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'Big Brother': Jason Gets Blindsided And More

7/30/2015 8:55am EDT
BB17
Finally, something happens in the house that draws a line in the sand. Big Brother is always more satisfying when there are two strong sides of alliances, battling each other. Up until this point, Vanessa, Shelli, and Clay have done an amazing job making it look like they’re everybody’s friend and that there are only a few outsiders. Even with Audrey proclaiming that the Sixth Sense alliance was moving to wipe them all out, the underdog group refused to see that they weren’t with the majority. But with one move, Vanessa showed her hand and now there’s no way Jason, Meg, Jackie, and James do...
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'BB17': Julia Is The Superior Twin & More

7/27/2015 8:37am EDT
BB17 - Liz and Julia
Battle of the Block is a drama killer. It’d be one thing if it only lasted a few weeks, in order to force the creation of strong alliances and keep bigger characters in the house. But it goes on for far too long and creates the need to constantly backdoor targets and put up the same people every week. This biggest fear is that this has become a permanent fixture in the game, the way that the Power of Veto started off as a twist and become just another part of the game. This twist kills drama, lasts forever, and ensures that alliances like Sixth Sense stay in power for four weeks in a row wi...
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Who Was Sent Home On ‘Big Brother’ Last Night?

7/24/2015 8:32am EDT
BB17
The Audrey Show’s been cancelled. And it’s a real bummer. 90% of the interesting content from BB17 has come from her actions, gameplay, and personality. If she hadn’t played so hard, so fast, she probably would have made it much further in the game. People in the house loved her and wanted to be a part of her positive story, but the constant rumor mongering turned people against her hardcore. However, she also set the tone for the entire season. If she didn’t play so hard, maybe the other players wouldn’t have followed her leave. Who knows what the season will hold without her? Without the ...
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'BB17' Week 4 Veto Rundown

7/23/2015 8:44am EDT
'Big Brother' Review: Memorable Moments From Week 4 Veto, Audrey
How can the season with the best feeds in years be such a disappointing TV show? Many feed watchers were excited to see this episode after everything that happened before the veto ceremony, only to see a watered down lie on the air. What narrative are they trying to sell? That Shelli is a victim of Audrey? Making it look like this wasn’t planned from the start (it was) makes Audrey look more paranoid than in reality. Is all of this in service of not making the season’s only solid showmance, not the villains? Because it’s far too late for that.

Worst of all, after weeks of complaining, the ...
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Best Moments From 'Big Brother' Week 5 Eviction

7/17/2015 8:17am EDT
BB17
There’s something off about the editing this season. While it’s still worlds better than the bore-fest that was BB16, the focus on competitions has pulled too much focus away from a great cast. Plus the constant twists get in the way off the really interesting characters and their relationships. We hardly know anything about cast members like Jackie, Becky, Jason, and Meg, but we do know that some dude named Gronk likes to party. Maybe that’s why they didn’t bother to introduce a new Takeover Twist at the end of this episode. If there was less focus on the compulsory parts like competitions...
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'Big Brother' 17 Crazy Cast Continues To Entertain Us

7/13/2015 8:32am EDT
'Big Brother' Review: The Hilarity Of Week 2 Nominations
Although this season of Big Brother hasn’t done well with capturing the pure insanity that is the live feeds, it has done well creating an entertaining season. A lot of that comes down to having a likable and fun cast. (No racists or delusional nutbags for the first time in a long while???) This episode was one of the funniest, in part due to the absurdity of the twin twist, the ridiculous game of telephone when it comes to information, and colorful characters. Now if only the show would do away with overly long competitions and unnecessary twists, we’d have a real incredible season. This c...
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Did 'Big Brother' Just Turn X-Rated?

7/11/2015 10:36am EDT
Big Brother Season 17 House photo
Big Brother Season 17 is shaping up to be riddled with controversy early. The latest rumor involves masturbation, but that's minor compared to what alleged sickening act happened next, citing a Daily Beast report.

