BB18, Days 83-87: Screw Your Neighbor

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The “Jatalie” showmance/friendship came to an end last night.

The facts and figures as of today were as follows:

  • Ratings: The show pulled in 5.15 million viewers Sunday (up against a wild Notre Dame-Texas shootout on ABC to open each team’s season). Wednesday’s show did better, getting 5.97 million.
  • On Monday (Day 83), Corey did not use his veto, locking the possible evictees in as either being James or Natalie.
  • On Thursday (Day 86), Natalie was evicted 3-0 to finish 6th.
  • The HOH competition was still going on as the show left the air. Later, Corey won the annual “fill a bowl walking on a slippery surface” comp to win his 2nd HOH.

Boredom continued to reign supreme in the house. First, the gang got dominoes, then production had the better idea of giving the six remaining contestants cards to play with. They played the usual games such as Poker, the appropriately named B***s**t, and Gin Rummy, passing along the time. Everyone seems to know everyone else’s strategy, so there’s very little left to talk about.

Last night was the first of three evictions in six days, and by next Wednesday, this year’s game will be down to the final three who will survive until the first-ever 99th day in show history, which will also be the last day of the season. James and Nicole already have moved into second and third place, respectively, in terms of spending the most days in the house in BB history. In fact, if James makes it to the final three, he will tie Janelle Pierzina’s record of being in the house for 177 days, despite only being on for two seasons to Janelle’s three.

As stated previously, Nicole could be the first contestant ever not to be nominated at all, should no one put her up in the final five, then the final four, then if she wins the last HOH competition on September 21st. She could also do all of that, and only win $50,000. Victor could be the first houseguest ever to be evicted to come back and win, not to mention the first houseguest evicted twice to win.

That’s the one thing the end of the season has going for it as it winds down: we may see things that have never been seen on this particular reality show before. It may be the only thing keeping viewers from abandoning ship in droves.

I’ll be back on Thursday the 15th with more.

BB18, Days 81-82: Nicole, The Last Not Nominated

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@89razorskate20 caught this on one of the screens Friday. Seems production is already mailing it in…

The latest facts and figures:

  • Thursday’s ratings, due to 30 of the 32 NFL teams playing their last preseason game that night and Hurricane Hermine hitting northern and western Florida, were a mere 4.94 million viewers for the live show.
  • Nobody is a have not this week.
  • Natalie and James were nominated by HOH Victor this week. It was the first nomination for James, which makes Nicole the last un-nominated contestant this season.
  • With six houseguests left, everyone plays in the last three POV competitions.
  • Corey won the POV competition.

The dullness on the feeds drags on. Hate to say it, but I’d be lying if I said this was a riveting season. It feels a lot like a 99 day advertisement for the digital season starting a few weeks.

Congratulations to Nicole for being the last houseguest standing yet to be nominated. She will get to at least the 83rd day (the day of the POV meeting) before that can happen at the earliest. It is still possible she could be the first houseguest in show history to never to be nominated, not even by default in the final three, as Derrick, BB3’s Danielle and Jason were. But unless Corey and Nicole can win each of the last three HOH’s, I think it’s highly unlikely that someone won’t put her up before the end of the season.

Who had Nicole being the last not nominated houseguest this season? A show of hands, please. Nope, my hand’s not raised.

Looking like James will go on Thursday. If he wins veto, I think Natalie goes out. Pretty simple, that was until Nicole starting screeching about evicting Natalie the past 24 hours or so. But hey, she’s America’s sweetheart, right? It would also be further proof of possible pre-season collusion between Nicole of James, wouldn’t it.

Anyway, time to pee on the fire that is this blog entry. Due to the Labor Day holiday, I’ll be back on Friday with more stuff. The only things than can save this season is Corey evicting Nicole, or Paul winning. Neither look like likely events at this point.

 

BB18, Days 78-80: Grand Theft Pablo, Studio City

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Corey looking amorous, Nicole looking uncomfortable…

Here’s the latest news:

  • Wednesday’s CBS show: 6.20 million viewers.
  • Corey’s “BB Bribe” as part of this week’s final America’s Care Package has gone to Victor. In exchange, Victor will be required to vote out Michelle.
  • BB’s spin-off fall season now has a name. Big Brother: Over The Top will begin shortly after BB18’s finale on September 21st and will have a few new “bells and whistles” to it. The biggest wrinkles being that all competitions scheduled to take place live, and that the winner will win $250,000, not $500,000.
  • Michelle was evicted 3-2 when, as HOH, Nicole was needed to break a 2-2 tie. Victor and Corey voted Michelle, James and Natalie voted out Paul.
  • Victor won HOH in the annual “move eggs around a chicken wire” competition.

