Big Brother 26
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This site is about the Big Brother 26 feeds and contains spoilers! It isn't necessarily thorough: it's what I catch and/or what interests me. It's about watching hamsters: who's doing what and why. Thanks for encouraging my behavior.
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Big Brother 26 SEASON FAQ
-Day 1 July 16: Move-in
-Day 2 July 17: Premiere
-Day 90 October 13: Finale

Feeds are streamed by Paramount Plus, with Flashback included, with a Paramount Plus subscription. Call 888-274-5343 for account help, including cancellation.

BB26 finalist prizes are likely the same: $750k for the winner, $75k for 2nd place, and probably still $10k for 3rd, $7.5k for 4th, $5k for 5th.
Stipend is probably still $1k per week for all except finalists, including pre-season sequester. Stuntcasts may get more.

The habitat has 94 HD cameras (no change) and 113 microphones (no change).

The recorded in-house announcements are the voice of producer Don Wollman. He and Julie Chen are the only senior staffers who have been there since Big Brother 1.


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Power Status

Current HOH, veto winner, twists in play will be posted here

Alliance charts by @89razorskate20

Alliance maps by @Dolffica

Diary segment tallies by @clamperls4

TV episode ratings by @bigbrotherwikia

Upcoming Events

Big Brother 26 premieres Wednesday, July 17 at 9pm ET/local with "all-new Houseguests"
-Premiere and move-in will not be live
-Feeds will start after the Thursday, July 18 show ends in the west, so 10pm PT/1am ET

Big Brother Canada announced on June 27, 2024 that the franchise has come to an end

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Usual feeds schedule - times are Pacific
-Mondays noonish: Veto meeting*
-Thursdays: Eviction run-thru afternoon*, live eviction show 6pm*, HOH room late evening
-Fridays: Nominations late afternoon/early evening*
-Saturdays morning: Veto player draw*
-Saturdays afternoon/evening: Veto comp*
*Feeds blocked - adoptable anipals on feeds

Daily Feeds Recaps

Recaps of key events and kooky moments from the feeds will be posted here.

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Pre-season - Saturday - July 13, 2024

There's been very little hard info ahead of the premiere this season, so far anyway. All we know is the theme is artificial intelligence, and there will be 16 new faces. The two-night premiere shows will be split with introduction of eight on each show. However, I've been told they'll all actually move in the day before the first premiere, on Tuesday, July 16. That would be Day 1, and the finale was announced for October 13, so it'll be a 90-day season. We also got a hint from Sharon Tharp that there will be a 17th houseguest. Most, including me, believe that will be some sort of AI entity. Julie mentioned she is "kinda part of the twist" so maybe Chenbot will show up.

A minor item (that's also huge in its way) is they did not replace the chess set from last year. Well, maybe it's a new one but it's the same style with a light-up LED board and blue and pink/orange LED pieces. It looks very cool, especially at night, but it's odd since a new chess set every season is one of the staple traditions of our little show.

As always as we go, IF YOU MISSED what came before, check my previous episode, always linked up top or from my season index, and get the feeds to get the real story! And/or to watch prior BB USA seasons, plus a ton of other shows and movies as well.

Pre-season - Monday - July 15, 2024

We have a cast! Their basic stats are below in my Ratings section, and I'll probably add more tidbits if/when I find them.

The bad news is they've discontinued Flashback, which we've had since season 10 or 11. Reasons might include saving bandwidth/storage costs, or preventing problematic conversations from escaping our insulated BB world and becoming mainstream news. However, it opens the possibility of people making things up and having them believed by all (rather than just gullible extremists) because there will be no way to check accuracy. This decision will likely also result in more clips being posted from feeds, something that's always been illegal but has gone relatively unchecked since Superpass days. Either way, it's a disaster for people who work, sleep, or step away from the feeds from time to time.

There's also conflicting info as to whether feeds will be available at all on the basic-with-ads Essential P+ plan. I was told they would not, but I've asked for re-clarification on that and will update here when I get that.

GET YOUR FEEDS regardless - we made do without Flashback back in the ancient days and we can do it again - and get them set up so you'll be ready to go. Right now you can get P+ with Showtime (the ad-free plan) for just $5.99/month for the first two months with promo code SUMMER. This offer ends July 17 so get it now before it's gone!

