Big Brother Housecalls cancelled

When Big Brother 11 debuts next month, it won’t be accompanited by the online webcast Housecalls, which has been cancelled because it didn’t have a sponsor.

The series debuted during season five and offered live call-ins and commentary on the show, and gave former Big Brother something to do with their now-empty, camera-less lives by serving as Gretchen’s co-host, either for the season or as a guest host. But Gretchen told fans in a widely distributed MySpace posting that said, “Just wanted everyone to know, there’s no more House Calls! They couldn’t find a sponsor and have decided not to go forward with it during this season of Big Brother. Sorry to all our fans – I’ll miss you!”

That was confirmed by Dick Donato, who co-hosted last season. He wrote on MySpace, “I got the call that Housecalls is done, CBS couldn’t find a sponsor to support the show. They told me that last season, and to be completely honest….I thought they were full of shit. But, I guess they weren’t.” He goes on to claim that when he guest hosted, the online show had “OVER ONE THIRD OF THE TV AUDIENCE going online and watching me make all the producers sweat for their jobs every shift.”

Right. Anyway, Dick will help to fill the gaping void left by Housecalls’ cancellation. Because they have nothing better to do with their post-Big Brother lives than stick around to discuss future hamsters’ lives, Dick and Janelle will be producing “a weekly webcast … to fill the void left by the Cancellation of Housecalls,” Dick told BBDish.

At least U.S. Big Brother fans will still have the live feeds to obsess over for three months; those were cancelled in the UK because not enough people were watching. Host Davina McCall Twittered, according to Unreality TV, “Live feed gone coz people not watching.”

Not watching other people live their lives 24/7? What could possibly be more important than that?

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