First, some thoughts about the fall season: I’m not impressed. The reasons why I won’t be blogging about it this fall were well defined by yesterday’s roll-out: it isn’t truly Big Brother with a lower prize and more interactive opportunities. While they do throw us the bone of letting us watch comps, the increased interaction only will increase production’s interference. It will be an all new cast, but hell, that’s what the show SHOULD be doing. Thus, I think BBOTT it’s a Trojan horse.

The show continues to do well in the ratings, probably due to the showmances. But, if you watch the live feeds, each relationship has significant chinks in its armor. I don’t expect either couple to last in the outside world too long.

Michelle went out with a bang, but you all knew she would, right? It gave Nicole the chance to play “avenging angel” but couldn’t even do that well, quickly playing the victim card once more, as that’s all she seems to know. If Big Meech had waited a few years to do the show, I have no doubt she would have been a legend. Her lack of filter and blindness at times to what was going on around her made her very entertaining in the house. I also don’t think production liked her all that much, so I wouldn’t count on a return in a future season, and that was before she had to be bleeped on the way out the door.

James threw the HOH comp that Victor won, which made no sense because he’s going to need to win something outside of endurance sooner or later. Natalie then promised to used the veto on him if they’re on the block together, so their collective game is a comedy of errors.

I’ll be back with more on Sunday. Right now, I have to keep watching and make sure this lady named Hermine is totally evicted from the Gulf of Mexico.

BB18, Days 76-77: Valley Of The Doll

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A female sex doll was dropped into the house by drone on Sunday afternoon, and that’s what was written on its belly. I have no idea what it means.

News of the past couple of days:

  • Ratings continue to improve after being in a slump most of the year, as the Sunday show got 6.81 million viewers, which did better than the Cincinnati-Jacksonille NFL preseason game on NBC.
  • POV and HOH winner Nicole kept nominations the same, so either Paul or Michelle will finish in 7th place on Thursday night on the 79th day.

The biggest event in the house these past couple of the days was the unplanned visit of a drone, dropping a sex doll into the house. Everyone speculated what it all meant, with several houseguests coming up with all kinds of different possible answers and perceptions.

We’ve sunk pretty far when that serves as excitement.

Michelle looks done for, and I don’t think there will be an 11th hour miracle to save her as was the case during the double eviction a few weeks ago. Nicole keeping Victor around, a proven competitions winner, is in my mind a big mistake. Then again, Nicole was never going to be known as a great in-game tactician.

The ratings continue to rise over the past week. The show will probably average downward from the 6.18 they had last year, but not the 5.5 I predicted early this season. Could the boost in ratings be due to 4 of the 7 survivors (and soon 4 of the 6) are so-called “couples” in the house? Bold prediction: the fall BB spin-off will be couples related, ala BB9 in 2008. Why? CBS loves to spin new seasons as something new, when in fact it’s just a different spin of stuff we’ve seen before. It’s what they do.

Back Friday with more, sooner in the unlikely event things change dramatically, though I don’t see that happening. Let’s put it this way: this season can’t end fast enough for me.

BB18, Days 74-75: Great TV, But Terrible Feeds

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Corey and Nicole early on Day 74.

The latest developments:

  • 6.10 million viewers for the live show Thursday night.
  • Over in the UK, BB16 fifth placer Frankie Grande went to the end of the 18th Celebrity Big Brother or Friday, but finished in 6th place in their season-ending mass eviction. Stephen Bear, a British reality star, won.
  • Corey won the America’s Care Package: $5,000 for any houseguest to take any action within the game that Corey wants (as in voting a certain way, vetoes, etc. If a houseguest accepts the $5K, they must take the action desired, they cannot back off from it.)
  • Paul and Michelle are the current nominees.
  • Corey and Victor are this week’s Have Nots. They get to eat seaweed and squid to go with their slop.
  • Everyone but Natalie plays in the POV competition, which Nicole won.

The current setup of the house might be great for the TV audience, but I’m finding things continuously monotonous on the feeds. Guess which audience production is going to cater to? Hint: it won’t be the feedsters. Last year we had the ongoing Vanessa Rousso drama of whether or not she can hold her psyche together to the end and win. This year, it’s Michelle, and it looks likely at this point that she’ll get picked off before she can get to the end.

I’m pretty sure at this point either Nicole or Natalie win the big money at the end, possibly maybe finishing 1st and 2nd together. The blond Michigander has been savaged on social media, and for reasons I understand. Her game did not improve from two seasons ago, as I find her more catty than she was back in 2014. The opposition deteriorated: no Derrick, no Christine, no Frankie to play off of, all three of whom may be better players than what’s left this year. At least Frank tried to play the game this season, and Da’Vonne served the season well as an early going agent provocateur.

