I can’t help but feel there are more important things going on in the world right now than the start of the 18th season of Big Brother here in the United States.
A former reality host is on the cusp of becoming the Republican nominee for President of the United States, which should happen if a few leaders don’t decide to subvert the will of Republican voters.
A singer featured on The Voice was murdered in cold blood on Friday night past, with a crazed fan from St. Petersburg taking the life of Christina Grimmie in Orlando before taking his own life.
The following night, a mass shooting also took place in Orlando at an LGBT nightclub. In fact, it was the worst shooting of its kind in the history of the country, rhe murderer being a convert to radical Islam who had a hatred for gay people.
With all that said, let me see if I can focus into the BB-related events to the best of my ability.
Yesterday was supposed to have been the day that the new cast was supposed to have been revealed. But, early in the morning on Monday, I went to my Facebook page and saw Big Brother Spice in the news feed saying that the scheduled introduction to the new contestants will not take place until today at 4pm, and that it won’t be live, but a series of cast interviews. Plus, the tweet that mentioned the cancellation wasn’t posted until past midnight Eastern Time on Sunday night. All of this taking place due to the previously mentioned Orlando shootings.
Speculation had been running rampant the last few days, with Andy Denhart over at Reality Blurred revealing that for the first time in four years, there would be returning houseguests likely serving as coaches, much like BB14. Denhart, who is usually on the ball getting these pieces of information before we do, mentioned that the four returning houseguests will be Ian from BB14, Derrick from BB16, and Audrey and Vanessa from BB17.
When that broke last Thursday night, it puzzled me. I guess I’m a Big Brother “purist” because I don’t like returning houseguests (though CBS loves them on their reality shows) and I don’t like casting twists. I’d rather see everyone play once as opposed to letting hand-picked “favorites” play more than once. I would also rather see people play BB who aren’t dependent on daily medications, as was the case with Vanessa last season.
Please don’t misunderstand what I’m about to say as any kind of homophobia on my part, as that’s my intention, but what makes Audrey qualified as a coach, assuming this will be her role? She drove her own alliance crazy last season, and was the fourth evicted, only lasting 36 days. She also is only one of two houseguests to be penalized a vote for eating non-permitted food as a have-not. If she’s a coach, about two-thirds of the houseguests who have played since 2000 are also qualified to be coaches. It makes very little sense to me.
From a business point of view, I suppose the “alleged” moves make sense for what’s best for business. The show has lost ratings each of the last four seasons, going from 7.95 million viewers in the 13th season down to 6.18 last season. That’s a loss of over 22% in four years. As some of you remember, BB13 had six vets along with eight newbies that season which was won by Rachel Reilly.
Sometime tomorrow, the houseguests go into the house, unless that too has been pushed back. Speculation is that the season will end sometime around September 21st. Assuming that’s the last day, the final three (again, assuming what happened in more recent seasons is this year’s schedule again this year) will learn their fate on the show’s first ever 99th day.
While the delay is disappointing, I feel there are plenty of more days left to be conquered, and a game has to be kept in perspective with what happens in the world at large. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who have lost daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, and friends at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando in this senseless loss of humanity.