Big Brother is back, on All Access that is. Thanks to our new found ability to go back and watch any season, any episode of Big Brother U.S. using CBS’s new “All Access” service I’ve decided to do just that with a weekly flashback recap series of the season premiere from every season. First up is the original Big Brother series premiere from 2000.
It’s incredible to go back and watch the first season again for many reasons. I still remember being immediately drawn in to the series that summer, but wow how strange and different it seems compared to what we now watch each season.
The bulk of the series premiere is filled with co-hosts, yes there were two hosts at the start, Julie Chen and Ian O’Malley. I could recall there being another host, but I couldn’t remember much about that role. That might be because his role didn’t even last through the entire season.
Ian might not have lasted the whole summer that year, but he did get a lot of time on the debut episode. He’s actually our initial tour guide as compared to what we see with Julie Chen for the always hotly anticipated Big Brother house reveals.
Trading off between Julie and Ian we learn the original season of Big Brother had just 28 cameras and 60 microphones. It only took another fifteen seasons to go high-def! They’re even sure to repeatedly point out the toilet and shower cams. Speaking of the shower, BB1 only had two hours worth of hot water each day and it was a consecutive time block. Once the first Houseguest fired up the hot water the timer started. You didn’t want to oversleep that summer.
Sleeping arrangements weren’t that much different with two main bedrooms which gave the HGs the option to divide up by sexes, though Big Brother was sure to point out that they wouldn’t be forcing any sleeping rules and it was up to the Houseguests to decide on all that. Without a Head of Household or Have-Nots there weren’t any other bedrooms in the house. Just two small closed off areas for rest. They were all twin sized beds and no shortages either.
Next Ian points out there are no clocks and no watches allowed in the house. How I miss that set up. Why in the world do HGs need to know what time it is like they do now? Just this season the HGs sat around waiting for events knowing it was always around the same time each week. Blah.
As for time, I do remember Curtis (I believe it was) having a Saboteur-style task of changing the House clock each day to screw with their heads so I guess that no-clocks rule was eventually relaxed. Didn’t he win the big television they rolled out each week for successfully completing that mission?
There was little actual time with the Big Brother Season 1 Houseguests in this episode other than their general intro videos as we get to know their edited caricatures. Instead we got to learn more about the series, or at least what we’d see that first summer as a lot was changed in the second go-round.
Big Brother stars Zach Rance and Cody Calafiore are still riding the wave of their summer fandom this week with an appearance on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” where the pair broke out their bartending skills, of sorts.
Ahead of their ‘Sweet Life’ fan event the former Big Brother allies turned adversaries turned buddies caught up with Andy Cohen and played bartenders for the night this past Sunday.
Andy gave the duo plenty of recognition for their time on Big Brother 16 and even got in a mention of their Bomb Squad alliance and an update on Zankie. They’re “best friends” and “doing very well,” says Zach to Andy’s question on his relationship with Frankie Grande.
If you missed the guys’ appearance then you can still watch it online here with Bravo Now. Kudos to the guys on snagging a spot on the show and Zach’s well delivered lines. That’s pretty awesome.
Which Big Brother houseguest would you most want to spend some time with behind the bar if you had your pick?
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Hayden Voss, one of the Big Brother 16 Houseguests and half of the popular Haycole, caught up with the excellent Philip Alan for a photo session and the results were just as you’d expect from both parties.
Looks like Hayden and Philip Alan Photography toured the area to find a few settings as quirky as the long-haired, non-surfing surfer-looking guy we met over the summer. We gathered up a few of the fun photos here, but there are a lot more on Philip Alan’s Facebook page and Twitter account.
Update: More photos added from PAP’s Twitter account shares.
If you’re new to Philip Alan Photography then it’s definitely worth a scroll back through his picture history as he’s done a lot of great work with past Big Brother Houseguests. Fun stuff to check out! We’ll keep an eye out for the next batch of photos he releases from the world of Big Brother.
Image credit: Philip Alan Photography
This is your last chance to get the free month of CBS’s new “All Access” before the promo code expires on Saturday, November 15th. Details here on how to sign-up and what you’ll get to watch.
If you’ve been thinking about trying out the new home for Big Brother 17’s Live Feeds then you’re going to want to do it quickly. CBS has been running a one-month promo to get people signing up and checking it out, but after Saturday @ 7PM ET you’ll be restricted to just one-week free instead. Not bad, of course, but if you were interested then you should do it now and get more for free.
Once the trial is over the monthly cost is $5.99 and will include the BB17 Feeds for next summer along with a massive library of past episodes for CBS series. Yes, that includes all shows for BBUS that have ever aired. You can jump back and watch any episode of any season including this latest one.
If you’re big on CBS’s reality competition shows then there’s more than just Big Brother. I’ve been watching old Survivor episodes from all the way back at the very beginning and I saw there’s also The Amazing Race available in there. Of course you can also check out dozens of scripted shows too that are both current and long ago if that’s more your thing. They’ve got NCIS, CSI, The Good Wife, Big Bang Theory, 60 Minutes, and a lot of other ones.
Live broadcasts are available for those in certain markets, or even those with sneaky tech savvy abilities to appear to be in those major markets. That’ll let you watch broadcasts on your computer as they happen rather than waiting until the next day for them to show up in the archives.
We saw a lot of familiar faces from this season, though not everyone was able to make it up to New York for the show. There was Big Brother winner Derrick Levasseur along with his Hitmen ally Cody Calafiore, Zach Rance, Caleb Reynolds, and even Paola Shea.
Big Brother fans in the audience reported on Twitter the BB16 friends had up-close seats and cheered loudly for Frankie’s appearances. Of course this also marked a Zankie reunion which is sure to give those ship fans a happy moment. Although I didn’t come across any pictures of them together.
Check out the photos the Houseguests shared and see what the gangs been up to in their latest post Big Brother adventures.
Update: Few new pictures added as the HGs have continued to share their adventures. There’s even a cute family photo with Derrick, Jana, and Tenley touring NYC.
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Former Big Brother Houseguests gathered this week for another charity event and continued the growing tradition we’ve been seeing of HGs putting their name & fame to good causes.
This time around we saw Nicole Franzel, Donny Thompson, Hayden Voss, and BB15’s Aaryn Gries travel to Richmond, VA for the “Walkers 5K” over the weekend. The event benefited Toby’s Dream Foundation and RIR Cares. Attendees were out for a run, jog, walk 5K with two goals: get to the end and survive the zombies!
Haycole, Donny, and Aaryn all appear to have emerged safely on the other side where they were joined by a Hantz brother, but not the one tossed out for throwing pork rinds at Janelle. (You do NOT throw pork rinds at Janelle! No.) Yep, there’s ol’ Russell Hantz getting cozy with Nicole and making friends with the HGs.
We might not have been able to make it out to the event, but luckily they were sharing a lot of great photos from this weekend. I’m liking Donny’s strategy of wearing camo to blend in and avoid zombie-infested trails. That’s his secret agent / surgeon mind fast at work there! Take a look below:
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