Houseguest candidates sequestered tomorrow; CBS plans lots of interactivity

The candidates for Big Brother 7 will be sequestered starting tomorrow, reality blurred has learned. All 20 will not know the results of America’s vote until they’re told by Julie Chen to enter the house, but it’s unclear if that will happen live next Thursday when the show airs, or beforehand, as is usually the case.

Meanwhile, in advance of next week’s premiere, CBS has unveiled a whole bunch of new ways to keep up with every backstab and all the manipulation. For starters, every episode will be available online for free the day after it airs. And, of course, there are the live feeds, available with Real’s SuperPass, which has a 14 day free trial and otherwise costs $14.99 per month.

But this year, for the first time, you won’t have to sit in front of your computer to monitor the hamsters’ every move. Subscribers to the “Big Brother Mobile Pack” will receive “video clips, photos, live breaking house alerts and daily insider summaries on their cell phones.” Thus, there is no longer any excuse for not knowing what’s going on inside the house 24 hours a day, seven days a week–unless, of course, you actually want to have a life for the next three months.

CBS’s “Big Brother: All-Stars” — On-Air, Online And On Your Cell Phone [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.

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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.