Big Brother casting advice surprisingly does not include “don’t be a stupid bigot”

Big Brother 16 is accepting applications, and its casting director, Robyn Kass, recently produced a video in which she and several former cast members give advice by illustrating bad audition video submissions.

Open calls videos are being accepted online as part of an application that asks for “highest degree of education,” for which one of the options is “grade school.” Kass has said on Twitter that dates for most open calls will come mid-March, though one is being held this month.

In the video, Kass does a really good job of highlighting the crap that casting directors and their staffs have to sort through, such as submissions from those who apply to every single show because they’re just desperate to be on television to those, never mind those who riddle their applications with cliches but think they’re original and/or special. It even mocks fan suggestions of twists (U.S. vs. Canada, for instance). (After last summer’s cesspool of bigotry, there is no mention of using prejudiced language or illustrating what a moron you are.)

The cast members she enlisted to help out aren’t great actors, but are often funny in their illustration of worst practices. Trauma warning: The video does feature Rachel, Jessie, and others who you might not be prepared to see during the winter months when you’re not suffering from the heat stroke that allows you to spend 2.5 months watching Big Brother.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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