As always as we go, IF YOU MISSED what came before, check my previous episode, always linked up top or from my season index, and get the feeds to get the real story! And/or to watch prior BB USA seasons, plus a ton of other shows and movies as well.

Ratings - First Impressions edition

My factual and/or snarky opinions will usually be based on entertainment value. Individual stats and winnings will also be posted here. For the cast reveal, I'll stick to their official facts and stats. Everyone gets free neutrals for now, until they earn ups or downs.

Noms count: original/renom

Cast drop press release said 'for the first time ever, [the 16 hamsters] have the power to vote in a 17th houseguest' but they've also teased things that indicate a potential AI character, and Julie said she is 'kinda part of the twist.' So we'll just have to wait and see how all that pans out. But the bottom line is we're almost off and running again!

Won: TBA

HOH 0 - Veto 0 - Noms 0 - HN 0


Angela Murray - 50
Real estate agent
Syracuse, UT (orig Long Beach, CA)

Won: TBA

HOH 0 - Veto 0 - Noms 0 - HN 0


Brooklyn Rivera - 34
Business administrator
Dallas, TX (orig Covington, GA)

Won: TBA

HOH 0 - Veto 0 - Noms 0 - HN 0


Cam Sullivan-Brown - 25
Physical therapist
Bowie, MD

Won: TBA

HOH 0 - Veto 0 - Noms 0 - HN 0


Cedric Hodges - 21
Former Marine
Boise, ID (orig Running Springs, CA)

Won: TBA

HOH 0 - Veto 0 - Noms 0 - HN 0


Chelsie Baham - 27
Nonprofit director
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Won: TBA

HOH 0 - Veto 0 - Noms 0 - HN 0


Joseph Rodriguez - 30
Video store clerk
Tampa, FL

Won: TBA

HOH 0 - Veto 0 - Noms 0 - HN 0


Kenney Kelley - 52
Former undercover cop
Boston, MA

Won: TBA

HOH 0 - Veto 0 - Noms 0 - HN 0


Kimo Apaka - 35
Mattress sales rep
Hilo, HI

Won: TBA

HOH 0 - Veto 0 - Noms 0 - HN 0


Leah Peters - 26
VIP cocktail server
Miami, FL (orig Pittsburgh, PA)

Won: TBA

HOH 0 - Veto 0 - Noms 0 - HN 0


Lisa Weintraub - 33
Celebrity chef
Los Angeles, CA

Won: TBA

HOH 0 - Veto 0 - Noms 0 - HN 0


Makensy Manbeck - 22
Construction project manager
Houston, TX

Won: TBA

HOH 0 - Veto 0 - Noms 0 - HN 0


Matt Hardeman - 25
Tech sales rep
Roswell, GA (orig Loganvilla, GA)

Won: TBA

HOH 0 - Veto 0 - Noms 0 - HN 0


Quinn Martin - 25
Nurse recruiter
Omaha, NE (orig Lawton, OK)

Won: TBA

HOH 0 - Veto 0 - Noms 0 - HN 0


Rubina Bernabe - 35
Event bartender
Los Angeles, CA

Won: TBA

HOH 0 - Veto 0 - Noms 0 - HN 0


T'kor Clottey - 23
Crochet business owner
Atlanta, GA (orig Chicago, IL/London, UK)

Won: TBA

HOH 0 - Veto 0 - Noms 0 - HN 0


Tucker Des Lauriers - 30
Marketing and sales exec
Brooklyn, NY (orig Boston, MA)

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Tally Items

Extracurricular Tally

Scandals outside our BB world: 1
-The end of Flashback

House meetings, fights, booze deliveries, sex events, fires, injuries, and assorted other items of interest will be posted here


Production Goofs

 1 Price tag left on a decor mushroom in house pics
 2 The show's Youtube still has $500k prize
 3 P+ page said season is 'now streaming' before it started
 4 Cast press release link to photos wasn't a link
 5 Different spellings for Kenney/Kenny
 6 Different spellings for Tucker's last name
 7 Eliminated Flashback - big mistake, HUGE
 8 Conflicting info about Essential plan
 9 Tickets site had a Week 2 Wednesday live show
10 Press release + other sources mistakenly said Essential plan wouldn't have feeds

Season Stats

HOHs in order: TBA

Veto winners in order: TBA

Evictions in order: TBA

Cast Twitters: TBA

Cast Instagrams: TBA

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