The CBS reality TV show is often rife with sexism, misogyny, racism; you name it. But this lewd act -- presuming that's what it was -- takes the honors, albeit infamously. Fasten your seatbelts; there's turbulence ahead.

The episode unfolded last week that showed Jeff Weldon and Julia Nolan (Liz's twin) in bed together. Julia, with light blockers on, had her back to Jeff. Meanwh...
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'Big Brother' 17 Cast Never Stops Scheming

7/10/2015 8:45am EDT
BB17
Womp womp. A major twin is ruined. A huge character is evicted. Boring takeovers fail terribly. And yet, BB17’s potential never ends. This is a cast that never stops scheming. They’re all incredibly intelligent, belligerent, and fun. It’s a shame this season is a twist-filled romp fest because this is one cast that doesn’t need any twists to be entertaining.

Here are the best and worst moments from the Week 2 Eviction:

Best: Twin Twist Failure

Another twist bites the dust. Da’Vonne outsmarts Big Brother by figuring out that Liz is a twin just two weeks into the game. Da’Vonne is an extre...
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'Big Brother': Sometimes Bad Gameplay Can Be Pretty Entertaining

7/9/2015 9:01am EDT
'Big Brother' Review: Best And Worst Moments Of Week 2 Veto
Pretty boring episode. After a week of nonstop gameplay and changing alliances, it’s a little disappointing when things stay the status quo. However, sometimes bad gameplay can be pretty entertaining. Shelli and Clay made some monumental mistakes, so their downfall could be massively fun. But none of that has happened yet. What we were left with was a meandering episode that spent far too much time on competitions and filler.

Here are the best and worst moments from the week 2 veto episode:

Worst: Underwhelming Twin Segment

What’s the point of the twin twist segment if nothing is going t...
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'Big Brother' 17 Cast Continues To Shine

7/6/2015 8:49am EDT
'Big Brother' Review: Best And Worst Moments From Week 2 Nominat
Seriously, how did we get so lucky with this cast? Last year, Battle of the Block was a burden on the season. It still is, but this time around people are more eager the play the game and play against each other. No more bandwagons. No more lying down and letting a majority alliance do whatever they want. Battle of the Block is still terrible, but BB17 proves that twists are irrelevant as long as the show has a strong cast. So far BB17 has proven to be the remedy to the past few terrible seasons.

Here are the best and worst moments of Week 2 Nominations/Battle of the Block:

Best: The Mess...
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'Big Brother' Has First Live Eviction

7/3/2015 7:54am EDT
'Big Brother' Review: Week 1 Live Eviction, Head Of Households,
Seems like Big Brother’s answer to fitting in the craziness of this week was to show virtually none of it. The biggest problem with Big Brother is that the formula of competitions, ceremonies, and other staples in every single episode can leave very little time for the most important parts of the game: strategy and socialization. Battle of the Block and 2 HOH competitions makes this even worse. Jackie got almost no screen time in a week where she was nominated. Instead of a double HOH, we could have had a bit of explanation of why certain things went down, from Jace’s own Shelltown bro deci...
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'Big Brother' 17: Insanity Of The First Live Feed Week

7/2/2015 8:51am EDT
Big Brother Review: Week One Veto, Ridiculous Fights, And Two Bi
The difference between the Big Brother live feeds and episodes are truly astounding. It’s one of the things that makes Big Brother stand out among the competitive reality show. The episodes are not only a short snap shot of hundreds of hours of live footage, but also a telling narrative of what the producers want us to think is important. BB17’s first week on the live feeds has been true insanity. There has been dozens of alliances, confrontations galore, and the rise and fall of a very significant character. But the trouble is that the first week of episodes can’t even begin to illustrate ...
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'Big Brother' Recap: BB Finally Has A Decent Cast?

