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I was very happy to find out Wednesday night via Hamsterwatch that Sarah Hanlon had won the third season of Big Brother Canada. She seemed to be the voice of the season, and the voice of reason of this year’s cast, and it just so happened the votes went her way. Godfrey also played a great game to finish in second place and pick up $20,000 to Sarah’s $100,000 plus prizes.

Now we move on to the 17th Big Brother season, and the winds of change are blowing with 24 days to go before the first TV episodes air on CBS.

As I mentioned back on October 2nd of last year, CBS now has an “a la carte” TV series called CBS All Access where you can subscribe and get episodes from a smorgasbord of TV shows past and present, including all previous BB seasons here in the US. The live feeds will no longer be offered as a stand alone service, you now get that if you get CBSAA, and only if you get CBSAA for the $6 per month rate. If you don’t want the service past Big Brother season, you have to cancel your subscription once the season ends to avoid spending $72 a year as opposed to the $20-$30 you’d spend giving the live feeds prior to this year, either monthly or for the entire season.

Will the feeds be better on CBSAA? Will we see more as opposed to the feeds being blacked out during competitions in previous seasons? Will CBSAA be used as an excuse to show less of the feeds? These are all questions that haven’t been answered as of yet, and don’t hold your breath that they will get answered either. Why would they promise “24/7 feeds” all these years and suddenly rename their service All Access unless it were some kind of inside joke?

I also think ratings for this season might go down a bit because of the whole Josh Duggar fiasco, and the molestation scandal therein. It can’t be overlooked that there may be a backlash against reality TV in general as the scandal continues to percolate in the media, because that will beg the question of how many of these reality TV participants are chosen despite the major life malfunctions they seem to have. Big Brother US has had some questionable people on their show in their prior sixteen seasons in terms of their mental makeup, so I’m sure season seventeen will thus be no different.

My guess as to what the “twist” will be is that they bring back the “Battle Of The Block” format from last year, and that they offer some kind of individual immunity from the block as opposed to immunity for the nomination groups. Derrick was so good at this new brand of game last year that I’m sure the producers will “Derrick-proof” it somehow, perhaps putting an HOH at more risk as the week progresses. Allison Grodner and her production crew have shown in the past that they like to mashup twists from previous seasons, I’d expect some elements from BB15 in this season as well. Perhaps they bring back the three-nominee format used that year for the three remaining non-immune nominees, something like that.

The next blog entry will be June 21st, perhaps earlier if there is substantive news to report such as the twist and cast being revealed prior to June 14th, with fresh blog entries each Sunday with the exception of September 6th (The day my birthday falls on). I haven’t decided whether or not I will get the live feeds, as that will depend on the twist and cast reveal. I’m on the fence whether or not I’m buying or selling this year, but either way I’ll have plenty to say.

FUBAR

Sarah Hanlon, Pilar Nemer, and Ashleigh Wood chat things up about the boys, May 8th, 2015.

Sarah Hanlon, Pilar Nemer, and Ashleigh Wood chat things up about the boys, May 8th, 2015.

A lot to review this week isn’t there?

In the first eviction vote Wednesday, Bobby Hlad’s dreams of 100 grand were crushed as he was sent packing in a unanimous 7-0 vote, with Britnee Blair again serving as pawn.  The “lightning round” taking place all during Wednesday’s live show saw Britnee take the HOH mantle a second time, nominating the threesome of Kevin Martin, Zach Oleynik, and Pilar Nemer.

In an added stipulation, the HOH (Britnee) was not allowed to compete in the ensuing POV competition, won by Bruno Ielo.  Bruno then elected to remove Zach from the block, with Britnee putting WIlliow MacDonald up as the replacement nominee.  The vote to evict was actually a vote to save, with Pilar getting three votes to stay, which in turn sent both Kevin and Willow (who had the other two votes to stay) out of the game.

