After much speculation that this year would be a return of former HGs for a Big Brother All-Stars 2 it turned out to be a good ol’ cast of all newbies. So when could we see another All-Stars? Not too much longer, says executive producer Allison Grodner.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, a site notorious for their inability to read a clock when it comes to releasing casting details at the right time, Grodner discussed the temptation of bringing back retreads:
As you’ve seen in recent past seasons, we’ve brought back several all-star players. It just depends on what we’re looking to do each season.
We’re in season 16 — our last full all-star [season] was seven, so I’m sure there’s one in the near future. [Right now] we’re building up more all-stars.
It’s an argument I’ve made before and it still stands: they’ve drained the All-Stars pond with too many trips to get a drink. A few retreads that season, a few in that one over there, a couple more pairs here, and suddenly you’ve used up all your best options. They need to stop bringing back HGs for awhile, restock their arsenal, and then come at us with some great players that we haven’t already seen three times in the past five years.
But it is good to know they’re thinking long term on this. The original Big Brother All-Stars (BB7) was so good there’s a high bar set for it. They can’t be messing around and half-ass it. I feel better knowing it won’t be rushed. Well, at least they don’t currently intend to.
So yes, another Big Brother All-Stars is ahead of us, but I think we’ve got some time.
Big Brother 16 fans planning to purchase their Live Feeds subscription should take note of the upcoming Early Bird deadline. The annual preseason sale ends this Wednesday, June 25, 2014 when the discount ends and the price goes up.
The preseason pre-order of Live Feeds will secure you a full season pass no matter how early you sign-up. If you signed up last month then you get the exact same coverage with your season pass as someone who gets theirs two weeks in to the season. Only difference is you’ll pay less now.
Right now you can lock in your Early Bird rate of $23.99 for the full three months of coverage. If you wait until Thursday then you’ll have to pay more and even though it’s just a few dollars more, why would you want to do that? Come on, we all know we’re going to get our Feeds this season so best to save yourself some coin and be ready for the Live Feeds launch.
Reminder: There is no discount code or promo code for the Live Feeds preseason sale. You can safely leave that box blank and you will get the Early Bird sale price.
If you sign up today or already got your Season Pass for this season then you’ll be able to tune in for the final “Winners Tell All” live chat at 3PM ET (12PM PT) hosted by Jeff Schroeder.
Today Tuesday he’ll be talking with Andy Herren, the winner of last season’s Big Brother. But if Andy’s not your cup of tea then you can check out lots of other interviews including other Winners’ chats and Jeff’s talk with Big Brother executive producers that was actually very interesting.
Lastly, I say it all the time, but if you’re planning to sign-up please do so by clicking one of my links or banners to get to the subscription sign-up form. Doing it that way credits my site with a referral and is a big part of how I’m able to do this site every summer and cover costs like going to Los Angeles to do our cast interviews. So thank you for everyone who does that and thank you to everyone who doesn’t but still visits us each day as a faithful reader!
The always fun Media Day coverage for Big Brother 16 has now been released and with it comes our first look at the BB16 backyard, Diary Room, and new dual screen Memory Wall in action.
The press is back this season with representatives from People magazine, ET, CBS affiliates, and yep, even Xfinity. Yeah, I don’t know on that last one, but they’ve got someone each year recently. The day is a big test run for production as well as a chance for them to get big outlets excited for the premiere (and then they promptly disappear again until the end of the season).
This season Rachel Reilly was back but this time she wasn’t the only Big Brother alumni to do so. She was joined by appearances by Mike Boogie and Jessie Godderz because no season is complete without Jessie.
In the footage shared by CBS through People mag’s Patrick Gomez we get to see the short-term players/Houseguests enter the house, do their champagne cheer, and then get right to the action. Boogie is there to host the HoH competition which is a “majority rules” style game. You won’t see this one show up in the real game anymore because of how easily an alliance can plan to all answer “A” no matter the question.
We get to see the new Memory Wall in action. Then after the Nomination Ceremony, where they use the same key block as we’ve seen in recent seasons, HGs were greeted by Jessie who hosts the Veto competition. It’s the “build a Veto” comp we saw with HGs going “back in time”, but it still looks like fun.
When the HGs go inside the Diary Room to vote we get a look at the new DR. Bright green in a nature-ish style fitting of this season’s “treehouse” theme. What do you think of the new look? Seems like we’ve had blue in there for so long that it’s nice for a change.
Watch the full thirty-minute video below and check out the picture gallery to see what all went down. Notice the beautiful and clear images? That’s because the house is in High Definition this year! Finally! The Live Feeds are going to look gorgeous this season. Can’t wait to see it all in just a few more days. Big Brother 16 premieres on CBS this Wednesday at 8PM ET/PT.
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While we’ve discussed plenty of Big Brother 16 speculation of a teams arrangement we can now confirm that yes, it appears as though the Two Night Move-In Big Brother premiere will feature HGs entering in two groups of eight each night over the Wednesday and Thursday episodes.
Thanks to the quick eyes of reader @mgeater06, we can see the details from the upcoming schedule which describes Thursday night’s episode, the second half of the premiere:
“The second group of eight participants is introduced and as all houseguests settle into the home where they will be competing Julie Chen reveals details about two new twists…”
We’ve also seen in the general descriptions online that Wednesday night’s episode will include the first Head of Household competition. So it does appear there will be predetermined halves to the house with teams of eight set up and ready from the very start.
Note: I’m using “teams” and “groups” interchangeably here. We don’t know if they’ll play as teams going forward after move-in, but they will be competing along split divisions for at least the start.
Team A will enter on Wednesday and compete for Head of Household. Then on Thursday night Team B will repeat the process. That’s how we’ll end up with first set of Double HoHs.
As for if Team A’s HoH will nominate from its own team or the other side is yet to be seen, but this is a definite change up for a game play we’ve come to know. Will the uninitiated HGs have an advantage here over the super fans who are expecting and preparing for one thing but will be confronted with something completely else? Discuss!
There is always enough speculation each Big Brother preseason to keep ourselves busy and that hasn’t slowed down as we approach the season premiere on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. One of the latest rumors is that we’ll see a battle of the sexes. I’m not so convinced.
Few things are pointing fans toward the possibility of a Men Vs Women season of Big Brother this summer. Setting it all up are the split memory wall screens which many said indicated a “Blood VS Water” theme. Well that theme didn’t pan out, but the teams speculating continued on.
CBS went and posted articles on the official Big Brother site for “meet the men” and “meet the women” in separate postings. Grouping them like this was another cited reason for a battle of the sexes. Heck, I was even told by at least four of the women HGs that they wanted to form an all-girls alliance. An unlikely strategy, but if production was looking to go this route then they’d need to have willing and ready participants. So is that where we’re heading?
Many fans had hoped that CBS would move Big Brother After Dark back to SHO2 after it’s trip to TVGN last summer. That’s not going to happen. At least not this year.
“After Dark” will be back on TVGN starting this Thursday night following the conclusion of the second episode of Big Brother 16. I’m sure that will disappoint those who had enjoyed a truly uncensored view in to the house each night on SHO2. Following the announcement of its move to TVGN last year I was assured the experience and censoring would be the same. Obviously that was not accurate and viewers were instead treated to extremely heavy-handed censorship.
So what can viewers expect this year? Pretty much the same thing. Though it’s worth nothing the censorship was improved to a core list by the end of the last season of Big Brother, but it’s still going to happen and will definitely impact the fun-factor.