Andy Dehnart wrote a brilliant piece on Reality Blurred about the show and the problems it’s been having now for many years, or at least it seems that way to me. The meat-headed, misogynistic men. The wishy-washy young women who can’t get along, always finding ways to divide themselves and rarely work together. Andy believes the show has potential, and so do I. But it never lives up to what it could be, always settling for, as I said to Dingo over at Hamsterwatch before the season again, being an economy sized car in the CBS reality lineup. (Which, I guess, makes Survivor the Cadillac and The Amazing Race the Mini-Cooper.)

With Nicole doubling down her power by winning the veto yesterday, it looks like Michelle is either done for, or will have to prove herself a great player by flipping a vote that seems set in stone against her. That America’s Care Package that made her co-HOH last week seems to have done her in, but she never really lived up to the preseason hype many saw in her, at least in my view.

More on Tuesday when the nominations are locked in.

BB18, Day 68: Paul Weathers The Storm

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“Jatalie” having a storage room discussion on Friday..

As always, I start with the “down low” on recent events:

  • James and Victor are the only Have Nots for the week. Michelle would have been one, but won the care package to make her co-HOH. They get to eat pies with their slop for the week.
  • Everyone but Nicole played in the POV competition, which Paul won.
  • Friday’s ratings: 5.37 million viewers.

Other than the POV, it was a rather quiet day. Paul will likely spare himself at the veto meeting on Monday. Michelle, who is the co-HOH who nominated the California apparel maker, has three options as a replacement. She can replace Paul with either Nicole, Corey, or James.

It still appears the fix is in here, and that Victor will be the one out. But with Paul now one of the three voters, and with Corey or Nicole likely the other nominee, whoever doesn’t go up between those two will vote to evict Victor. That leaves James as a likely deciding vote.

It’s been noted on social media that every time James returns from the Diary Room, he comes back with a more vigorous defense as to why Victor needs to go, and that a “good person” should win the season. I wonder what Victor has done that does not make him a so-called good person: perhaps evicting Paulie against the wishes of production, who reportedly called him “stupid” for doing so?

More in a couple of days. I didn’t watch the feeds at all yesterday, still reeling for Natalie’s revelation that “Mom and Dad” wanted her to work with Corey and Nicole.

BB18, Day 67: Dear Old Mom And Dad

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Scenes on the feeds as Michelle won her care package on Day 66…

The events that took place yesterday:

  • Ratings: 5.37 million viewers Thursday night. I’ll have Friday night’s numbers in tomorrow’s post.
  • Michelle won America’s Care Package, making her and Natalie co-HOH’s. They each get to make one nomination a piece.
  • Paul and Victor are the nominees.

It was pretty much a quiet 66th day in the house for the most part, though I wondered why all of a sudden Natalie and James wanted to work with Nicole and Corey when they appeared done for with Paulie’s eviction. It looked like my “prophecy” of a couples versus the uncoupled of a few weeks ago had come to fruition.

Then, around 2:00pm BBT, it became crystal clear what had happened. Production had intervened, wanting Natalie to work with the “Nicorey” couple. Natalie referred to production as “Mom” and “Dad” when speaking to Nicole in the storage room around that time.

Like I said in the tweet, I wasn’t all that surprised. It is their show, they can do what they want with it. I have posted show ratings in almost every blog this season, as the show’s been losing ratings four seasons in a row, and now, likely a fifth with viewership going past the 6 million mark only a few times this year.

My guess is they want a woman to win for the first time since Rachel won BB13 in 2011, and a Nicole/Natalie partnership is their best bet at getting it. Plus, in one of the pieces of the live show, Brendon (BB12/13 contestant) wondered why Nicole and James, the two remaining veterans, weren’t working together. Now, with prodding with production, they are.

It’s not the first controversy to hit the show, and won’t be their last dance at this rodeo. Though you have to wonder what will be that one controversy that does them in, and how many more they will able to survive. Can’t help but wonder when their “Don Imus” moment will come.

Back on the feeds, Paul raised a stink after nominations about going up on the block, which might make him the target this week as opposed to Victor, perhaps as a message to the Battle Back to “play ball” with production, I’d guess. He fought with Natalie, then Nicole last night, arguing over whether or not he’s a manipulator.

Remember, whoever goes this week will be the fifth person in the jury buyback competition on Thursday, so they still have a chance to get back in the fray.

More tomorrow.