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Zingbot, Kathy Griffin try to shake up this Big Brother cast

Ziiiinng! How I loved hearing those words again. Big Brother‘s twist on the Zingbot, which was broken and only capable of issuing “props,” was clever, as was its integration with yet another strong challenge.  The houseguests game play, however, was the opposite of creative, and continues along the path of making the game play increasingly uninteresting. …

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Social media erupts over Big Brother’s “RenomRule”

Overnight, #RenomRule was trending worldwide on Twitter, and that’s thanks to reaction to events in the Big Brother 16 house. It was an eventful evening, in part because the Team America thievery task actually paid off, creating paranoia, comedy, and even an excuse to nominate someone. (Because these events unfolded after the veto competition, this story discusses what will be …

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Three moments from last night’s episode that sum up Big Brother 16

Big Brother took the path of least resistance during its most recent live show: eliminating Nicole in a 6-0 vote and returning power to the alliance after a relatively suspense-less HOH challenge that was mostly a competition between alliance members. Despite severe missteps–that final interview that I didn’t even watch because no, the Thursday Night …

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Frankie’s fame hits the fan

Frankie Grande never said, Don’t you know who I am? to his fellow Big Brother 16 players, but he might as well have, because his announcement/confession landed about as well as Bravo reality star demanding special treatment at a Denny’s. “I’ve been lying to you the entire game,” Frankie said to Zach, Caleb, Cody, and Derrick, over-enunciating every syllable so his …

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Finally, Big Brother 16 erupts into awesomeness

Big Brother proved why it’s a strategic competition worth watching last night. While the events of Thursday’s Big Brother were not that dramatic, the aftermath was precisely the opposite–and exactly what this season needed. In the past, I’ve explained why I’ve stuck with the show, and this episode illustrated what the show can be at its best. The preceding, often tedious six …

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