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Big Brother’s Brenchel Takes On The Amazing Race… Again [PHOTOS]

| February 24, 2014 at 11:30 AM EDT

Big Brother Brenchel

CBS loves them some Brenchel. The former Big Brother HGs were back on CBS for a new season of The Amazing Race starting with last night’s premiere.

Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas took off in a new race around the world as part of the TAR All-Stars season which will probably have to do for fans hoping to see a Big Brother 16 All-Stars. Luckily for their fans it looks like we’ll be seeing even more from the powerhouse duo this season as they not only survived the first sudden elimination, but actually came in second during last night’s premiere episode.

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So how far do Brenchel make it on The Amazing Race All-Stars? We’ll keep an eye out for more spoilers, but we’ve seen them in leaked pics awhile back showing more adventures for the pair. Maybe they’ll win the season and retire from reality TV with all their winnings to live happily ever after? Or would you rather seem even more of them?

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Will Big Brother 16 Be An All-Stars Season?

| February 11, 2014 at 10:59 AM EDT

Will Big Brother 16 be an All-Stars season? We’re hearing that question and discussion a lot from readers this year just like we do every off-season, so let’s discuss.

Big Brother All-Stars

Big Brother All-Stars – Source: CBS

This rumor exists every year whether or not there’s any reason for it to be out there. It starts up in late September and fizzles with the announcement of the new Big Brother cast. There’s never a source but hardly anyone passing it along seems to mind. So is that what’s going on again?

Way back in October we saw the first signs of Big Brother 16 applications opening up. Big Brother casting director Robyn Kass said then that Kassting Inc would be announcing casting call events in the Spring of 2014.

Recently she’s renewed that commitment with promises of mid-March audition events announcements and even released a “Top Tips for applying to Big Brother.” If there was going to be an All-Stars season for BB16 then this would be an awful lot of smoke screening just to keep us surprised. Now Robyn is saying they’re ready to start casting!

So could this year be another All-Stars? Sure, it’s possible, but no, I don’t think it will be. From what I’ve heard in the past things remain uncertain for a long ways in to the preseason as production considers all their options. They’ll review ideas and potential cast options, twists, themes, etc. in search of the very best path to take which means nothing is likely decided at this point.

With that in mind, I do not believe BB16 has already been set in stone as the second All-Stars as the rumor suggests it to be. Now we just have to hope for an awesome bunch of applicants to keep up our chances of an all-new cast!

If you’re thinking of applying then DO IT! This could be your season. If this guy could win Big Brother and a half-million dollars then you could too! Best of luck!

Now if Big Brother 16 did turn out to be an All-Stars then who should be a HG? Here are a few great options, considering only HGs since the original All-Stars season.

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Here’s another reason I doubt we’ll see another Big Brother All-Stars season anytime soon: nearly half of these great players have already returned to the game since their first appearance! Production emptied the well over the past few seasons with all the retreads and I don’t think anyone really wants re-retreads, do they?

Now share your list of who should be the cast of Big Brother All-Stars 2!

Update: Robyn Kass is reminding folks not to believe everything they read from the rumor mill, again supporting our “no BB16 All-Stars” stance.

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Did McCranda Break Up? Amanda Shares Update

| February 3, 2014 at 11:43 AM EDT

Amanda & McCrae test their love

Many Big Brother fans have closely followed the BB15 relationship of McCranda, McCrae Olsen & Amanda Zuckermann, but now there’s a new update that could disappoint a lot of their fans even more than McCrae cutting his long hair!

According to Amanda, who shared the message on Twitter this weekend, the era of McCranda has come to an end:

After a lot of thought and discussion, McCrae and I have decided that it’s in both of our best interest to continue our relationship as friends.

There is no ill will, he is a very important part of my life, and I will always love him, and what we shared. Thank you for respecting our decision.

Just a few weeks ago Amanda pranked followers that she and McCrae were engaged, so it’s possible this is another prank, but considering the nature of the discussion I’d tend to believe her this time. Scrolling through McCrae’s Twitter account doesn’t reveal any explicit comments on the relationship of possible breakup.

