind. I am disappointed he went into BB19 house and gave Josh advice. He had no right to interfere with the game. I'm an avid superman and I've loved this season.He didn't lay in bed all day, he's Playing the game. I adore some of the other HG especially Josh. I love it! Good Job Allison!

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