6/29/2015 9:49am EDT
Big Brother 17
Could it really be possible that we have a really good season of Big Brother after years of terrible casts and unexciting twists? BB17 is filled with likeable cast members, strategic players, and twists that so far haven’t stopped gameplay in its tracks. The episodes so far have been a great mix of entertaining interactions and serious gameplay. As with every Big Brother season, it’s too early to be this hopeful. But since BB15 and 16 were so terrible, it refreshing to have a season start off so well.

Here are the best and worst moments from the third episode:

Best: BB Fast Forward

Lucki...
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'Big Brother' 17: Premiere Night 2

6/26/2015 8:21am EDT
'Big Brother' Recap: Best And Worst Moments Of Premiere Night 2
And with that the game can finally begin. It’s always fun to see the houseguests first get into the house and try to find their bearings. There’s always a couple of people who come in swinging, ready to play hard as soon as they enter the front door. There’s always a couple of showmance-hungry women who declare that girls just totally hate them for, like, no reason at all! Some contestants try too hard for attention right away. And a BB season wouldn’t be complete without clueless contestants who have no idea what sort of show they signed up for.

However, Big Brother doesn’t truly start un...
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'Big Brother' Premiere: Who Is The Most Likable?

6/25/2015 9:08am EDT
Big Brother
In the first of a two night premiere, Big Brother 17 is off to a running start. It introduces most of the stalwart Big Brother tropes, from contestants who try too hard to force a showmance to a plethora of unwanted twists. But it also only introduces half the cast, the only welcome rollover from Big Brother 16. The first episode illustrates the brimming potential of the cast and the overall season, as well as some iffy moments that could have us begging for the Big Brother days-of-yore.

Here are the best and worst moments of the first episode, plus a bonus likeability meter for the new ho...
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Big Brother 17: Cast Superlatives - Meet The Cast

6/18/2015 8:47am EDT
Big Brother 17
One of the best parts of a new season of Big Brother is making snap judgements about the fresh cast members based on nothing more than a couple of interviews and their cast photo. First impressions mean so much in reality television, but none more than on Big Brother, a show that fairly often uses audience reactions to shape twists and hand out super powers. That’s why we sit in judgement over preview material and social media to discover who the next cast bigot will be (last year’s Caleb Reynolds was the “winner” of that honor) and guess who our favorites will be.

Based on CBS promo mater...
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'Big Brother' 2014 Finale Recap: Big Secrets And Winner Revealed

9/25/2014 8:48am EDT
'Big Brother' 2014 Finale: Big Secrets And Winner Revealed
Big Brother 2014 finally ended. Either Victoria Rafaeli, Cody Calafiore, or Derrick Levasseur took home the grand prize. Before that, the final three players had to compete to earn their final spots. Then they faced an intense grilling by the Big Brother 16 jury. So after it was all done, who won Big Brother 2014 last night.

Head of Household Competitions

Flying High, or Bye Bye: This is the competition where all the remaining houseguests must hang on hang gliders. The contestant who stays on it the longest, wins the first round of competitions. They also advance to round 3 of the HoH c...
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'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 39 Recap: 'Flying High or Bye Bye'

9/20/2014 4:15pm EDT
'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 39 Recap: 'Flying High or Bye Bye'
Either Victoria Rafaeli, Cody Calafiore, or Derrick Levasseur will wear the Big Brother champion crown after Wednesday's Big Brother 16 finale. Three challenges stand in their way of seeing it through to the end of Big Brother 2014. The first round of those challenges happened last night on Big Brother 2014.

The Final Battle Begins...

Derrick expresses how confident he feels about his chances of making it to the final two. He knows Victoria and Cody will both take him to the finals. Derrick then secures his deals by separately celebrating making the final three with each of them.

