"Big Brother" is the reality show critics love to hate. But for passionate fans of the unscripted CBS soap opera, summer would be a bummer without it. That includes TVWeek editors Michele Greppi and Josef Adalian, who’ve decided to chronicle their “Brother”-ly love via regular blog postings. From the first HOH competition to the last "But first…" to fall from the lips of the Chenbot, they’ll be serving up their unfiltered take on life inside TV’s most dysfunctional house of horrors.


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July 2008 Archives

It's Eviction Night in the House

July 31, 2008 11:10 AM

Michele Greppi: "Big Brother 10" has added a great twist on a previous twist, and it couldn't come at a better time.

The concept of "America's Player" is back, but only for a week at a time, with the chosen one secretly doing whatever the majority of voting viewers orders him or her to do—if the Player accepts the challenge and the chance to win a $20,000 for accomplishing the tasks.

So we won't have to spend an entire season listening to twerpy Eric brag about his Player exploits all season, as we did until he was finally evicted in "BB8."

I voted five times for Jessie and five times for Libra last night. "BB" allows, even encourages, voting early and often.

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Putting the 'B-Side' in 'Big Brother'

July 30, 2008 1:33 PM

That wacky B-Side is at it again.

One of the Internet's biggest "Big Brother" fans—besides, of course, your resident "Oh, Brother" correspondents—Mr. Side has a history of putting together incredibly clever tributes to our favorite show.

A couple of years ago, he assembled the classic Julie Chen/"But First" video, which you can still find here.

His latest creation is almost as funny. It's a montage of (senior) moments featuring the crowd-pleasing Renny and the increasingly oblivious Jerry. Mary! St. Joseph! It's very funny.

—Josef Adalian

The Tao of Jessie

July 29, 2008 3:02 PM

Michele Greppi: I’ve decided to lean into the Jessie experience and relish his mental midgetry. It happened as he was talking to Angie on the couch. It’s a little long, but it’s pure Jessie and proof that “BB” doesn’t have writers, because you just can’t make this you-know-what up. I have attempted to punctuate faithfully to his habit of speaking in sentences only a Rube Goldberg grammarian could diagram.

So just take a deep breath as Jessie starts out talking about the angst (my word, certainly not his) of being up for eviction. “When it starts messing with me sleeping, when it starts messing with me eating—because if you think about it, take any animal in life, take, I mean, just a perfect analogy—again, I use a lot of analogies and similes for everything that I talk about, because how else can you really explain anything to somebody that can’t think rationally—not you [Angie], obviously—the point being: If you tail a squirrel and it’s running around and it picks up a nut, it’s not going to sit there and eat it right in front of you unless it feels safe.

“It’s going to run back up into its tree until it feels safe to eat. It’s why everybody couldn’t go to the bathroom the first couple of days [in the house], because they didn’t feel safe. Do you understand? “And when—I was fine. I could eat, I could whatever. Point being, this whole [f-gerund deleted] rigmarole was because of one person, whatever, independent person inside here, and it’s just like I lost weight. I let them get to me that much. And I’m, like, why? Why? Why? Why? Why am I letting them affect my life that much? Who are they?”

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A Confederacy of Dunces

July 29, 2008 2:44 PM

Michele Greppi: Keesha, the head of an increasingly short-tempered household, has nominated Jessie, the vain muscle mass, and Angie, who has been on the short end of the friends stick since Week 1, for eviction. The Power of Eviction competition will be ferocious this week, since hot-headed Jessie and coolly disdainful Angie, the un-babe in the house, are in an alliance with Memphis and Michelle to break the grip of the ruling alliance.

Thus far, the majority has prevented the use of the POE to save someone on the block. Jessie has worked on the last nerves of nearly everyone, including Memphis and Angie, who can’t protect him from his own self-defeating moves. So if he stays true to annoying form, he could be evicted Thursday night (remember, the live eviction show and “Greatest American Dog” change time slots this week), saving Angie for another week.

On the other hand, I’m more than ready for someone to break up the ruling confederacy of dunces that is, if you’ve been watching “Big Brother After Dark,” almost ready to splinter like a toothpick if someone with guts will snap it.

Pastor’s son Ollie and geezer Jerry may have made a deal the other night that doesn’t cover April, Ollie’s lovey-dovey little Lindsay Lohan. That was after April shut Ollie out of the HOH bedroom the other night when she and Libra and Keesha shared a bubble bath.

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Predictions: Who Will Be Left Standing at the End

July 24, 2008 10:57 AM

Cast of Big Brother 10

ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY The initial team of contestants on this season's "Big Brother 10."

Previously on, “Oh, Brother!” Joe asked Michele to predict the final four contestants on this year’s “Big Brother.”

Michele Greppi: I’m not as old as Jerry and won’t be prodded into making any final four predictions at this point of the game, when fissures and cliques are just beginning to solidify.

I think Jerry’s confrontation with Libra was more real and justified than you seem to believe. It also helped to out Libra as the houseguest many don’t want to be in the jury house with.

In conversation on “BBAD” last night in Keesha’s HOH room, it was painfully clear that even her alliance wouldn’t mind seeing her go now—until she knocked on the door and joined the game talk. At that point, the target talk focused on Angie.

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Weeks One and Two: The Greppi-Adalian E-Mail Exchange

July 24, 2008 10:55 AM

Michele Greppi: So, Joe, here’s how it looks from here after the second eviction on “Big Brother 10.” Steven, the funny, sweet, tart, gay rodeo champ from Texas, was sent packing last night. I liked him and am truly sorry to see him go, but it was all done in the ants-nibbling-on-elephants-until-they-bring-the-stronger-beast-down style that I so relish about “Big Brother.” Steven’s parting words before the vote didn’t help his cause. “Suck it, bitches,” he said on live TV.

This is not Ayn Rand country.

It’s been a busy two weeks. The first head of household, Jerry, the 75-year-old retired Marine and the oldest “BB” houseguest ever, capitulated to the herd of ants who turned on Brian the first week after he let his Machiavellian slips show.

Left in the house now is Keesha, the blond Hooters waitress who seems mostly sweetness but has bite and won head of household last night, which means she will have to nominate the next candidates for eviction.

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