A new way to stalk the Big Brother hamsters

The Big Brother 16 cast members were given product placement yesterday in the form of fitness trackers, and now you can see just how many steps they’ve taken, miles they’ve traveled, and calories burned. Because it’s good to know that Zach is leading the house in number of steps taken (4,690 yesterday).

A CBS press release, which notes that Fitbit Flex™ Wireless Activity Tracking Wristbands are provided by Fitbit, says we can track “their physical data, including weight, number of steps taken, miles traveled, calories burned and active minutes.”

So far, the activity tracker page–which is not in real-time, alas–only shows steps taken, miles traveled, and calories burned; active minutes shows 0 for everyone, perhaps because something catastrophic happened. Or the technology isn’t working 100 percent yet.

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.