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Day 7 - Wednesday 6/24

We're off!

The first premiere finally arrived, and eight of them were greeted by Julie and then each other as they did their self-intros with the traditional champagne toast.. Da'Vonne was the first to enter the habitat, meaning she won't win the season if that record/curse holds as it has for 16 USA and 3 Canada seasons.. she entered with Shelli, Clay, Austin, and they were followed by Audrey, Meg, Jace, James

Audrey outted herself as transgender right off the bat - to overall positive reactions - but several of the others started with the lies (yes, already).. Clay withheld his football playing, Austin told them of his many injuries but didn't tell them all are fully healed, and Da'Vonne told them she's a second grade teacher rather than a poker dealer.. Shelli and Clay are already hot for each other, especially Shelli for Clay, despite their 10-year age gap.. also Shelli told them she has a twin brother - more on that in a bit

Audrey suggested to the girls that they form an alliance but she was careful not to use the word - Da'Vonne voiced it, and it was done - for now.. then Julie announced some twistage: the dreaded dual HOH and Battle of the Block are back, and also there will be an additional "twist every week", and then they were off to comp.. Julie told them one had to sit out (why?) but they agreed on Da'Vonne after she'd volunteered

The first HOH comp was an ET cross-promo event with a movie premiere theme, hosted by Kevin Frazier, and it was a gloriously messy affair of Red Wedding proportions.. it was the same setup as the BB15 revival baseball comp: standing on little moving platforms while tomatoes were hurled at them.. the winner would be the first one to collect ten in his or her little chute

Clay, Austin, and Meg came off early, and then a wondrous thing happened: all four remainders plopped off into tomato goo at the exact same time! Julie said they'd have to "check instant replay" for the winner and cut to commercial.. the winner turned out to be James, and that was lucky to avoid early controversy since he'd been ahead in the save 'n stack count

Then Julie told us (not them) that along with the rest of the hamsters coming along on tomorrow's show, as well as the first special guest twist delivery, that this season will have switching twins à la Big Brother 5's Adria & Natalie! Only the best twist ever! She didn't tell us who it'll be and like BB5, there are a few twins in our cast, but most money's on Liz and her twin Julia.. we'll find out soon enough

Remember to click "previous Hamsterwatch episode" up top to see what's come before, and the "Feeds Updates" tab up there will get you exactly that, including a very detailed recap of tonight's premiere along with many screencaps thanks to super hard working @UGotBronx.. my left and right sidebars will be continuously updated as we go, and the main section here will be as erratic as ever

NOW IS THE TIME TO GET YOUR FEEDS - they will kick on Thursday night 9pm Pacific/midnight Eastern and will be accessible via computer and mobile device browser at that same link - they are not in the CBS app.. no promo code is needed, and there is no season pass: it's $5.99 per month recurring billing, and includes archived air shows of BB and most CBS shows, as well as live CBS viewing in some regions.. After Dark also starts Thursday night (Friday morning) on Pop (formerly TVGN) in USA and Slice in Canada

As always, thank you for visiting the site and/or following me on Twitter, and for continuing to encourage my behavior - here's to a great season! <champagne clink>


Premiere Day

The day has finally arrived for Julie to say those four little words she says so well, and the wait will be over - almost over, that is: the feeds begin after Thursday's second premiere ends in the west, which means they'll kick on at 9pm Pacific/midnight Eastern

NOW IS THE TIME TO GET YOUR FEEDS - you've procrastinated long enough, and the hamsters have already been in there a full week without us.. we'll have a lot of catching up to do.. no promo code is needed, and there is no early bird discount or season pass - it's $5.99 per month recurring billing, and includes archived air shows of BB and most CBS shows, as well as live CBS viewing in some regions

While we wait, I'm pleased to announce that I was asked by the wonderful Andy Dehnart to do a Reality Blurred guest post about the whole feedster experience - please to enjoy


