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Welcome Back, Friends – Big Brother 16 Is Here!

| June 25, 2014 at 1:30 PM EDT

Welcome back, Big Brother fans and friends! Big Brother 16 has arrived and I couldn’t be more excited. This is the best part of the year for me and I’m excited to share it with all of you here on our fan site, BigBrotherNetwork.com! Oh, and Jeff says “Hi.”

Jeff Schroeder & Matthew Boyer

So yeah maybe I fanboy’d a little meeting Jeff Schroeder – Image Credit: BigBrotherNetwork.com

Our Big Brother coverage goes full-speed tonight with the season premiere on CBS starting at 8PM. I’ll be here live throughout the show posting all the events as they air. Then as always we’ll be getting Branden’s episode recaps to fill us in on all the details. Once the second part of the season premiere finishes on Thursday the Live Feeds will launch and our summer will be complete!

Last week I released my one-on-one interviews with the entirely new cast of sixteen Houseguests. If you haven’t met the Big Brother 16 HGs yet then be sure to start there. Watch their videos and read their bios so you know the names and faces before the show kicks off tonight.

Along with Branden supporting the site this summer with his recaps and Live Feed Highlight reports we’ll have a few additions: Big Brother alumni! Judd Daugherty (BB15) and Adam Poch (BB13) will be stopping by a few times a week with new articles to get us discussing the latest BB16 happenings.

Here’s a rundown on what we’ll be doing to keep you covered and up to date this summer:

  • Super fast updates from the Feeds. I’ll be posting events and news from what I see on the Feeds all day along. That way you can keep up and if something big happens you can use your Flashback Rewind feature to go back and see what you missed.
  • Daily highlight recaps and stories on the bigger events with pictures and details so you can keep up even if you don’t have a Feeds subscription.
  • Frequent updates on social media through Facebook and Twitter.
  • Discussions with readers in our Forum, Comments section on every post, and in our Chat room. I want to hear your thoughts. Disagree with a stance I’ve taken? Tell me! It’s an open debate here and part of the fun is discussing different perspectives.
  • Daily Email Updates with complete article round-ups from everything we’ve written that day.

I’m really glad to have you back here with us this summer as we continue to grow and become a bigger and better Big Brother fan community every season. This place would be nothing without you and I’ll never forget that. So thanks for your support through daily visits and especially Live Feeds sign-ups through our links and banners. It costs you nothing extra to sign-up through us as CBS provides the commission and Feeds are the same price everywhere you go. Thank you!

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Diary Room: Adam Poch Gets Ready For Big Brother 16

| June 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM EDT

Please welcome former Big Brother Houseguest Adam Poch to our site. He has graciously agreed to hang out with us and share his thoughts on Big Brother 16. You can enjoy his articles twice a week here on the site. Well, really you can enjoy them as much as you want, but he’ll only be posting new articles twice a week. So grab a plate of bacon, sit back, & enjoy! – Matthew

Big Brother HG - Adam Poch

Big Brother HG Adam Poch – Image Credit: Greg P Photo

Hello everyone – Adam Poch the Heavy Metal Teddy Bear from Big Brother 13 here. I have joined the staff at Big Brother Network this season to give you my opinions & insight on the 16th installment of our favorite summertime guilty pleasure. Today is the day we have been waiting for since the end of last season; well, for some people since week 2 of Big Brother 15 – but we have put that season behind us – and ready to move on!

Late last week, we got to meet the new houseguests – watch their preseason videos, read their bios, and dig through social media sites trying to find any dirt on them that we can. Tonight we get to actually see the new houseguests interact with each other and start vying for the $500K prize. But wait… unlike every other year where we got to see the entire new cast move in – CBS is giving is the first twist in what they are calling the “Most Twisted” summer yet. Only 8 of the newbies will be seen moving in tonight and the rest of them tomorrow. With 2 HOH’s each week – and 4 nominees – I think we will see the first 8 move in & compete for Head of Household tonight. Then Thursday night, we will see the next 8 move in and compete for Head of Household.

If I was part of the first group of only 8 newbies, I would know something is not kosher – and expect all of them to start panicking. At some point Julie Chen will come on the screen as they are all getting to know each other and deliver some of the twists – but I am curious how much she will tell this group – before dropping all of the twists when the next group comes in.

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Will Big Brother 16 Twist Be Team America’s Player?

| June 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM EDT

One of the best parts of the Big Brother 16 preseason has been all the speculating and debating we’ve been able to enjoy. We tried to guess at the cast, the theme, and now we’re working through the cryptic twists. But are we about to see an old twist in a new way?

Team America's Player on Big Brother 16

Team America’s Player on Big Brother 16?

