Hey there, “Big Brother” fans. With most of the HitFix staff currently in an insanely long line at Comic-Con, I’ll be filling in for a few days covering the show. I’ve spent the last few weeks watching the program with as much enjoyment as dread: while certain aspects of the show have been as compelling as ever, the sheer amount of bigoted hatred on display has dulled almost all pure enjoyment. Watching “Big Brother” has turned into hanging out at a family reunion with THAT RELATIVE who always spews the craziest nonsense at the loudest volumes. “Big Brother” isn’t above rigging the game in order to keep controversial players in the house as long as possible. But if Aaryn isn’t sitting with Julie Chen this Thursday (and my God what an interview THAT would be), I’d be shocked.
Holy crap -- did they actually put up a disclaimer before the show started? "Just FYI, we at CBS aren't racist, homophobic pigs, even though we cast people who are for our TV show! Sorry!" Maybe Aaryn goes on yet another tear, or maybe the nasty comments of the other racist/homophobic hamsters are included in this episode. Really, they could create a voting block. It's what, five hamsters who've said utterly disgusting things? While I'm glad CBS is no longer ignoring the issue in the primetime show (it would be hard to do at this point), it does make this show a lot less fun than it's been in previous seasons.
But let's move on. Although "Big Brother" is housing scumbags on the CBS lot, I still regret having lost faith in the show. It really seemed that the Moving Company was on a path of total domination, so can you blame me? Even though the girls in the house had started to catch on, offing Nick required breaking that secret alliance. It was certainly too strong (until it wasn't), right? But I repent, "Big Brother." I will forevermore trust Julie Chen when she says I must expect the unexpected. Well, until "the unexpected" is a new way to splatter paint and goo on the hamsters.
I'm torn between feeling respect for the Moving Company on the one hand and wanting to throw rocks at their heads on the other. That they've so easily taken control of the house, and no one except Candice (and her super duper snooper skills) has sussed it out is impressive, but ultimately depressing. Any time an alliance becomes this powerful this early, it makes for a boring show as we wait for the inevitable to come to pass. Unless the show producers interfere (which they shouldn't), I fear this season will just lope predictably to its finish, when the five guys stand together, snickering over their excellent game play.
I was initially reluctant to jump on the "Big Brother" hater train. When cameras are following you around 24/7, it's almost guaranteed you're going to be caught saying something stupid. When you're under constant stress and your "job" is essentially stabbing other people in the back, you're also likely to say something stupid and possibly hateful. I can even see how something said sarcastically could be taken literally. Given that the hamsters are mostly stupid kids, I hate to judge too quickly (reality TV housewives, though, are a different matter).
So, one thing we do know about tonight's episode is we won't be seeing all the racist, homophobic, crappy things the hamsters are saying on the life feed. This is probably for the best, as we don't want to make knee jerk judgments against hamsters because they're making knee jerk judgments. The good news is that for some of the hamsters, their ignorance isn't simply limited to ridiculous and random hatred based on skin color and sexual orientation. No, some of these people can't spell. At all. For that, we can roll our eyes at the very least.
Showmances start to blossom tonight! Julie Chen said so, so you know it's the truth. I'm pretty sure one of the showmances has to involve David, as he isn't about to let his extremely poofy hair go to waste.
Sidebar: McCrae looks better dripping wet after being splattered with paint than he does dry and fluffy, honestly. That hair really isn't working for him, Secret Tech Giant or whatever the hell he is. I really can't imagine he's simply a pizza guy.
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With the thirty-eighth season of “Saturday Night Live” in the books, it’s time to look back at the highlights as well as lowlights of the season that was. These represent not just the best/worst sketches, but also moments/trends throughout the season. This should help present a better picture of the show as it recharges its batteries over the summer months. Today, we’ll be looking at the ten worst things about this season. Next week, we’ll look at the ten best.
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