Day 5 - Monday 6/22


Still not much new news, except that CBS released an EPK (see Links of the Day below) that was the usual quick clips and sound bites of the new cast, except that it ended by showing a notice board with stickynotes the hamsters are scribbling away at during the video, and there are 16 of them

I've labeled the notes on the board from what's visible on the notes themselves and in the video - click for full size.. only Audrey's is unidentifiable from our 14, and that leaves one left over which I figure belongs to Jeff Weldon's

Rumors of Amazing Race addition(s) to our cast have been circulating for a couple weeks, and Jeff's was the name most mentioned (that I heard, anyway).. he's still AWOL from social media, and it turns out his showmance and slurpydurper from TAR 26, Jackie Ibarra, has an identical signature as a Jackie who signed one of our stickynotes, little heart and all

While this is by no means an official confirmation, I'm calling it 99% that Jeff & Jackie will be joining our cast.. incidentally, Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan are also seen giving promo blurbs in the EPK, and they mention "a casting twist" as one of the possibilities we'll see over the summer

Meanwhile, some cable guides are now showing different wording for Thursday's premiere #2, eliminating the premature eviction language, but it's still showing on my Uverse guide as of now anyway - maybe they're just slower to update.. no telling if we'll have a Jodi or Risha situation now or not

Finally, since we know the finale will be September 23, if you've been holding off on getting your feeds in order to limit the cost to three months' worth, now is the time to sign up.. thanks so much to everyone who has already gotten them here! I couldn't do it without you


Day 3 - Saturday 6/20

Don't sleep

So Julie says in an After Dark promo, and she's looking like she hasn't.. on the contrary, now is the time to stockpile as much R&R and shut-eye as possible because we only have a few days before it all begins, and then sleep is in short supply until September

While a twist a week seems beyond excessive, we'll just have to wait and see what form(s) this will take.. the recently wound-up third Big Brother Canada season was riddled with twists, which turned the whole thing into a game of luck much of the time, but we might get a lot of fluff too.. as far as who will deliver the twists, a few high profile formers remain AWOL, and I'm expecting a much earlier than usual visit from Zingbot as well as a lot of cross-promo opps, particularly James Patterson's Zoo

I have to say I'm cautiously optimistic about this cast, and while that makes me want to slap myself, I'm withholding most judgment until the feeds start and we see them in action without their happy perky interview faces and Diary voices

Meanwhile, sign up for All Access so you're ready! No promo code is needed and it's easy to set up, but don't leave it til the last minute and have to miss the first night's feeds on Thursday - they'll have already been in there a full week and crucial relationships, alliances, pinkyswears, and hair disasters will already be well underway

REAL-TIME FEEDS UPDATES I'm pleased to announce @UGotBronx will be providing feeds updates for the third season here.. you can find them at the "Feeds Updates" tab atop every page.. you can also sign up for the feeds in the updates area to help support her tireless efforts, and/or donate to her via Paypal to UGotBronx(at)gmail(dot)com

Remember to check the left and right sidebars here for news and info all season long, and/or my Twitter, and remember to click "previous Hamsterwatch episode" at the top of each page here to catch up what came before.. most importantly, get everything done that needs doing now! Time is running out




The Hollywood Reporter: So, there are only 14 players?
Allison Grodner: Well, we'll reveal that later
Rich Meehan: That's a separate twist

Audrey: I am a girly-girl to the extreme

Da'Vonne: We'll talk names later [about potential noms] because I suck at names

Meg: Superfans scare me


Allison Grodner, re wine/beer: We tell them from the get-go, asking for more alcohol usually gets you less

Shelli: I'm 33
Jeff: You are?! You look terrific!

