It’s only been a few days since the grand finale of the sixteenth season of Big Brother, and I am already wondering if there will ever be someone as dominanting as the Rhode Island police officer, Derrick Levasseur.
Derrick was only nominated by default on the 97th and final day (a new record) after losing a tiebreaking HOH comp question, with Cody then making the interesting choice to evict Victoria and make the final two an all-Hitman affair. Had he chose to evict Derrick, even though had he kept Victoria to the end, polling suggests he could have won. The finale falderol and hype was a moot point, as Derrick took 7 of the 9 votes to win with only Jocosta and Donny dissenting. Derrick also won $75,000 in bonus money on top of taking the $500,000 grand prize, making him the all-time money winner for a single season, if not overall, in show history with a whopping $575,000.
Don’t spend it all in one place, Derrick.
Donny took $25,000 of his own in taking the Favorite Houseguest prize, much to the dismay of the seemingly peeved Frankie (which delighted me no end). Frankie, as usual, tried to be the star of the show even on finale night, claiming he “knew” Derrick was a cop and arguing with Caleb in the taped jury deliberations hosted by Dr. Will Kirby. In the final HOH competition where Cody and Derrick have to guess what insights the jury have, Frankie refers to Cody as a “beast mode coward” for voting to evict him in the final five.
People will say that BB16 was the dullest season ever (mainly due to Derrick’s dominance), but it did well with such labels thrown at it by quasi-dissenting fans. Ratings were up a little bit from last year, perhaps proof that however controversial the “stunt casting” of the past three seasons (with Willie from BB14 and Elissa from BB15 being cast, respectively), the format works in getting butts in front of televisions, even if they do not watch the live feeds. I would not expect the show to go away from stunt casting someone’s mom, dad, son, daughter, sister, or brother next year either.
If it ain’t broke, or if the executives at CBS do not think it’s broke, why fix it?
The show has been renewed for two more seasons at least, meaning Big Brother will be on CBS until at least 2016 and that the future of the show has never been better. As much as some of us complain during the summer, at least we will have more to say these next two years.
Next week: a look at what I learned this season, with monthly blog entries the first Sunday of each month beginning in November until BB Canada time rolls around.