Big Brother Gets Sabotaged

Every summer I say I won’t watch it, but every summer, I end up getting sucked into CBS’s Big Brother. For those who do not get sucked in, the show’s motto is “Expect the Unexpected”, and this year was no different. This year though,  ‘Big Brother 12’ got sabotaged because their twist, having one of the “Houseguests” be a Saboteur working to cause chaos in the house, completely backfired. Their “Saboteur” got evicted in week one

in a perfect storm of bad luck for CBS, that’s just what happened when Annie was evicted about 10 minutes after she was first revealed to be the Saboteur.

So now the show’s producers need to figure out another twist or catchy scenario to keep things fresh.  I say they put Julie Chen in the house for a few weeks. That would be an interesting twist!

Big Brother 5

I am embarrassed to report that, for some reason, I have become hooked on the show Big Brother on CBS. Its actually something I have been suffering from for the past few years. The root of this evil started back a few years ago when we were on a family vacation in Maine and on an uneventful evening, we watched an episode of the show. And it just went downhill from there. Now the past few years have been entertaining enough for me to keep watching. The people on the show were somewhat interesting and made for decent television. But this year, I may cut my ties with the show. They have these two jackasses Jase and Scott, who walk around with bandanas on their heads and no shirts, thinking they own the CBS network not to mention everyone in the house. I am not sure if I will continue watching this year, but if I do, it will be only to pull for someone in the house to evict both of these fools. At least the women on this year’s show are easy to look at.

Reality Bites

The other evening, I joined my wife in watching Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and it really got me thinking about all this reality TV that is bombarding us these days. I think the proliferation of all the reality television is really telling us that the Entertainment studios in Hollywood (and other places) are just tapped out of good, creative programming ideas and they now need to use the life of the everyday man to create sellable content (to advertisers and to audiences). The argument that the reality shows are good programming ideas just does not hold water. Can you really tell me that “Joe Millionaire 2”, not to mention the original “Joe Millionaire”, is really good programming? The subject matter of all the reality television programs is quite diverse, ranging from Survivor and Big Brother to Trading Spaces and While You Were Out on TLC. I am waiting for the super, steel cage match reality show where the crew from “Trading Spaces” invades the “Big Brother” house, who is inhabited by the previous winners of “Big Brother”, “Survivor”, and ABC’s “Bachelor/Bachelorette” series, and they then compete with the “Fab 5” from “Queer Eye” to fix up the living space. Now that would be a ratings bonanza!