Big Brother 2 debuts tonight.

Big Brother 2 debuts tonight.
Executive producer Arnold Shapiro’s reputation goes on the line tonight when the new Big Brother 2 debuts at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. A flurry of late-hour news–including the revelation that the house guests had already moved in and that CBS would charge for the live feeds–has already annoyed some fans. And just over 24 hours before the show debuted, Variety reported that the show still didn’t have a partner to stream the live video from the house–video they plan to charge for–although they were expected to finalize a deal with Real Networks soon. Thoughts and reactions from before the new show debuts:

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Ben Folds

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.