The best cure for the often underwhelming slate of summer TV shows is CBS’ Big Brother. The Big Brother format is simple. 16 strangers move into a house, which is actually more like a giant set on the CBS lot, and compete in pride swallowing challenges all for our pleasure. There’s a cash prize of $500,000 for the winner, and zero for everyone else. Big Brother is the show that dresses up contestant in shame inducing costumes, and thinks up challenges that involve houseguests holding onto greased up poles.
The reason I recommend Big Brother to anyone looking for summer programming is the flexibility of the show. Big Brother airs three times a week, that feels like a lot for a reality show, but it’s the perfect thing for these empty summer weeks. However a viewer could only watch one episode a week of the show, and still have a pretty good idea of what is going on in the house. There’s also the online component to the show. Great blogs like BBDish dissect every moment from the live feed cameras. Often the biggest controversies on the show start off camera.
Tonight is part one of a two part season premiere. The first 8 houseguests move into the house tonight, and tomorrow the second group of 8 enters the house. This season a new twist is being introduced to the show. In the first few weeks there will be 4 houseguests put up for eviction. That means double the paranoia in the house. Paranoia is the driving engine on Big Brother. Check out the CBS promo for tonight’s season 16 premiere below.
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Date: Wednesday, June 25th
Episode Title: Big Brother 16 Season Premiere
Start Time: 8:00 pm ET
Online Stream: CBS.com