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.
One of the many “Twisted” twists set to hit the Big Brother 16 house this summer will include a double dose of the HoH and its nominations. Instead of just one pair of nominated HGs this season there’s set to be up to four players on the chopping block.
In her surprise reveal of a slew of twists last week Julie Chen revealed details on how the title of HoH would be shared along with all its spoils and pitfalls. “Each HOH will have the responsibility of nominating two fellow Houseguests for eviction every week; however, for the first time on the series, earning HOH will not guarantee one’s safety in the game for the week,” CBS explained in a follow-up release.
So how could this all play out on BB16? There’s been plenty of speculation which is all we can really do at this point, but during Ian Terry’s “Winners Tell All” chat session he offered a reasonable theory.
The Big Brother Early Bird discount pricing for your Live Feeds is set to expire soon in just a few more days. If you’re planning to watch those in-house, uncensored cameras then you better “get to steppin'” or you’ll miss the sale and end up paying more.
Every year I get signed up for the Big Brother Feeds because there’s really no other way to fully experience the show without them. CBS’s episodes are a great supplement, but when their edits are done the game we see on TV is often very different from actual events we watched days before.
If you’re new to Big Brother or trying to decide on the Feeds then here’s what you need to know. There are 76 cameras in that house this year, all in High-Def, and 100+ microphones. Using your Feeds subscription you can view up to four cameras at a time allowing you to watch and listen in on “private” conversations and events going on in the house.
Not only do you get to watch the day to day events like scheming, lying, and backyard sunbathing, but when it comes time to endurance competitions, typically major turning points in the season, you’ll be able to watch them live as it plays out.
To get signed up you can visit this link and get your Season Pass for a one-time fee of $23.99 with the preseason, pre-order discount. That sale price ends next Wednesday, June 25, 2014 and then goes up to $26.99 for the exact same thing. There’s also a $9.99/month option available in-season, but you’ll pay $30 instead of $24 right now or $27 next week. If you’d rather pay more just send me the $3/$6 and get the Early Bird Season Pass instead.
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Now if you just can’t get the Feeds, then that’s cool too because that’s why we’re here. Every day I’ll have daily event summaries for you to share and discuss what’s going on in the house complete with picture galleries (in lovely High-Def this season!). I won’t let you miss a thing.
In summary, Big Brother Live Feeds = awesome way to fully enjoy the season; Early Bird sale = best way to get your Season Pass; Waiting until later & paying more = not such a good idea. Enjoy!