So far this week, the not-yet nominated Ashleigh Wood won HOH, nominating Sarah Hanlon and Godfrey Mangwiza.  Sarah will likely save herself off the block by winning POV Friday, forcing Miss Wood to make a new pick.  In yet another twist, Canada selects the Have-Nots this week, which is super important because they will compete amongst themselves for a secret power.  That power will force the comp winner into replacing one of the final nominees, and will also to give them the option to replace the other nominee.  Sarah and Britnee were the chosen two, with the winner of the “superpower” unclear as this issue went to press Sunday morning.

Whew, that was a lot to get out.

I wish the show would stop with the zillions of twists they’re throwing at us.  I get that a popular Canadian snack called Twistos is one of their sponsors, but with so many of these twists, the show is getting unrecognizable now. Whoever wins in a couple weeks will have been lucky, and not the benefactor of strategy he or she employed.

Further, I really didn’t care for the “superpower” competition, and I don’t think I will be alone when Canada sees it on TV.  It is (or was since it’s either ongoing or not at press time) reward disguised as a torturous punishment.  Watching the houseguests have mental breakdowns like Nakomis during BB5 here in the US isn’t fun or entertaining, it’s just stupid, and this season has seen a lot stupid things.  If Global TV is trying to kill off the show, they’re somewhat succeeding.

Ashleigh looks to me like she’s in the best position right now with Zach as her shield, but with either Sarah or Britnee winning the “superpower” and using those powers on Wednesday, her nomination-free streak will likely come to an end soon.  Who wins?  Who cares.  The game is a total crapshoot now.

I’ll be back in three weeks to recap BB Canada’s third show.  Frankly, between all the twists and that superpower competition, I really don’t want to give the show any more publicity beyond a wrap up of it.

Triple Witching Hour

Pilar has a shocked expression on her face from an earlier twist.

It seems to be a spring tradition that headlines grab my attention away from Big Brother Canada for a bit. Two years ago it was the tragic events in Boston, last year it was the tensions between Russia and the Ukraine. This year it’s been the events in Baltimore where six police officers allegedly mistreated a man named Freddie Gray in their custody, with the 25 year old passing away from the injuries suffered at their hands, and the officers now under arrest awaiting trial. These world events have a unique way of telling us that there are things in life more important than just a game show.

Sindy Nguyen became the first BBCAN houseguest to be evicted twice (Gary Levy came back and made it to the final two in BBCAN1, thus was never evicted a second time), losing the house a second time to Britnee Blair unanimously 8-0.  Kevin Martin won his 2nd HOH, and places Bobby Hlad up a 2nd time (not counting the week where everyone was HOH) and Britnee up for her 4th trip to the block.  Kevin then went on to win his 2nd Power of Veto, the third time this season a sole HOH went on to win POV.  As this post went to press, Mr. Martin seemed to be considering taking Britnee off of “pawn of the week” status and putting Bruno Ielo there, but much like Cody Califiore during BB16 last year struggled with putting Caleb up early in the game, Kevin’s wrestling with this crucial decision.

As mentioned last week somewhat, there will be a HOH cycle where there will be three nominees and two evictees, and we learned this week is that will be a cycle that will entirely take place during Wednesday’s live show, making for not a double eviction but a triple eviction.  We still don’t know the mechanics of how the double eviction will work, and that would be nice to know for a show that has been struggling with these basic things this season.

The show has had some subplots that have kept viewers busy, such as the “sismance” between Willow MacDonald and hemployee Sarah Hanlon, and Bobby’s insistence that he has a secret veto of some sort, using it as a bluff to keep him out of danger and as a way to feed the paranoia of the others.  Unlike BB16 and how Derrick dominated, I don’t see anyone in the lead in the game right now in terms of strategy and positioning.  Perhaps all these twists have kept everybody off balance, or somewhat equal in terms of their skill.

We’ll be finding a winner 24 days from now, with BB17 beginning four weeks afterwards, at least on television.

More next week as BBCAN3 progresses towards finding its victor or victrix.