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'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 38 Recap: At The End Of The Day Beast Mode Goes Home

9/18/2014 8:24am EDT
'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 38 Recap: At The End Of The Day Beast
The final four players on Big Brother 2014 were finally decided on Tuesday's eviction episode. Caleb Reynolds, Derrick Levasseur, Cody Calafiore, and Victoria Rafaeli have all been fighting the entire summer to stay in the house. The men have based their game on honesty and loyalty to their alliance. However, Derrick and Cody's true loyalty has always been to each other. The only player really standing in their way is Caleb. So now is the time to eliminate Beast Mode Cowboy from the Big Brother 16 game.

The Big Brother final four say goodbye to Frankie Grande by looking at the memory wal...
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'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 37 Recap: A Grande Exit

9/17/2014 8:42am EDT
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Frankie Grande's personality has caused division among the Big Brother 2014 viewers. So he may not be one of the most liked players in Big Brother history, but definitely one of the most talked about. On last night's episode of Big Brother 16, only two votes sealed his game fate. So did Frankie go to the jury house, or did Victoria Rafaeli's nine lives finally end on Big Brother 2014?

The Friend of My Enemy is Not My Friend

Frankie starts to get the sense that his days in the Big Brother house could be over soon. His fears are basically confirmed when Beastmode Cowboy, aka Caleb Reynold...
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'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 36 Recap: Jury Fury

9/15/2014 9:08am EDT
'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 36 Recap: Jury Fury
On the last episode of Big Brother 2014, a BB Rewind completely restarted last week's game. This means that the Head of Household, Veto Competition and Ceremony, and Nominations were completely invalid from the previous week on Big Brother 16. Now the houseguests must do everything again, but better.

Trust Me

Caleb Reynolds wins the "Seed Saw" competition redo. Frankie Grande mentions how he trusts Caleb, but knows not to feel safe about his game life this week. This is a good sentiment because Caleb, Cody Calafiore, and Derrick Levasseur celebrate Caleb's win because they believe it se...
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'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 35 Recap: The Rewind Activated

9/11/2014 8:53am EDT
'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 35 Recap: The Rewind Activated
Last night on Big Brother 2014, the remaining five houseguests found out what temptation cost them. To the remaining houseguests, host Julie Chen announced that all the games this week needed to be redone. This means Frankie Grande (the current biggest target in the house) is no longer safe. But he habitually escapes eviction when necessary. Frankie's game is also helped by the Bombonators blind loyalty to one another.

Victoria, Master Manipulator?

Victoria Rafaeli starts to breakdown about being evicted this week. Derrick Levasseur uses this opportunity to gain more of her trust.

Late...
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'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 34 Recap: Welcome to the Freak Show

9/10/2014 8:37am EDT
'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 34 Recap: Welcome to the Freak Show
Frankie Grande won his way to the final five on Big Brother 2014. Of course, this means he's the house's main target. But getting out Frankie seems impossible this week because he's the Head of Household. The Big Brother 16 houseguests are completely unaware that by pushing the Rewind button, the entire week is invalid, which makes Frankie eligible for eviction. This week's eviction nominees Victoria Rafaeli and Cody Calafiore may get a second Big Brother 2014 life this week.

General Nonsense

Cody starts developing paranoia about being evicted this week. Caleb Reynolds worsens the sit...
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'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 33 Recap: Jeff Proposes To Jordan

9/8/2014 8:45am EDT
'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 33 Recap: Jeff Proposes To Jordan
Last Thursday on Big Brother 2014, another double eviction sent two more female contestants into the jury house. Now only one girl stands in the way of a male-Bomb Squad dominated final four. But as the final five near the end of their stay in the Big Brother house, they may decide to cut each other sooner than they intended on Big Brother 16.

Stop and Rewind

The houseguests react to Christine Brecht's response from the crowd during her eviction. They believe that she talked badly about them behind their backs. Frankie Grande also tells Cody Calafiore that he believes his relationship w...
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'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 32 Recap: The Crowd's Revenge On Christine

9/5/2014 8:24am EDT
'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 32 Recap: The Crowd's Revenge On Chri
Nicole Franzel reentered the Big Brother 2014 house with the hope of winning the game. Since her return, nothing has gone in her favor. Now Nicole's second shot at winning the game ended on last night's episode of Big Brother 16. However, with another double eviction, Nicole's game wasn't the only one to take its final lap on Big Brother 2014.

