"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.


Oh Brother!

Dan, You're So Not the Man

August 20, 2008 7:58 AM

Josef Adalian: So Dan, who claims he's been throwing competitions, finally won some power this week. And what did he do with it? Not surprisingly, the little man with a big mouth did a lot of huffing and puffing that in the end amounted to nothing. Worse, he teased both April and Jerry and gave Renny reason to doubt him. Way to go, Coach!

 Dan from 'Big Brother'

Fact is, there was no good reason for Dan to use the POV this week. All this talk about trying to put Ollie up was nonsense. His alliance wants April to go. They control the vote. Messing with Renny's nominations would've been stupid.  

April now seems all but certain to leave the house Thursday, barring some sort of meltdown by Jerry that forces the houseguests to change course. It also promises to shake up the house's existing alliances. 

As Greppi has pointed out before, Renny and Michelle have been getting close in recent weeks. Renny is also deeply suspicious of Keesha's relationship with Memphis, while Dan seems to be doing everything in his power to annoy Renny (though it doesn't take much to irritate the New Orleans party girl). With April out of the picture, what's to stop Renny from forming an alliance with Michelle, Ollie and Jerry -- squeezing out alpha male wannabes Memphis and Dan? If Memphis or Dan don't win HOH this week, it's not hard to imagine alliances shifting very quickly.

Let's hope for some sort of shakeup soon. With Jessie and Libra out of the house, things have been getting awfully quiet in the "Big Brother" house. This has been one of the best seasons in recent memory, but the show could go out like a lamb if somebody doesn't stab someone in the back -- and soon.

Over to you, Miz Yin. Here's hoping Thursday produces some April showers.

Michele Greppi: You’re keeerrrrect, Mr. Yang. There was absolutely no reason for Dan to use the POV. That would have thrown imponderables into an equation guaranteed to accomplish what everyone but Aprollie wants: The destruction of a super-glued coosome twosome.

If April makes good her televised vow to go out like a bitch, it will be interesting.
Ditto tonight’s appearance on “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.

I didn’t make it through all of “Big Brother After Dark” –- I really am feeling my age -– but even when there are no screaming matches, there’s still plenty to take in:

Watching Jerry intrude on Aprollie’s planning for life together in Arizona après “BB10.”

Watching the non-Aprollie faction play hide-and-seek and run through the backyard without a nod to the love-birds love-birding in the hot tub and the pool.

Watching Michelle cuddling Renny like an immediate relative in the dining room.
Watching for signs Keesha -– or anybody else -- is finally going to demand to know WTF’s up with that.

Watching for signs that any of the younger guys really can man up when necessary Thursday to seize the HOH. Dan still has to be careful, because no one really trusts him. Memphis is cunning, but now he’s got to prove he’s smart. Ollie has shown nothing of his own game, and I think we’re about to find out for sure that he has none.

I think, because everybody likes him, Ollie will become the new Jerry, a usable floater without Jerry’s uncanny ability to annoy. That means Jerry’s likely to be on the block for real next week. (Pause for a moment to relish the image of Jerry joining April and Libra in the sequester house. Lights, action and camera, puhleeeeze! And keep the local SWAT team on speed dial.)

But no one will let Ollie to get to the final three because that would give him a shot at $500,000 and that would be as good as April winning –- and we know none of the houseguests could stomach that.

Frankly, my dear Joe, I think it’s more likely Michelle has more of the equipment it takes when the chips are down. And this is the week when any chips that are played will produce ripple effects that last through the rest of the season.

Yep, I think Michelle’s the man.


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I think the Americas Player thing has gone to his head. He's trying too hard to play to the audience, and it's becoming annoying. I still prefer him and Renny over the others though...

On Housecalls, Robyn from casting said he auditioned 4 times.

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