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‘All Access’ Flashback: Big Brother 2 Season Premiere Recap

| November 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM EDT

This week in my All Access Flashback series we’ve moved on to Big Brother 2 season premiere which is really the start of Big Brother US as we now know it. Watch this episode and all of Big Brother 2 now.

Big Brother 2 on CBS with All Access

Big Brother 2 on CBS with All Access – Source: CBS

Launching way back in July 2001 Big Brother 2 ditched the viewer voting of Season 1 (read our series premiere recap here) and brought us the Head of Household and cutthroat attitude that change BBUS from a summer camp to a battle for a half-million dollars. Oh yeah, and it gave us Chill Town with Dr. Will and Boogie.

Despite all the drastic format changes for Season 2 producers wasted little time getting us right into meeting the new Houseguests and thrusting them in to the competition. A quick narration intro by returning host Julie Chen let us know things would be a lot different this time around.

Just as we see now, each Houseguest filmed a “here’s your key!” segment before shouting “I’ve got 10 minutes to pack.” Yeah, I still don’t believe that line any better thirteen years later.

Next thing we know all twelve HGs are gathered in front of the house and sent inside in three groups of four. Nicole was the first to enter while Will was the last. This was the first time we saw a scramble for beds along with the introduction of a third shared bedroom and a Head of Household reward room. Some of the HGs find big, soft beds while others’ only options were cots and a sleeping bag. That floor spot went to Kent, but don’t feel bad for him. Kent won a Buick that night.

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Houseguests gathered in the living room and started to introduce themselves. The average age was thirty-three with the youngest, Justin, at 26 and the oldest, Kent, at 46. The getting-to-know-you phase didn’t last long before Julie Chen interrupted their fun to start the battle.

Everyone headed to the backyard for their first food competition and a surprise luxury comp as well. HGs had to grab bags of groceries and then fit all twelve people plus the food supplies in a brand new Buick that was sitting out in the backyard. If they could fit everyone in there for sixty seconds then the food was theirs to keep for the week.

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The food situation was much different that year as Houseguests on the losing end of food fights were given peanut butter and jelly. “Slop” wasn’t a thing just yet, sorry modern HGs.

Jumping back to the competition, Julie announced that once they had secured their food for the week there was one more thing to do with that car. The last HG to leave would win the car, but there were no bathroom breaks and no sleeping.

Nicole shook the comp up when she announced that whoever won the car should be voted out. Most everyone bailed at that suggestion and soon it was just Kent, Sheryl, and Autumn. Kent explained his wife needed a new car while Autumn, a single mother, didn’t even have one to replace. Sheryl bowed out and soon it was just Kent and Autumn. Then after just 96 minutes Autumn ran out of the car to the house upset that she had lost, but as Kent pointed out, if she had really wanted the car she could have stayed.

The next morning Houseguests were gathered again in the living room for the first Head of Household competition. Julie explained the winner would get his or her own bedroom, a small room right off the living room, with a private bed. The real kicker that season: maid service. Oh yes, the HoH’s room was cleaned up for them. Nice. There was also the reward of candy and snacks plus a fridge for drinks. Then just as we still have now the HoH enjoyed a special robe though the fuzzy slippers have dropped off the provided list.

Big Brother’s debut of Head of Household was not decided by a physical or particularly challenging competition. Instead the HGs voted in a A/B style face-off designed to label and upset the participants. The winner would then select two other HGs to be nominated for eviction.

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Jeff & Jordan Take A ‘Pre-Honeymoon’ Vacation In Cancun [PICS]

| November 24, 2014 at 11:15 AM EDT

Big Brother Houseguests Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd flew off to Mexico last week for an early birthday present for the Season 11 winner and shared pics upon their return.

Jeff & Jordan kick back on a Cancun beach

Jeff & Jordan kick back on a Cancun beach – Source: Instagram

Okay, so it wasn’t really a pre-honeymoon trip for the recently engaged couple, but considering the road they took to get to the engaged status earlier this summer we’ll just teasingly call it that.

The couple headed out of LA and went down to Cancun for an enviable weekend in the sun. Looks like Jordan was busy making friends, both the upright kind and the four-legged ones.

Speaking of that engagement, we haven’t heard of any wedding dates but I’m sure CBS will manage to work that in to a Big Brother episode of its own.

Check out photos shared by Jordan from her trip to Cancun and vicariously enjoy their time in Mexico while still drinking whatever water you want!

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‘All Access’ Flashback: Big Brother 1 Series Premiere Recap

| November 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM EDT

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.

Big Brother Season 1

Big Brother Season 1 – Source: CBS

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.

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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.

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Zach Rance & Cody Calafiore Appear On ‘Watch What Happens Live’

| November 18, 2014 at 9:45 AM EDT

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.

Zach Rance & Cody Calafiore on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live"

Zach Rance & Cody Calafiore on “Watch What Happens Live” – Source: Bravo

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 Photo Gallery By Philip Alan Photography

| November 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM EDT

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.

Hayden Voss by Philip Alan Photography

Hayden Voss in action – Image source: Philip Alan Photography

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.

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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.

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Last Chance: ‘All Access’ Promo Code for 1-Month Free Ends Saturday

| November 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM EDT

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.

Big Brother available on All Access

Big Brother available on All Access – Source: CBS

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.

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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.

When you click through to get your trial be sure to update the promo code to use 1MFREE to make sure you go from just one week up to one month. Check it out & share your thoughts below.


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