The Big Brother fan community has spun out some fantastic theories on what we’ll face this season and a good one that I’ve seen discussed in a few versions, including Adam Poch’s discussion here or another one over at Big Brother Access, is how we will be Team America and control a player. But what if we just control Team America?

It almost seems obvious from the twist’s name, “Team America.” If we’re just voting on little things then it’s not a big deal, but if America is voting on a collective set of actions or even a group of Houseguests (a team, if you will) then it seems to suit the name well.

While we discuss this, keep in mind there’s still no solid proof that we’ll even have teams of HGs. Yes, there are groups for at least the move-in, but beyond that is unknown for groupings or even production-forced teams. Okay, let’s keep going.

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Big Brother 16 Spoilers: Move-In Groups Revealed Ahead of Season Premiere

| June 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM EDT

While there’s been much speculation over the Big Brother 16 cast being split in to two separate groups for the premiere move-in event, we can confirm which Houseguests are divided in to which groups. Read on for those spoilers.

Cody Calafiore on Big Brother 16

Cody forgot to pack any shirts for Big Brother 16 – Source: CBS

Last night CBS released our first real look from inside the Big Brother house and that came in the form of the first Head of Household competition. Naturally it’s an endurance comp as we often see, but with one big difference: only half the HGs were there!

So yes, our reports were accurate. Eight players moved in first and had their own HoH competition before the second set moved in for their own round of battle.

Here’s how the Big Brother 16 HGs were divided for the premiere:

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Big Brother 16 Spoilers: First HoH Comp & First Group Of HGs Revealed!

| June 24, 2014 at 9:00 PM EDT

CBS has just dropped huge Big Brother 16 spoilers on us! We now know who are the first 8 Houseguests in to the house on premiere night and by extension who will be the second group on Thursday. Not only that we get to see the first Big Brother Head of Household competition as well!

Big Brother 16 Premiere Sneak Peek

Big Brother 16 Premiere Sneak Peek – Source: CBS

This is a major sneak peek in to Big Brother for everyone a night before the real season premiere on CBS starting Wednesday at 8PM ET/PT, which we’ll be covering live, of course. So what does it reveal? A lot, a LOT a lot! Let’s run through it.

Julie Chen is there hosting the first HoH comp, an endurance battle, which is a repeat of the Bull In A China Shop comp from last season. HGs are playing it as “Go Fly A Kite” this season and it’s them holding on to a rope and walking along the rolling barrel. Last player standing wins HoH for Group 1. We still don’t know if they’re a “team” or not.

In Group 1 you’ll find Joey Van Pelt, Amber Borzotra, Frankie Grande, Nicole Franzel, Paola Shea, Donny Thompson, Devin Shepherd, and Cody Calafiore. The mix should confirm what I argued: no Battle of the Sexes on Big Brother 16.

That leaves the other half for Group 2 which will move in on Thursday night and battle in their own HoH competition. Then we’ll be seeing Brittany Martinez, Caleb Reynolds, Christine Brecht, Derrick Levasseur, Hayden Voss, Jocasta Odom, Victoria Rafaeli, and Zach Rance.

Surely this first group has to know something is up as soon as they saw such a small group of players with them. I bet they were worried. But remember, the HGs moved in over the weekend albeit in two separate groups as we first reported yesterday. The HGs have been inside playing for days by the time the season premiere airs and the Feeds begin.

Big Brother Live Feed - Early Bird sale

Speaking of the Live Feeds, do you have yours yet? The Early Bird sale will end at any moment as CBS is sending out mixed signals on when the preseason discount will close its doors. Sign up now and be ready to start watching after the premiere ends!

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Backyard Beauties: Big Brother 16 Cast Shows Off Their Bikinis & Bods

| June 24, 2014 at 8:30 PM EDT

Every Big Brother preseason we await the release of the backyard photo showing the new cast ready to jump in the pool. Now the Big Brother 16 photos are here and they’re kinda strange, but we know why. Read on for more details and how it involves a surprise premiere.

Big Brother 16 HGs in backyard photo

Big Brother 16 cast in backyard photos – Source: CBS / Zap2It

Zap2It got the exclusive on these photos being released, so big thanks to them for sharing them with the fan community. Now that they’re out in the wild we can take a look and see what sort of crazy photoshopping went on to make this happen.

If you notice something looking weird it’s because there is. While some of the HGs in the pictures were actually there, not all of them were there at the same time. Instead as we reported earlier, the Big Brother 16 cast moved in at separate times over the weekend. So in each photo only half of the people are there with each other while the other half were added later.

Take a look at the Big Brother photos below and see if you can figure out who was in each move-in group for the women and the men. And yes, it’s okay to oogle just a little!

Update: And now we’ve got a full group shot, but were they really altogether? Hmm.

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