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.