Jeff to Jace: So you're the surfer guy



Get the feeds Jeff interviews are now available - use this same link to watch feeds when they begin

Bikini shots finally showed up

Confessions of a BB feed watcher by me! for Reality Blurred

CBS electronic press kit shows 16 cast notes, see labeled screencap - pre-season rumors about TAR's Jeff Weldon and Jackie Ibarra are all but confirmed now

BB17 Saga promo by @WilHeuser

Stages of Big Brother by Nepotism TV, featuring Adam Poch

Julie's house tour

Extended cast interviews including Audrey, with Big Brother Network

Audio interviews with Heather & Dana of KFROG Radio


Ratings - Crescent Fresh 14 edition

Ratings are based on potential entertainment value, as I see it now - be sure to check the BB17 Cast folder in the Updates area for their bios, interviews, and assorted other links which are still being added - it's a process

I'm letting these first impressions ride for now, until all are present and our feeds begin

It was a nice perk for feedsters to get the exclusive on the Jefferviews, and while he gets a lot of flak for various things, I think he's a good fit for the intro gig. His easy style seems to make most of them feel at ease and we can get as genuine a first impression of them as possible, under the circumstances. All that can change once the feeds kick on of course, and I'm ready. I'm not eager to see weekly twists come into play but there's nothing we can do about it. I think we've got a promising cast this time, and I don't often think that at this stage. We'll find out soon enough if the new hamsters can bring the entertainment (and if BB will bring them the booze to help that along) but in the meantime, stock up on your favorite snack foods and beverages, kiss family and friends good-bye, and get your rabies boosters. Our summer crack habit is ready to start anew.

Our first stuntcast of three, she's already been in the news and created much buzz for being a transgender woman. That'll be interesting for sure but also a novelty, and it won't take any time at all for us to move right past that and see what she's like as a hamster and player. She says she's a fan and knows the game, so she might excel. I might like her Dexter Morgan analogy a little too much. I just hope they stick with the no gum chewing rule, because we don't need or want that in our ears all summer.

Another stuntcast, he too will bring an established fanbase with him and The Powers That Be love that, as they should. I don't follow wrestling but I know enough about it to know that he brings a potential for drama because he knows how to stage a fight. However, since he's also done some very real 'anti-bullying' (pardon the phrase) work, he probably won't want to use fake intimidation just to make some game progress. Normally I'm against stuntcasts in principle, but I'm really looking forward to seeing Austin in action, especially after hearing his articulate, savvy, and highly perceptive analysis of a BB15 week. He's definitely a feedster.

She seems nice and pleasant, and that's about all I got. With double college majors in finance and economics, she's probably brainier than the others will think she is, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything in the BB habitat.

Unlike some, I'm really glad we only have one muscled-up jock type this season as opposed to the usual four or five (so far, anyway??) He's got a deer-in-headlights look about him and he's already getting a reputation for being not super bright. But I love that his mom rehabs wild animals - that would add some pretty cool experiences to one's life.

Everyone's sure she'll recognize Vanessa first thing, and she might, but it's also very possible Da'Vonne just puts in her day's work and doesn't follow pro poker.. we'll see. I think she shows a lot of promise for fun feeds, not only because she's watched since BB1, but because she's likely to be a #DeathRace2015 star. More importantly, I'm pretty sure she'll be good-natured about it (if she ever sees it). Hopefully she won't go overboard like Devin did, but #DaVonneHasADaughter (named Kaydence) is like a made-to-order hashtag.

This year's surf boy slot has a Southern twist and could end up being a pleasant and fun guy to watch. Whether he goes out early like Braden and David Girton or sticks around like Hayden Voss remains to be seen. (Hopefully he won't end up showing everything ad nauseum like Girton.)

I really don't know what to expect here. He's already run the "hillbilly Asian" nickname into the ground so let's hope he's got more in his arsenal and isn't just a one trick pony. Like Da'Vonne, James also has a daughter (Baleigh), as well as an inherited adopted son (Landon). I'm concerned about him having worked in corrections if it means hands-on in jail or prison - we don't need no steenkin' peacemakers!

