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Mapping The Big Brother 16 Cast: ‘Where Are They From?’

| June 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM EDT

The Big Brother season 16 list of Houseguests was revealed yesterday and we’re all getting to know them as we prepare for the 2-Night premiere event on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. So where are these new HGs calling home? Check out our map plotting out their locations below.

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Big Brother 16 cast map – Credit: BigBrotherNetwork.com

With more open-call casting events this year I was especially interested in seeing where the most cast members were pulled in to the show. Of course with so many recruits this year it makes it difficult to get a feel on that. But, if casting was in-town for an event then they were also trolling the bars looking for HGs as well. Keep that in mind, future Big Brother Hopefuls.

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Big Brother 16 Introduces ‘Team America’ Interactive Voting [POLL]

| June 20, 2014 at 8:30 AM EDT

This season of Big Brother introduces a new twist, one of many, that will keep viewers voting and the Houseguests sweating the outcome. In fact, it’s already begun.

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Team America – Putting The ‘F’ Back In Fixed

On Wednesday Julie Chen revealed a Big Brother 16 twist called “Team America.” Of course that is the same name as the 2004 movie from the South Park guys which means I’ll have the unsuitable jingle in my head every time I type “Team America.” Yep, see there it went again.

While BB16’s version won’t involve marionettes trying to save the world, there will still be plenty of strings being pulled. Hopefully just by us. How does it all work? Online voting will get viewers engaged in making decisions that are going to effect the house, but how that’s going to work inside the game we do not know.

The first vote was open briefly yesterday and in the rush of working all the Big Brother 16 cast content I completely missed my chance to vote before the polling closed. No worries though, I’m putting up our own poll here so vote below and we can see how this could all turn out.

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Big Brother 16 Cast Announced – Houseguest Bios & Interviews

| June 19, 2014 at 12:01 PM EDT

Ready to meet the Big Brother 16 cast of Houseguests who will keep you entertained this summer as we watch their every move? Earlier this week I sat down for one-on-one interviews with each of the cast members and can now reveal what I learned from my time speaking with them.

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Big Brother 16 cast revealed ahead of season premiere next week!

The Big Brother cast includes a wide range of players this season with the youngest at 21 up to the oldest at 42. Most of this season’s HGs are running down the middle of the ages with an average of 27 years. Along with age, there’s a lot of diversity this season to answer that question from fans on the new cast. It feels like a good spread of backgrounds and personalities and after last season I think we can expect better behavior all around.

As to what I learned of the twist, it’s obviously not an All-Stars and not a Blood Vs Water theme as many suspected. I don’t think it’s necessarily even a “teams” arrangement unless they’re going guys vs girls and I doubt that.

Interestingly though, when discussion alliances I did get a surprising number of comments from the ladies citing a desire for an all-girls alliance. Could this finally be the season to pull off that elusive dream? I’m not going to hold my breath.

Overall I am impressed with this group for Big Brother 16. I liked the personalities and I enjoyed the time I got to spend with them. Yes, there are an overwhelming number of “recruits” in the mix here but I’m not ready to count those HGs out of the race just yet.

Here is your overview look at all the BB16 HGs together with links to their individual bios, details, and interviews so you can get to know everyone involved this summer.

Watch all of my interview videos collected together here.


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Big Brother 16 Cast – Bios & Interviews

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Check our full rundown on each of the Big Brother Houseguests this season for even more details. What do you think of the cast preview? Any early favorites for who you’ll be rooting to support for Big Brother 16? Share your thoughts below!

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Matt Hoffman Breaks Down Big Brother 16 Cast

| June 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM EDT

Hello, Big Brother superfans! It’s Matt Hoffman from Season 12…back again in part to cling tenaciously to my 15-minutes of fame, but primarily to rail into this new crop of Big Brother lab rats!

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Big Brother alum Matt Hoffman

Looking back at how my pre-show cast assessment from last season ended up alarmingly accurate in many regards, I (with Big Brother Network’s blessing) decided to have another stab at predicting the future through unwarranted judgment and opinion. Let’s get this BB16 train a-rollin’…

See the Big Brother 16 cast interview videos here that Matt Hoffman is referencing.

