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|June 5 & 6, 2006 - Pre-season
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Things are starting to buzz
The Orange County Register says "it appears that Orange County buddies Michael Donnellan and Kaysar Ridha will be on the slate" of hamster hopefuls.. no telling if they have inside info or if they perhaps visited the CBS BB page on Monday.. just repeating what I read
Writer and BB analyst extraordinaire It's Aawwn is doing a blog this year called Househappenings that will be linked from the Real site - definitely a must-read for anyone following the goings-on going on this season!
Howie is scheduled to do a live chat at his site on Thursday, June 8 at 7pm BB time/10pm Eastern
First oops of the season and possible hamster possibles
Already?? Yep, it looks like the CBS webbies are working live - always big oops potential doing that - the official BB7 link today leads to nothing but a very, very rough draft of the ballot
Further investigation shows that there are names plugged into the form, although they're coded to not show.. these could just be placeholders - the voting links themselves are pasted in from an "Amazing Race" poll - or they could be intentional misdirection.. some of these are among the least likely I'd expect to show up, but for what it's worth these are the names that are there - remember, you heard it here first:
The site went back to normal at right about the end of lunchtime.. coincidence? Did somebody come back from chowing down their BLT to find they were in big trouble, or are they all having a good laugh at us now? We'll know in a couple weeks, but for now it does look like a hoax.. later the site showed a different set of names for awhile:
I have to give them points for creativity on this one
What if this whole vote-in thing is a crock, and the producers have already decided who'll be in the house this summer?
And taking that question a step further, what if the outcome of every competition, nomination, veto, and even the final jury vote is already decided, with the prize money allocated as stipends, salaries or bonuses? The way more & more reality tv has become scripted to various degrees lately has me wondering
Unlike the Endemol-produced versions that have run in 70 countries, the idea of a malevolent Big Brother making hamster life miserable hasn't been seen much in the SoCal house since Endemol ran BB1.. about the worst thing BB2 thru BB6 producers Arnold Shapiro & Allison Grodner have thrown at them is a peanut butter diet
But maybe we're the collective Winston Smiths in the scenario (read the book already!).. maybe we're the hapless victims of an unseen and unsuspected plot meant to lull us into submissive obedience (i.e. watching the show).. after all, in spite of us rabid feedsters being intrigued - ok, obsessed by what happens on the feeds, it's the Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday air programs that pay the bills
We already know what a heavy hand is often used in editing what airs - "changing history" has been a staple of the CBS version from Chicken George's planned walkout on BB1 (induced by cabin fever and toilet paper rationing, serious enough to cause days of marathon Diary/negotiation sessions but not even hinted at on CBS until days after it was avoided) through last year's Fireman Hero and Saint Maggie campaign.. there's no reason to think any of that will change for "All-Stars"
Maybe labor laws would come into play if all the hamsters were true actors 24/7 for three months (instead of just wannabe's) but maybe not - they'd still be themselves when it wasn't Game Time, under the same conditions they're already under in there.. think about it: letting various scenarios play out to their scripted outcomes has made Vince McMahon a very wealthy man
Call me crazy ("you're crazy, dingo!") or call me paranoid ("you're paranoid, dingo!") - but it's possible with a pool of folks whose confidentiality agreements have already been tested, and it sure would make life easier for the producers & editors.. As it is, they've already admitted they're going to choose six of the twelve 2006 hamsters in order to "get the right balance" and they've said they're going to include some of the more unpopular formers
Grodner also said "We're looking for a showdown.. You've got your Big Brother heroes and villains, and that's what's going to make for the best drama" (hey Allison, many if not most of us are in it for the comedy!).. Incidentally, the theme this year is "Good vs. Evil"
By the way, what's the point of having 20 show up for the Casting Special only to be whittled down to a predetermined 12 before the voting even starts? That kind of lends itself to the theme I'm wondering about
All that said, there's another definite problem with "All-Stars" and that's the fact that they already know each other.. some of them have dated and many of them socialize, make appearances together and so forth, and they're probably forming open & secret alliances and Rock Solid Deals® as we speak, so we're already missing out on potentially pivotal stuff.. not to mention the fact that those from the same seasons will tend to unite.. it's possible we'll end up with a game that's not much of a game at all, like the Real World/Road Rules Challenges have become
Meanwhile, the house is being revamped to "commemorate highlights of the first six seasons" <snore>.. oh well, there's still daily shenanigans and unbelievable behavior to look forward to and after all, that's the stuff most hamsterwatchers like best.. at least this time nobody will be able to pretend they've never seen the show before
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