This guy looks he'll be lively and fun. I like his self-deprecating humor and his 'gay glue' strategy for finding his way into a girls' alliance, as unlikely as a girls' alliance on BB sounds. He also sounds like a legit 'superfan' (pardon the word) as he's definitely a feedster. Or feeder, as he put it (so he's probably not a Hamsterwatcher, but I won't hold that against him.)

That's right, double ups at this stage of the game is a first, but this guy's going to be incredible watching. Not only is the #MadDentist loud, extra random, twitchy, and awkward, but he has a whole nother layer of the kind of talent I admire like no other. His acoustic guitar work is as impressive as his thrash metal bass. All those things combine into a unique blend, the likes of which we've never had on BB before. I might even overlook his Diary shouting.

First off, kudos to Jeff for keeping his eyes up, it probably wasn't easy for him. Many are expecting her identical twin to show up with her, but their uncle's premature leak only said his niece Liz Nolan would be on CBS June 24 - not nieces, not Liz and Julia, so I'm skeptical there (even though BB5 switching twins was the best twist ever). I don't know what to expect from Liz on feeds, but she's already in the #Deathrace2015 Hall of Fame for this art piece with her sister.

Wow, she's perky. I'm not usually a fan of perky, but I realize they need some for the air shows, and her perky won't necessarily be full-time on the feeds. I hope. It's encouraging that she didn't opt for 'lose and be loved' over 'win and be hated', but she also wants to play a loyal game and have folks at home be proud of her. So she's a mixed bag, plus she's got a lot of media projects out there such as Fabulous in New York City, subtitled 'The Gay's Guide to Girls' which makes me think she and Jason might form an early and solid duo.

It's pretty sad when someone who's 33 is the designated old person of the cast, but that's how things are anymore. She doesn't really stand out to me as someone who will stand out, which could mean she'll stick for a very long time and we'll get to know her well, perhaps more than she's prepared for. She's very Aaryn-like in appearance, and let's hope that's where the similarities end.

He's another one to watch. His nerdy nice guy persona and self-professed 'superfan' status tend to be good hamster qualities, but like John, he too has incredible musical talent. Check out his one man choir of an ELO cover! Granted, musical talents might not be the best fit for our feeds ('Please stop singing!') but as personality traits go, I've found talented musicians tend to be more interesting people overall. We'll see.

Our third stuntcast, she's a huge name in poker circles as was her now deceased ex-husband. And since she's now with a female, that'll give her an added interest for the editors who are always looking for a salacious angle. She says she's a BB fan as well as being a superstar poker player and she says she has good people-reading skills, so she might do well. I suspect she'll be mostly a flirter and sunbather on feeds, but hopefully she'll bring more to our table. 'Deserves to win' arguments are usually ridiculous, but I'm going to find it hard to root for a millionaire with a mansion over stock boys and waitresses, but I guess it just shows they really went with 'all walks of life' this time.



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Big Brother 17 FAQ
June 18 was Day 1 move-in. June 24 was CBS premiere, Day 7. Finale will be September 23, Day 98

Feeds are streamed by CBS, and accessible via All Access subscription. Call 888-274-5343 for account help, including cancellation.

CBS shows are Sundays 8pm, Wednesdays 8pm, eviction Thursdays 9pm (Global in Canada).

Big Brother After Dark is on POP (formerly TVGN). It begins Thursday, June 25 midnight-3am. After that the regular schedule is Monday, Tuesday 11pm-2am; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday midnight-2am; Thursday 1am-3am.

The CBS app (by CBS Interactive) will play BB air shows and other CBS shows, but not feeds. Use your browser to watch feeds on mobile devices. The same All Access link used to subscribe will lead to the feeds viewing page if you're already signed up.

BB17 prizes are the same: $500k for the winner and $50k for 2nd place. Stipend for the others is $1,000 per week, including pre-show hotel and jury sequester. Recruits and stuntcasts may get more.

The habitat has 80 HD cameras (up four) and over 100 microphones.

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