We’re sorry to hear the Big Brother couple may have split, but wish them the best of luck whether its together or apart.

Check out these pictures shared by McCrae & Amanda leaving Big Brother.

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Andy Herren Flashes Big Brother Victory Tattoo, Joins The BB15 Ink’d Ranks

| January 30, 2014 at 12:07 PM EDT

Andy Herren with Robyn Kass

What’s a guy to do when he wins a half-million dollar prize and the title of Big Brother winner? Get a tattoo to commemorate his success, of course.

Following suit after we saw Judd, McCrae, & Jeremy get their own permanent reminders of the season, BB15 winner Andy Herren added his own tattoo to the mix last month.

Andy went with a Big Brother key outline on his forearm though we think if he was really going to go for it he should have done all seven keys up and down his arm (no, not really). It’s a nice tattoo and certainly an accomplishment he’ll always remember, but where does it stack up in the mix of Big Brother tattoos?

As a refresher, McCrae got a Power of Veto outline, Judd got a solid PoV, and Jeremy ink’d “XV” across his big toes (see the pics below). So how does Andy’s key outline rank among his fellow HouseGuests? Check out the pictures below and then vote in our poll below on who has the best Big Brother ink.

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Andy gets a Key tattoo for his win:

Flashback gallery to Judd, McCrae, & Jeremy’s tattoos:

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Big Brother 16: When Does Casting Start? Casting Director Shares Details – Update

| January 29, 2014 at 9:30 AM EDT

Julie Chen Big Brother

This summer isn’t far away so fans and HG hopefuls are already asking when does the Big Brother 16 casting start. While we don’t have an exact date just yet we can take a look back over the past several seasons to get an idea of when things could kick off.

Seasons 11-14 held their first open casting call event at the very end of March or the very beginning of April. Last year we saw the first audition event moved up by a few weeks to mid-March, likely to coincide with the early season premiere.

Meanwhile, in-person auditions aren’t the only option (BB HG Matt Hoffman even advises against them) and those have their own timeline. Starting in Season 14 applicants were able to submit online that year starting a month ahead of casting events. Then in 2013 the casting process or reviewing applications began on Feb 18th.

So when will everything kick off for BB16? Online applications are already being accepted, but likely aren’t yet being reviewed. I’d expect a similar late February kickoff of the Big Brother casting with open-call events starting mid to late March. With no word from CBS on the new 2014 season premiere date we may be able to get an idea from the starting of those audition dates.

Join us on Facebook & Twitter for the latest Big Brother updates!

Robyn Kass, casting director for Big Brother 16, revealed on Twitter that we can expect official information on those dates to arrive early March. Once that happens we’ll share the updated details and get everyone ready with what they need to know for their chance to be on Big Brother this summer!

Do you plan on auditioning for BB16? Let us know if you’re hoping to go to an open-call event or applying online. Best of luck to everyone!

Update: Robyn Kass is now saying mid-March instead of beginning of March for the release of casting dates.

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Big Brother HGs Reunite For Reality Rally Poker Fundraiser [PHOTOS]

| January 27, 2014 at 8:00 AM EDT

Judd, Nick, Gene, & Alec - Reality Rally

Big Brother HouseGuests from seasons past gathered in California this weekend to support the Reality Rally “Fun for Funds” poker event. There the HGs lent their names and time to benefit “Michelle’s Place,” a breast cancer resource center.

BBUS HGs attending included Judd Daugherty, Nick Uhas, Kaitlin Barnaby, Dominic Briones, and Daniele Donato. Joining them in the fun was Big Brother Canada’s Alec Beall and Glass House’s Gene Bryant.

From the pictures released and the Tweets shared it sounds like the former HouseGuests were definitely having a good time at the event and are ready to do it again. Well, it does look like Daniele might have been having more time with Alec than she needed, “shocker,” but it’s all in good fun.

Lots more Big Brother contestants will be getting together again for the Reality Rally event in April and they’re out their fundraising now so keep an eye out for more info.

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