Jamie Kern, who appeared on season one of CBS’ Big Brother, has sold her makeup and skin care company IT Cosmetics to L’Oreal for $1.2 billion.
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My love/hate relationship with Big Brother is well-documented. Compared to Survivor, which blew regular TV out of the water with its stunningly produced first season, the other CBS reality series was a complete disaster its first season, and has always remained the ugly runt of CBS’ flock. But its obsessive fans still love it. The… continue reading
A decade ago tonight at 9 p.m. ET, Big Brother debuted on CBS, instantly taking network reality TV in a new direction. It was a Wednesday evening, and Survivor served as its lead-in. Everything that series introduced–cinematic production values, rich characters, an engaging host–Big Brother ignored, setting its game in a series of trailers (really)… continue reading
In reality TV history, American Idol co-host Brian Dunkleman is perhaps the most in/famous forgotten host; his co-host Ryan Seacrest is hosting the Emmys tonight, and who knows where Dunkleman is, besides being mocked. While Big Brother host Julie Chen gets her own share of criticism and mocking, she wasn’t always alone. Ian O’Malley has appeared… continue reading
On July 4, 2000, in celebration of our nation’s birthday, 12 people entered a trailer in the parking lot of CBS Studio City. Yes, the cast of Big Brother 1 started their sentences five years ago today. After we, the audience, voted out the most interesting people, the remaining cast members proceeded to put us… continue reading
Will Mega loses City Council race. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Big Brother‘s Will Mega received 2,913 votes–not enough to land him one of the seven at-large seats on the Philadelphia city council. An education party candidate, he ran on a platform of “jobs, safe schools, and affordable car insurance,” among other issues.
celebrity Big Brother, Survivor now both unlikely after CBS fails to get stars. A celebrity edition of Big Brother was possibly going to air last month, with plans for a celebrity Survivor in the works; CBS president Les Moonves said Ray Romano and others “[had] expressed interest” in the latter. Both shows probably won’t happen… continue reading
Howard Stern says he was offered $3,000 to visit previous Big Brothers. Saying he’d participate in a celebrity edition of Big Brother only if it was just him and Kathy Lee Gifford in the house for a month with no food (which was, presumably, Howard screwing around), Howard Stern said that CBS twice offered him… continue reading
CBS settles Big Brother name suit. The lawsuit alleging that CBS’ Big Brother infringed upon George Orwell’s book “1984” was settled late last week. Details were confidential.
“The return of the hamsters!” Six of Big Brother‘s house guests appeared at a reunion, and writer Jeff Whitty was there. With a well-earned amount of skepticism and sarcasm, he chronicles the evening in Salon.com. Among the highlights: Mega gave George the nickname “Chicken George” “to humiliate a white man on national television” by giving… continue reading
six Big Brother cast members “extend their grasp of fame.” The LA Times’ Brian Lowry reports on a reunion of six Big Brother cast members in New York. About the only interesting thing that happened was Cassandra saying, “I felt the show was sinking to a level that was frankly beneath all of us …… continue reading
Britt starting her own e-commerce business. Yeah, good thinking, Britt; that’ll certainly be a huge success.
Endemol chief: bad casting is to blame for Big Brother. John de Mol, creator of Endemol Entertainment, says Big Brother‘s problems in the U.S. (international versions have apparently not sucked like last summer’s CBS version) are because of a crappy cast–which he blames on CBS–and the fact that the show was changed enough to cater… continue reading
the casting sucked, and more Big Brother bashing–and some praise! TV Guide’s report about CBS chief Les Moonves’ Big Brother comments include some praise for the show. He said the last ep beat the Olympics in ratings, and overall, the show “improved our summer ratings and our summer demographics.” But he also concedes that it… continue reading
want to get into Big Brother Josh’s shorts? now you can.Josh’s “Aunt Suzey” is auctioning off the orange shorts he wore “all most everyday” during his three-month stay in the Big Brother house. With four days remaining, the highest bid right now (at 9 a.m. EST) is $305, and the reserve (the minimum selling price)… continue reading
Big Brother lawsuit will continue. A judge recently denied motions to dismiss a lawsuit brought last fall by a Chicago lawyer who owns the rights to George Orwell’s Big Brother. He sued the TV show Big Brother for copyright infringement and more.
Big Brother critics’ choice for second-worst special. Yet another dis for Big Brother, as the critics from 54 daily papers voted it number two on the list of worst TV miniseries, movies, and specials.
Big Brother beats Survivor! The Lycos 50’s top searches for 2000 revealed that Big Brother actually beat Survivor. The show that Rich won landed at number 46 on the list, easily beat by Julie Chen’s on-screen career crash at number 21.
Britt gets Chiquita for a few days, and other things we don’t care about. Big Brother‘s Britt babbles on and on and on about what she’s up to. Read at your own risk.
Entertainment Weekly: Survivor cast is second best entertainer; Big Brother is third worst TV show.Entertainment Weekly’s year-end “Best Of 2000” double issue is full of reality TV mentions, especially for the CBS shows that set the standard and failed the test respectively. Citing Big Brother‘s “infuriatingly obsequious” cast and the fact that “no one cared… continue reading