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This Week On Big Brother 17: Season Premiere & Live Feeds Launch

| June 21, 2015 at 2:45 PM EDT

This week on Big Brother 17 the season premiere arrives with a two-night event starting Wednesday, June 24th at 8/7c followed by a second episode on Thursday at 8/7c, and the launch of the Big Brother Live Feeds & “After Dark” following the west coast conclusion of the second show.

Big Brother 17 premieres June 2015 on CBS

Big Brother 17 premieres June 2015 – source: CBS

We’ve met the new BB17 cast and toured the redesigned house, but we’re still waiting for the 2015 season to kick off with our first look at the Houseguests in action. They’ve been in the house since last Thursday which lends credibility to the rumor that someone will be evicted on the second show.

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Big Brother After Dark Returns As Julie Chen Warns “Don’t Sleep” [VIDEO]

| June 20, 2015 at 1:30 PM EDT

Big Brother returns this week and with it comes “After Dark” starting after Thursday’s episode on its same-channel-new-name home of Pop, formerly called “TVGN.” But whatever you do, “don’t sleep!”

Julie Chen warns, "Don't Sleep," as Big Brother After Dark returns

Julie Chen warns, “Don’t Sleep,” as Big Brother After Dark returns – Source: Pop

The BBAD owl is back with a Big Brother poem for just for you in this exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming After Dark promo set to air next week. Watch the clip below:

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Diary Room: Adam Poch’s Player Rankings: Big Brother 17 – Week 0

| June 19, 2015 at 9:30 AM EDT

And we’re back… another season of Big Brother is upon us. The new BB17 Houseguests are getting ready to move in and start competing for $500,000… BUT FIRST…

Adam Poch on Big Brother 13

Adam Poch on Big Brother 13 – Source: CBS

It’s time for my preseason Bacon/Tofu rankings for each player. Once the season starts, my rankings will be based on how the HGs are playing the game. But since they have not started playing yet, I will base it on their preseason interviews with Matt & Big Brother Network.

Some general observations- they were all forced to watch Big Brother 10 & 16 – since that’s the season that got quoted the most. Everyone understands the “get to know everyone first” method perfected by Dan & Derrick on those seasons. A lot of them said that’s the way they want to play. But chances are – there will be some Brians & Joeys in this bunch. As usual – there are players share similar qualities to previous HGs. And some fit the same tried & true molds we’ve seen over & over. We do have 2 new categories of players this year, Hillbilly Asian & Transgender. I am glad we have these two rather than two more model type recruits.

Besides the Bacon or Tofu – I will also take a guess on how far they will go. I will never pick who I think will win before they move in and I see how they interact with each other.

John McGuire – 5 strips of 23K Gold Dusted Chocolate Covered Bacon* – I have no idea if he will be a player or voted out week 1 – but he gave the best answer on why he was cast “maybe it’s cause I sound stupid when I talk.” If he can keep his annoying fandom down – and, as he also says, “keep his mouth shut” early, he will go far. I think he will be the Judd (BB15) of the season – everyone will love him, but somewhere in the top 6, they will have to get rid of him.
* – this does exist and I have a strip in my freezer now!

Vanessa Rousso – 4 strips of Bacon – I am sure she will be a lot of people’s prediction to win it all because of her poker background. She admits the toughest part will be playing & reading these people for 100 days. That’s a long long long time & unlike poker, she is not only playing against the other HG’s – she’s playing against the house. Those walls can break people. I see her in the jury – and most likely top 6. She will not be the one someone will want to take to the final 2, so she will need to win out to get the $.

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Big Brother 17 Is A Go: Houseguests Head Inside As Game Begins

| June 18, 2015 at 9:00 PM EDT

Earlier today the Big Brother 17 Houseguests passed through the front door and officially launched the 2015 season as we prepare for next Wednesday’s premiere event.

Studio 18 on CBS lot in Los Angeles

Big Brother House, Studio 18 on the CBS lot in Los Angeles

In an announcement by Fly On The Wall, the company behind Big Brother, we learned things had “officially started” in the BB17 house and in just under a 100 days someone will be $500K richer:

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Alum Matt Hoffman Pulls His Diamond Veto On Big Brother 17 Cast

| June 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM EDT

Hello once again, Big Brother superfans! It’s your ol’ buddy from Season 12, Matt Hoffman, here to do my annual Big Brother Network cast release commentary (which also doubles as one of the few remaining ways I cling to my long-expired Z-list stardom). This season we have 14 new specimens to examine, so let’s get right into this…

Matt Hoffman

Big Brother alum Matt Hoffman

Audrey MiddletonAudrey Middleton, 25
Hometown: Villa Rica, Ga.
Current City: Villa Rica, Ga.
Occupation: Digital Media Consultant

By now I’m sure you’ve all heard that Big Brother has jumped on the “what’s hot now” bandwagon broken new ground in equality and cast a transgender person for Season 17. That transgender person is Audrey, and she is the full package. Hmmm…poor choice of words…but suffice to say, I think that Audrey’s methodical approach to the game gives her a great shot at taking the winning title. She says she doesn’t want to model her game after any past contestant, and instead compares her style to Dexter Morgan (of the Showtime series Dexter). Ritualistically murdering your fellow housemates is certainly a unique strategy that I haven’t seen play out before. Let’s hope there’s plenty of extra rolls of saran wrap in the storage room and that the live feeds don’t cut out during the kills.

Austin MatelsonAustin Matelson, 30
Hometown: Woodland Hills, Calif.
Current City: Woodland Hills, Calif.
Occupation: Professional Wrestler

I’m glad I watched the video interview and didn’t just go off a picture on this one, because I learned that Austin is actually not homeless, and he does appear to bathe on occasion. Austin is an ex-WWE wrestler who is semi-retired and is now competing on Big Brother…almost like the “alternate universe” version of Jessie Godderz – an ex-Big Brother contestant who is semi-retired (he seems to always creep back into seasons) and is now competing in professional wrestling. Austin’s wrestling name is “Judas”, which makes any true Big Brother superfan really REALLY hope that somehow Season 10’s Jerry MacDonald makes his way back into the house. One particular thing to note about Judas is that it takes him less than 2-minutes into the interview before he puts on a top hat for the duration. I’m still up in the air as to whether this makes me love him or hate him.

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Our Big Brother 17 Cast Interviews – One On One With New Houseguests

| June 17, 2015 at 4:00 PM EDT

This week I met with the newly announced Big Brother 17 cast as each of the Houseguests sat down for a one on one interview where I had the chance to pick their soon-to-be-mush brains before they head inside the house.

Big Brother 17 cast interviews

Big Brother Network’s BB17 cast interviews released

After CBS’s early reveal of their Big Brother cast interviews, all of which are available now in the Live Feeds archive, we’ve now been given the green light to share our collection of videos as well.

Working from a combination of newly developed questions, some trusty ones from past years, and lots of great suggestions from readers I set out to discover a mix of the HGs’ background, their strategy, and what we could expect from them inside the Big Brother 17 house.

Watch our BB17 interview videos below and if you enjoy them please share with your friends!

Any early favorites for you in the mix here? Several of them surprised me between what I read in their bios and what I discovered in person. This really does seem like a strong cast and I love how so many of them are actual, real Big Brother fans.

Feel free to share these videos and/or embed them on your site or profiles. If you enjoyed our interviews, please considering going through our links & banners to get your Live Feeds ordered this season. That helps offset the high cost of the cross country trip to film these. Thanks!

Big Brother Network’s BB17 Cast Interview Videos:

Audrey Middleton (25) – Bio & details

Austin Matelson (30) – Bio & details

Becky Burgess (26) – Bio & details

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