Friday, May 29, 2015

Big Brother Tidbits

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I know you're all itching for news on the upcoming season or, more likely, for it to start already. However, I don't expect any casting news for a good three weeks or so. That in mind, I decided I should post some newsy bits about the upcoming season and pass on some recent happenings with past house hamsters.

To start things off ...

Big Brother 17 will kick off with a two-night season premiere -- Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25 -- both nights are 8pm ET/PT although the Thursday live shows will return to the 9pm ET/PT the next week. The regular schedule for the show will be as in recent years: Sunday 8pm ET/PT, Wednesday 8pm ET/PT, Thursday 9pm ET/PT.

Regarding those live feeds ...

The bad news is that there will be no way for the Canadian audience to access the live feeds this season. The good news is that it's easier and cheaper for the United States show fans to get the live feeds. This year, they're bundling the live feeds into the CBS All Access subscription for a mere $5.99 a month. We'll still have the four camera and quad camera views (probably two cameras at different angles in the same room, but ...!) We'll still have the flashback feature to catch up and there are social aspects like chat rooms and such.

One cool thing about the CBS All Access subscription is that you can watch shows from previous seasons. I signed up this past week and so far I've watched the first season of Survivor and Twin Peaks. I've started skipping through episodes of my favorite BB season -- Season Two. No, you can't access the live feeds from past seasons.

You can sign up for the CBS All Access subscription at this link. You will need a credit card even though the first week is free. They rather bizarrely test out the card by taking a dollar out and putting it back in. Huh. It's the first time I've ever noticed that kind of thing with an online account.

 

CBS will be releasing pre-season bits via the All Access subscription. Right now I'm not seeing much of interest on there beyond access to all previous seasons aired shows (including BB1). On June 10th, BB16 winner Derrick Levasseur will have a private chat with subscribers. On June 15th, it will be Frankie Grande with a chat. Later that week (6/15), they're promising a live stream early reveal of the new houseguests. The live feeds themselves aren't expected to start until after the west coast viewing of the June 25 (Thursday) show.

Past hamsters in the news ...

Jeff and Jordan are the big ones in the news. Not only have they set their wedding date, they're appearing on WE tv's Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars. That show has its season premiere tonight (Friday, May 29) at 9pm ET/PT on, of course, WE tv.

For the first time, Survivor seasons were filmed out of order. While they'll be filming the show with previous castaways over the summer and airing it in September, Survivor 32 is already done and over with. But, we won't see it until February. And, guess who's on it? Caleb Reynolds from BB16. It's another Beauty, Brawn, Brains edition. I wonder what woman he'll creepily stalk on the island?

Back in February, Mike Boogie Malin filed for bankruptcy. On the other hand, Will Kirby still operates his successful dermatology practice. Meanwhile, BB14 winner Ian Terry is teaching physics in Texas. Howie Gordon has an actual television meteorologist job.

Life goes on.

10 comments:

Chacha said...

Can't wait until we start getting bits and pieces of contestants emerge.

David said...

I just got 1 month free of the all access pass by redeeming some of my CBS points. It only takes 250 points. According to the fine print I have until 9-1-2015 to activate the pass. So I am going to wait until BB starts to redeem the 1 month all access pass. =)

You only have a little more than an hour left to redeem your CBS points for anything including the 1 month access pass as they are ending the program.

Hi Jackie =)

Can't wait to see what I have been missing all these years. lol

David said...

If you have not tried out the CBS all access pass yet and you miss out on the 1 month deal, wait until BB starts and they are giving away a 1 week free trial, as Jackie explained in her post, and you can see the live feeds for a week free.

monty924 said...

Can't wait for BB!! Caleb on Survivor... he may be entirely different, but I doubt it. Yuck!

Rita said...

Is anyone carrying Big Brother After Dark this year, like the old TV Guide Channel and Showtime did in past seasons? Can't wait see Caleb on Survivor next year!

Jackie said...

Rita - I think BBAD will be on POP again, the rebrand name for TVGN. It's still owned by CBS and that's a ratings draw for them.

Sharon N said...

Jackie, will you have a special post for people to join the 'pool' again this year?
If so, I'll want to get my name in!

gag... Caleb on Survivor.
Somehow, these weird losers always manage to cash-in on their 'popularity.' lol

Jackie said...

I'm sure I will, Sharon!

Sharon N said...

Thanks Jackie! :)

Chauncey said...

The school Ian Terry is teaching at, is 15 minutes from where I live. I almost sent my son, he will get a kick of Ian being there, that close to us. He will probably want to go there now. Its a very tough charter school and almost every child gets a scholarship to colleges and universities when they graduate.