America’s Choice begins on Thursday

One of the most idiotic–but still potentially amusing–elements of Big Brother returns Thursday. That’s when Julie Chen will read a card with the first America’s Choice question of the year. If you blacked out after last year, America’s Choice allows the audience to make a (generally inconsequential) choice for the houseguests.

This year, voting will occur online and via text messaging votes, according to a press release CBS sent out today. Larry Kramer, president of CBS Digital Media, said in the release, “Text messaging will bring the ‘Big Brother’ experience to living rooms across America, allowing even greater participation from the viewing public. It’s an organic extension of the ‘Big Brother’ phenomenon, and it will be incorporated seamlessly into the show.”

Sweet! Oh, wait, he said organic, not orgasmic, which would have been a lot more fun.

Hopefully, we’ll get exciting questions this year, such as, “Which houseguest should be pushed down the stairs?” or “Should we lace the peanut butter with laxatives or speed?”

Big Brother 6 Goes Wireless [CBS press release]

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.

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.