Big Brother 2: audience won’t vote; Julie Chen will return as host.

Big Brother 2: audience won’t vote; Julie Chen will return as host.
Big Brother 2 will debut on July 5, with one-hour episodes every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Among the changes: the viewers will have no role in nominating or booting the cast members (although producer Arnold Shapiro is looking for ways to let the audience interact). Also, there will be 12 house guests, not 10, who will participate in “competitions … relevant to living in the house–not party games.” The host will not change, however; Julie Chen, apparently deciding that her career was over anyway, will return.
+ plus: Big Brother 1′s Jamie is #4 celeb crush.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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