Part of the fun in each Big Brother preseason is the hype of huge promises CBS delivers to its fans. The 2014 season could set to continue that trend with another new commercial from CBS featuring a big promise involving what we already heard Allison Grodner say is critical to the game.
On top of promoting the new season’s fully stocked house with 76 cameras and
90 microphones (CBS now says 100+ mics), we’re being promised “Twist after twisted twist!” Oh my.
Before we get too worked up, we still have no idea with any certainty what the Big Brother 16 twist will be or what could make this season’s approach so “twisted.” It’s also worth keeping in mind promises like “most houseguests ever” revealing a sometimes disconnect between reality and hype.
Following last year’s MVP twist chaos of one HG monopolizing it to the point of production changing its use and eventually scuttling the whole thing I’m left hoping we’ll see something a little more carefully constructed. Simple restrictions and safeties on twist plans can go a long way to keep things running smoothly. Then again, chaos might be exactly what Grodner is looking for on Big Brother.
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The new season of Big Brother is quickly approaching, “But First” there are still some very important events to take care of as we prepare for a new cast to enter our favorite reality house on television.
Big Brother 16 will again have an early premiere for its summer season with a Wednesday, June 25, 2014 start date when we’ll see a new batch of HouseGuests enter the Thunderdome for 90+ days and compete to win the half-million dollars.
While the Feeds Early Bird sale kicked off in May the real party got started this week when CBS launched its preseason content on Wednesday. Fans now have access to subscriber-only video content and live chats to keep them entertained.
Add on top of that Media Day taking place today with members of the press and CBS affiliates (watch for the odd Xfinity HG) enter the newly redesigned Big Brother house and compete in a compressed round of games and events. We know Rachel Reilly has returned to play that mini-game this season (NOT as a BB16 HG), but we can’t wait to see who else joins her. Could we see Jon Pardy, winner of Big Brother Canada, show up as well? Scratch that. Jon will not be at Media Day.
The next big event after that will be cast interviews. And yes, I’m going back in to meet the BB16 cast and bring you our exclusive interviews again this season. Find out here on how you can help me with our interviews this year. Your support and input are very important on this one.
Here’s the quick rundown on what’s ahead of us as we approach the new season.
As part of their preseason coverage CBS sent Jeff Schroeder to sit down with former Big Brother winner Mike “Boogie” Malin. Not only did Boogie get a chance to plug his latest bar venture, but he also shared advice on how the incoming Big Brother 16 cast should approach the game this season.
Jeff asked Boogie, as part of his Live Feeds preseason interviews, for what strategies he might offer to any future HouseGuests, including those getting ready to enter as part of the BB16 season.
1) “In the beginning, just lay back. Someone is self-destructing the first week, for sure.”
2) “Don’t play too fast, too soon.”
3) “Just kinda let the game come to you.”
4) “Don’t get in a showmance.”
5) “Don’t get in a bromance.”
Jeff laughs and points out that he got in a fight his first week and definitely had a showmance, though that relationship with Jordan certainly grew in to something much more outside of the house. Too bad Mike hadn’t been there to give Jeff advice on missing clown shoes.
Having played the game three times and winning Big Brother All-Stars, Mike clearly knows what he’s talking about. So listen up, incoming Big Brother cast. Take his advice and get yourself ready. I’ll quiz you on these when I see you soon for our cast interviews!
Watch Mike Boogie’s full interview with Jeff, plus other preseason video content, available exclusively through the Early Bird sale going on now for your Season Pass to the Big Brother Live Feed.
Get ready to see the new Big Brother cast in all their glory this summer as BB16 goes HD. Finally.
After fifteen seasons CBS has finally switched over to modern video technology inside the house and we couldn’t be happier. Every year fans ask if the Big Brother house will go from its original SD style to HD and every year I was doubtful of the change, but now the waiting is over.
Vulture is exclusively reporting that CBS had actually made the decision to go High Definition several years ago, but the change was so complicated that they had to wait to resolve all potential issues.
Changes to the show’s production infrastructure needed to make the leap were so complex, they had to be rolled out in waves. A new digital post-production system needed to be built, installed, and tested.
Per Grodner, “14 miles of HD cables” had to replace the old wiring that had run through the house. And finally, in the last phase of the remodel, new cameras had to be installed and made to work with the new digital central nervous system of the house.
“We only had six months at a time to do [the changes],” says Brother engineering-operations supervisor David Crivelli. “We had to do a heart transplant,” even as the “patient” — the Big Brother broadcasts each summer — continued to pump out new episodes.
Having worked for awhile on similar projects, converting command centers from old SD tech to modern HD equipment, I always knew it was way beyond just swapping out the cameras hanging on the walls. The Big Brother house would have been far more massive of an undertaking than anything I ever saw. This had to have been a wildly expensive transition and bodes well for CBS’s confidence in our favorite reality series. You don’t expend this kind of money and then soon after say farewell.
On top of the switch to HDTV, there are 11 extra cameras added to the house this season. All of which will mean better Big Brother Live Feeds this summer. “It’ll be a noticeable improvement for the internet viewers,’ Crivelli says.
Are you ready for HD Live Feeds? Get your Season Pass on sale now before the price goes up!
Update: CBS also points out that there will now be 76 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones. The additional cameras this season will double the backyard coverage for viewers. This is just getting better and better!
Right away Jeff jumps on a topic we’re always anxious to have discussed: twists. They’re critical to the game no matter how much we dislike them or wish for a plain “just let them play” season. Production uses them every Big Brother season and most of the time they flop like a fish that’s leapt from its bowl. But if we’re stuck with them, it’s worth knowing what production is thinking.
Jeff: How hard is it to come up with a different twist each season?
Rich: It gets challenging as the years go by, but we’re always looking for ways to throw a major curveball at the houseguests.
Allison: You have to throw a curveball at the houseguests now that we’re in our sixteenth season. You can’t come in expecting to know how to play this game. It’s just not going to work.
Well, it could work. *ahem* Big Brother 6 *ahem* Okay, we’re getting another “curveball” twist this season. So how does production come up with these plans for the new Big Brother season?
Afterthought – Wait, didn’t BB6 twist about coming in with a friend/ally? Well nuts. I guess that season did have a twist, but at least it wasn’t a massive impacting “MVP” style twist.
Allison explains, “sometimes [the twist] comes to us immediately. Sometimes it’s something we’ve been wanting to do for awhile and now’s the time. Or sometimes it’s something that takes a long, long time.”
Rich adds that Jeff’s first season, Big Brother 11, was a twist in the making for awhile. They had wanted to do the “cliques” twist for two years before the timing was right and it came together.
What sort of twist could we see this season on Big Brother 16? No solid hints here, so we’ll keep waiting and watching to see if that “Blood Vs Water” rumor turns out to hold any truth to it.
Update: High-Def! Big Brother will be in HD this season and yes, that means the Feeds will be too. Get ready for some great looking Live Feed content streaming your way this summer!
Beginning Wednesday Feed subscribers will have access to video and chat available only to the Live Feedsters like you and me. Starting things off there will be a live chat with a “special Big Brother guest.” Ohhh, ahhh. Yeah, CBS isn’t telling us anything more on who that will be, but there’s more to go with it.
In addition, pre-order fans will receive access to on-demand Big Brother content featuring videos with former HouseGuests making a return to the spotlight, but don’t take this as though they’re returning to the house or anything like that.
If the Big Brother live chats are your thing then there will be more of them to look forward to with other surprise HGs, but CBS isn’t giving up names for any of them just yet.
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