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5 Tips From Big Brother Winner Mike Boogie To New HouseGuests

| June 6, 2014 at 10:30 AM EDT

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 & Boogie talk Big Brother

Jeff & Boogie talk Big Brother – Source: CBS

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.

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Big Brother 16 Goes High-Def For 2014 Season

| June 5, 2014 at 10:45 AM EDT

Get ready to see the new Big Brother cast in all their glory this summer as BB16 goes HD. Finally.

Big Brother 16 logo redesign

Big Brother 16 goes HDTV – Source: CBS

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!

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Allison Grodner Promises Big Brother 16 ‘Curveball’

| June 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM EDT

As part of the Big Brother 16 preseason coverage through the now active Live Feeds, Jeff Schroeder sat down with executive producers Allison Grodner & Rich Meehan to discuss the season.

Big Brother Executive Producers Allison Grodner & Rich Meehan

Big Brother Executive Producers Allison Grodner & Rich Meehan – Source: CBS

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.

While we wait, lockdown your preseason discount with the on-sale Season Pass for Live Feeds!

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Big Brother 16 Live Feed Content Starts… Now!

| June 4, 2014 at 3:45 PM EDT

CBS started its Big Brother 16 coverage Wednesday, June 4th, with exclusive content available only to Live Feeds subscribers. Are you ready? Sign-in here now & make sure you’re covered!

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!

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Big Brother 16 Live Feeds Content Exclusive to Pre-Order Fans Only

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.

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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.

Just a reminder, the preseason Early Bird Sale ends on the premiere day for Big Brother 16, June 25th. If you order now then you’ll get a full season pass with a one-time cost that’s 20% cheaper than going the month-to-month route. So sign-up now, lock in your price, get the exclusive preseason content, and you won’t have to worry about any other costs all season.


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Our Big Brother 16 Cast Interviews Are Coming Soon!

| June 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM EDT

Are you ready to meet the Big Brother 16 cast of HouseGuests? I am! CBS has awesomely offered me the chance to head to Los Angeles and sit down with this season’s cast days before they’re revealed to the public for a series of cast interviews that I’ll soon be able to deliver to you.

Julie Chen at the Big Brother house

Julie Chen at the Big Brother house – Source: CBS

In just a few short weeks you’ll be meeting all the new season’s HouseGuests and making your early picks and predictions for who will do well and who could be your “love to hate” villain of the season! But in the meantime I could use your help getting ready.

This season I’m aiming for more concise, to the point interviews with the really important questions you want to hear answered. To make that happen I want to know what you want to hear the Big Brother cast discuss. Tell me what you would ask the HGs if you were sitting across from them.

Update: Awesome suggestion. What would be on your “list of demands” for this season’s HGs?

I’ll compile the very best submissions, mix them together, and get the answers to the topics you want addressed. But to get there is the next step where I really need your help.

Flying across the country, getting a car and hotel room in LA, and then racing back home to crank these videos out in 48-hours ain’t cheap. I have never asked for donations and I do not plan to do so. Instead you can directly support our site and our Big Brother coverage efforts at no cost to you by signing up for the Big Brother Live Feeds free trial through our links and banners. CBS gives us a referral commission for every subscriber that joins through our site. That helps the “little guy”!

It costs absolutely nothing for you to use our links, all sign-ups either here or at CBS’s site cost the exact same amount. By using our links to get your Early Bird or in-season subscription started you fuel my work and all our efforts here on the site. Thank you for doing that. It really does help and I truly appreciate it.

So let’s do this! Step 1) Share your question ideas & Step 2) Sign-up for the Live Feed Free Trial.

Thanks again and I can’t wait to share the new Big Brother 16 cast with you!

As a reminder of my past Big Brother interviews, here’s a compilation video from last season featuring a behind-the-scenes look at a day in my life meeting all of the HouseGuests:

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Big Brother Casting Director Confirms BB16 Finalists Selected

| June 4, 2014 at 7:00 AM EDT

As the Big Brother house doors prepare to open, those at the casting department have closed. Big Brother Hopefuls who had yet to hear anything on their audition process, or subsequent follow-ups if they were so lucky, can now start preparing for next season’s auditions.

CBS Big Brother Reception event

CBS Big Brother Reception event – Source: @Kassting

Robyn Kass, casting director for Big Brother 16, tweeted out several messages over the past few days indicating the finalists have been selected. On Friday she teased fans with “I know, the waiting game is tough…. but it’s almost over!” before sharing the photo above from a Big Brother event on the CBS studio lot.

One last message should settle the question of whether those BB16 finalists have been determined:

With the selection of the finalists and any alternatives, and they’ve needed them the past several seasons, we are now one step closer to the start of Big Brother 16! Are you ready for the action to begin? Be sure to get your Season Pass for the Live Feeds now before the preseason Early Bird sale ends. You’ll be able to start watching content today through your Feeds account.

Big Brother returns to CBS on June 25, 2014 as part of the usual three nights a week routine. We’ll be here covering every moment of the Feeds and shows so be sure to join us on Facebook, Twitter, and get our Email Updates. Thanks for joining me again this season!

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