Brittany Martinez
Brittany MartinezGive this interview a little time. I also started off immediately not liking Brittany (I say “also” because I assume you share my same view that Brittany is as engaging as a wall of drying paint). Then she lost a lot of superfan points by saying she’s a recruit and had never seen an episode of Big Brother before. But Brittany started to turn things around when the interviewer aborted the impossible task of coaxing a personality out of her and, instead, began focusing on her strategy. This girl seems ruthless and sharp…two excellent qualities to have. I see a game barely fueled by emotions, and a lack of knowledge of Big Brother could help her to not overplay. I’m picking Brittany to make it far. I’m also very excited to hear your collective taunts to me on Twitter when she’s voted off first.

Christine Brecht
Christine BrechtChristine would be my favorite contestant this season…IF she never talked or played Big Brother. What I love about her is that, for the first time on Big Brother, we’re finally getting what I consider to be a truly genuinely, nerdy, awkward female who will not ultimately do anything pornographic post-season. What turns me off about her is that I believe that she is one of those people who thinks that she is funnier than the people around her think that she is. The reason I believe this to be true is because we can smell our own.

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Big Brother 16 House: Tour Video & Photos Reveal New Design

| June 18, 2014 at 4:45 PM EDT

CBS has unveiled their new Big Brother 16 house complete with a look at the 2014 season’s design theme. In their just released video tour of the house with Julie Chen we get our first official video look inside BB16 along with guided details on what to expect.

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Julie Chen tours the Big Brother house – Source: CBS/YouTube

The theme of the Big Brother house this year is “Urban Treehouse” and the focus is on all the elements. We’ve got an Earth room with fake rock pillows, a Fire room with lots of red, a Wind room that we don’t get to see, but what about Ice? Hmm, could that be the Have-Not punishment room? Or is that room the Wind room with lots of fans blowing all the time?

Back in the kitchen the big fridge is gone and there are lower, undercounter fridges and freezers. Then the kitchen island has been replaced with uneven tree slices like stumps (there’s a better description of that I’m sure).

The living room is made to look like you’re in a tree house way up in the sky and you’re looking out at the clouds. Worry not though, as Julie explains it’s really just wall paper. Hah!

Check out the HoH room which has a birds nest, or as Julie (and readers here) like to call it, a love nest. We’re still waiting to find out if there’s another HoH bedroom or even a second bed up there with the news that there will be two HoH’s as part of this season’s all-new twist.

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Big Brother 16 House Pics Reveal ‘Urban Treehouse’ Theme

| June 18, 2014 at 2:35 PM EDT

After a series of early, low quality looks inside the new Big Brother 16 house we’re getting a much better view of our “summer home” thanks to THR and their exclusive photo gallery from CBS.

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Big Brother 16 House – THR shares first look – Source: CBS/THR

Hollywood Reporter shared fifteen first look photos from inside the house and so far things look pretty great, for the most part. I really do like the bright colors and cheerful motif of a nature theme, but some parts are pretty dark in the color palette. Of course this will all look different once there are some Big Brother HouseGuests to go in there!

CBS production designer Scott Storey explained to THR, “This year’s theme is urban treehouse. A note from the network was that they wanted it to feel urban, young and playful and urban treehouse seemed like a perfect place to start.” I’d say he nailed the design then.

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Definitely worth mentioning in the gallery from THR is a much different Memory Wall arrangement. The wall of little boxes is no more and has been replaced by two large 65″ screens turned upright. Some have speculated this indicates a divided house, but until we know more about the twist I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s just more like “2 vertical screens fill the old space well so let’s go with that.” Remember, Julie Chen will reveal details about the Big Brother 16 twist on today’s “The Talk.”

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Then you’ve also go a new bathroom look after last season’s natural wood spa feel. I’ll miss that look, but this is calm and soothing which is nice. Now that bedroom looks pretty wild though, but not nearly as crazy as the “fire bedroom.” I can’t even imagine what we’ll see for the Have-Nots room!

Update: Reader Hunter points out that the rooms are described as “keeping with the nature theme — are either earth, wind, ice, fire all represented in the house,” according to Storey. Which I think Hunter is right that the Have-Nots are likely to have the “Ice” room with some very unpleasant results.

Check out the entire gallery of images available at Hollywood Reporter right now and be ready for even more when Julie Chen gives us a guided tour tonight on ET.

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