"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Will McCranda take control of the house?

Andy is the HoH, but will he do what he's told?

It's hard for me to believe, but Amanda has somehow morphed from a fun, occasionally charming presence in the house to an entirely annoying, bullying monster -- and it looks like she's calling all the shots. As one half of McCranda (a two-headed creature that occasionally bickers with itself), she has no problem pouting, coercing and letting personal vendettas rule her decision-making. I'd call this bad game play if it wasn't proving itself so effective. 

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 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: What happens after the double elimination?

Everyone weeps, but was sending Judd home the right move?

I never thought we'd reach this part of the competition and Gina Marie, Amanda AND Aaryn would still be in the race. But, go figure. Candice and Judd were sent packing on Thursday, and we're now left with a smattering of smart power players, bullies, floaters, idiots and racists (some contestants, of course, fall into multiple categories). Yay!

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<p>GinaMarie. In a Shame Cone.</p>

GinaMarie. In a Shame Cone.

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday Results - Double Elimination

Would a Week of 'Big Brother' in an hour shake things up?

I have no clue what has happened on "Big Brother" in the past week, thanks to Time Warner Cable and CBS. 

From reading Liane's recaps, I know that Amanda, Spencer and Candice are on the block and from various bits of online scuttlebutt, I know that Amanda has basically gone crazy, while Spencer has continued his long run of variably horrifying comments that CBS is choosing not to air.

Whee!

And from last week, I remember that it's a double-elimination Thursday (August 8), with the regular vote, as well as the always-unsettling Week of "Big Brother" in an Hour wackiness.

Follow along! And forgive me if I lack the con text for certain things. Blame CBS and Time Warner.

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 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Is Amanda her own worst enemy?

Amanda is gunning for Candice and Jessie, but is she making a mistake?

To all of you who are Time Warner Cable customers, I want to send you my sympathies (no Showtime? No CBS? What the hell?) and promise I will do my best to unravel the mess that is this night's episode of hamster meltdown. May the CBS app be with you!

We kick things off with Gina Marie reveling in her HoH status, which means she hasn't tried writing her HoH blog just yet. Apparently, this enterprise caused her to weep bitterly, knowing that the general public would discover she's mostly illiterate. If it makes her feel any better, I think we all had an inkling. Anyway, she lures the hamsters she's just insulted into her room as flip-flopping pond scum in order to make nice. She tries to assure Jessie she's not the target, because being the pawn is SO much safer. Gina Marie promises her that her door is always open, as if she's 7-11 or possibly a paid escort. The good news is that, when Gina Marie gets voted out and discovers she's unemployed, she definitely could have a future in customer service. 

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<p>This is just a random picture of Aaryn, because I don't want to spoil elimination.</p>

This is just a random picture of Aaryn, because I don't want to spoil elimination.

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday Results - Whose eviction ends Aaryn's reign?

Would Candice, Howard or Amanda go home?

Another Head of Household tenure will end for Aaryn on Thursday (August 1) night. 

Will the end of her reign see the departure of Amanda, Candice or Howard? Well, yes. Obviously. But which one? 

Let's find out, after the break...

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 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Will Aaryn make a big move or play it safe?

America picks a very unexpected third nominee

So, Aaryn's reign of terror as HoH has been surprisingly mild, given that Helen is pulling her strings like an amateur puppeteer. The veto competition and the announcement of America's MVP, of course, could throw off all of Helen's not-so-careful planning, so it's still worthwhile to tune in on a Wednesday. It's not just a lame veto competition after all!

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 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Will Aaryn keep her promise to Helen this week?

With a new HoH and a third nominee to be determined, no one is safe

I never thought Aaryn would be HoH for a second time, largely because I thought she'd have been sent home by this point in the game, but wonders never cease on "Big Brother," do they? By some incredible stroke of luck (or a very precise throwing arm), Aaryn is the queen of the castle this week -- which means almost anything could happen. The only guarantee? Clowny the creepy clown is back! Mwahahahahaha!

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<p>The three &quot;Big Brother&quot; nominees</p>

The three "Big Brother" nominees

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday Results - Which awful hamster went home?

Judd's reign will eliminate at least one malconent

It's elimination night on "Big Brother" and guess what? No matter who goes home on Thursday (July 25) night, they're gonna be a relatively icky person. It says something that Kaitlin is probably the best person among the three hamsters up for eviction on Thursday night, which mostly relates to her being placed against Aaryn and GinaMarie.

Does that mean she'll be sent home? Of course not! Let's see how things go down...

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This week's HoH, Judd

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'Big Brother' Recap: Who will Judd nominate for eviction?

What changes happen when an under-the-radar player is center of attention?

The introduction of the “MVP” to this season of “Big Brother” seemed to negate the possibility of people simply floating through the season in hopes of not being noticed. Instead, making Elissa one of the contestants rendered the twist all but moot, and producers have already changed the MVP rules in order to break Elissa’s stranglehold over that position. The current House Of Household, Judd, took advantage of this oversight and has remained largely incognito thus far. But now that everyone will be looking to curry favor with him, will Judd have a strong, non-passive approach to the game? Or will putting him into the spotlight cause him to wilt?

Only one way to find out, and we’ll do so during tonight’s liveblog. This will be my last one for now, as the HitFix staff makes their way back from San Diego and Comic-Con. So I’m hoping for some fireworks tonight, but I’ll settle for “less racism.” You gotta set your sights low when it comes to “Big Brother.” Come back starting at 8:00 p.m. EST and follow along!
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Big Brother

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday Results - The third contestant goes home

Will Aaryn leave, or will house strategy send Jeremy packing?

Another Thursday, another elimination ceremony on “Big Brother.” With Spencer all but forgotten at this point, it comes down to Aaryn and Jeremy on the chopping block tonight. Aaryn has angered the most people with her behavior, but plenty of players deem Jeremy as the bigger threat in the overall scheme of things. There’s punishment enough awaiting Aaryn once she gets on the outside of the house, but there’s also the outside chance that contestants will view her attitude as so toxic that there’s no chance she would ever win the show. By that gameplay logic, removing her at any point in the early proceedings would be a waste of an elimination.

All of that theorizing implies “strategy,” something that’s been sorely lacking thus far inside the “Big Brother” house. Still, that’s fairly common at this stage of the game, where alliances are unwieldy, character traits are still unknown, and the sheer number of players makes smart gameplay difficult to achieve. My instinct is that Aaryn survives to offend another day, while the men try to figure out how they lost control of the house so quickly. But who knows? That’s why we watch the show. I’ll be liveblogging throughout the night, starting at 9:00 pm EST. Make sure to refresh throughout the episode!
 
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