More than 2.4 million Big Brother 7 votes were cast in the first 18 hours

CBS’ decision to allow viewers to vote in six of the 12 Big Brother 7 candidates is a popular one, and has succeeded in driving a lot of traffic to the network’s web site.

Since voting began last night after the show, and “within only 18 hours of the polls opening, America cast over 2.4 million votes,” according to a CBS press release. That may pale next to one note of American Idol voting, but remember, we’re talking about the ugly, ignored urchin stepchild of reality TV.

Voting continues until next Wednesday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The press release also notes that this is “the first time in the series’ history worldwide” that viewers have been given such awesome power. Thus, the guys at TVgasm and I urge you to vote for Danielle, Ivette, James, Janelle, Jase, and Will.

America Votes for their Favorite “Big Brother: All-Star” [CBS press release]

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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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.