'Big Brother' back next summer for 16th season


According to deadline.com CBS has just renewed Big Brother for a 16th season.  Deadline highlighted the show’s great ratings this season as a sign of its staying power.

Big Brother, which recently marked its 500th episode, is averaging 7.29 million viewers and 2.6 ratings in adults 18-49 this summer. Despite impact from the prolonged blackout on Time Warner Cable, the reality veteran is up +11% in viewers and +8% in adults 18-49 vs. last summer.

I have no problem admitting that I am a devoted ‘Big Brother’ fan. There isn’t a better show to watch during the long summer hiatus. In a way it is a reality show about nothing, but aren’t all good reality shows plotless. Big Brother just does away with some false pretense that contestants are at camp or trying to be a superhero. The only motivator in the Big Brother house is money. There isn’t a Survivor like urge to push your body to its limits. CBS’ summer staple just asks for people in their house to trade in pride for our watching enjoyment.

Speaking of Big Brother, the show’s host Julie Chen has admitted to getting extensive plastic surgery.

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Who knew people in the media went under the knife to further their career? Next thing you are going to tell me MLB players would dare take performance enhancing drugs. See that All-American face next summer Julie as you hold court over the next 16 people desperate enough for fame to wear a chicken suit on TV.

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