The Last Second Chance

Caleb Reynolds decides to inform Frankie Grande that he almost nominated him for eviction this week. Caleb believes by spilling the truth now, he can do damage control before someone else tells Frankie about his almost plan....
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'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 31 Recap: The Ghost Of Dan Gheesling

9/4/2014 9:55am EDT
'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 31 Recap: The Ghost Of Dan Gheesling
With only a couple weeks left in the Big Brother 2014 house, many players have already lost their sanity. Frankie Grande is one of these players. Recently, his paranoia has caused other Big Brother 16 players to want to evict him. Head of Household Caleb Reynolds discussed evicting Frankie over their main target Nicole Franzel with Bomb Squad alliance members Cody Calafiore and Derrick Levasseur. The Big Brother 2014 puppet Master Derrick doesn't want to evict Frankie because of Team America. But in the final days of Big Brother 2014, loyalties can easily shift.

Power Up for Grabs

Christi...
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'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 30 Recap: A Slippery Slope

9/1/2014 9:30am EDT
'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 30 Recap: A Slippery Slope
Since week 1, the Big Brother 16 game has been dominated by the Bomb Squad alliance. Now five members of it are so close to the finals. But could their loyalties finally waver on Big Brother 2014?

Paranoia Hits Frankie

The Big Brother 16 houseguests continue to fight for this week's Head of Household title. With Donny Thompson now evicted, only two players stand in the way of the Bomb Squad making it to the final 5: Nicole Franzel and Victoria Rafaeli.

Nicole knows she's public enemy number one. Frankie Grande's growing paranoia makes him ensure of his safety. Derrick Levasseur is skatin...
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'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 29 Recap: Donny's Bold And Beautiful Offer

8/29/2014 8:12am EDT
'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 29 Recap: Donny's Bold And Beautiful
Donny Thompson has been the underdog of Big Brother 16. People have repeatedly conspired to evict him, but he continued to beat the odds every week. Now it looks like his luck is finally over. Nicole Franzel has had an equally difficult time on Big Brother 2014. She was evicted two weeks ago by her Big Brother bestie Christine Brecht and was continuously betrayed by people she called friends in the Big Brother house. Now either Nicole or Donny will say goodbye to their shot at $500,000.

A Sprinkle of Doubt

Christine and Nicole start to bond again, which immediately creates paranoia in Fra...
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'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 28 Recap: Folding Under the Pressure

8/28/2014 3:26pm EDT
'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 28 Recap: Folding Under the Pressure
Many Big Brother 2014 fans have been unhappy with the favorable ways CBS has edited Youtube Star Frankie Grande. On last night's episode, he was edited in villainous way. One of America's favorite players, Groundskeep Donny Thompson, suggested that Team America's mission for the week be to save him. The third member of Team America, Derrick Levasseur, was on the fence about the idea, but Frankie was completely against it. This could be setting him up to become the new antagonist of Big Brother 16.

Mission Save Donny?
Donny enters into the Diary Room and gets the newest mission for Team Ame...
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'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 27 Recap: Donny Versus Derrick

8/25/2014 8:10am EDT
'Big Brother' 2014 Episode 27 Recap: Donny Versus Derrick
Last week on Big Brother 2014, Donny Thompson was the house's main target. But their plans failed when Christine Brecht tried to throw the Battle of the Block Competition. As a result, Zach Rance left with Froot Loops on the floor. Then Nicole Franzel won the juror contest and got a second shot at the Big Brother 16 title and money. Now the Big Brother 2014 Bomb Squad has one goal: Destroy Donny and Nicole's game.

A Threat Resurfaces

Everyone puts on their best false faces to celebrate Nicole's return. In reality, all the Big Brother 16 remaining players, except Donny, want her evicted...
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