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Whether you love Devin Shepherd on "Big Brother" or absolutely hate him, surely everyone will agree that the Santa Barbara native makes for good television. But here's the question we want you to ponder now: Is Devin flat-out wacky, or is he merely pretending to be crazy for the cameras? Could he actually be -- gasp! -- an evil genius? (Vote in our poll below.) Let's take a look at the pros and cons of Devin's gameplay, or lack thereof: -Break- Calling 'Big Brother' fans: Win prizes by predicting Season 16 Pro: Creating a side deal with Donny The original eight houseguests to enter the house on Day 1 called themselves the Crazy Eights and agreed to stick together till the very end. But not satisfied with eight so-so partners, Devin decided to pair up with the one person in the house no one would ever suspect him of being in an alliance with: Donny Thompson. »
There’s a reason why Big Brother has held onto its signature “Expect the unexpected” catchphrase for 16 seasons.
After Wednesday’s debut introduced some of the franchise’s most superficial, polarizing contestants to date, it was hard to believe that Thursday’s second batch of contestants could be any less appealing.
But in the spirit of CBS’ reality series, there’s always a twist. And on the second night of Bb‘s two-part premiere, we learned that some of these new contenders could, in fact, be worse than the group we met just 24 hours prior.
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Big Brother is back, and hopefully better than last year. After a controversial season 15 filled with racism, homophobia, and other such unpleasantness, the CBS reality show has returned with a brand new treehouse-themed house and a few major twists. In Part 1 of the two-part season 16 premiere, we met 8 of this year's 16 contestants, while the other 8 will be introduced tomorrow night in part 2. Of course, tonight's contestants have already formed an alliance, given themselves a name (Crazy Eights), then divided up into smaller alliances with names like "El Quatro," so it will be very interesting to see how it goes when the second half of the cast is added to the fold. Tonight's 8 »
Meet The Contestants
Paola ‘Pow Pow’ Shea is a 27-year-old DJ, who has posed for Maxim and is an avid gamer. She’s looking to use her womanly wiles to manipulate the men of the house, “even the ugly ones!”
Donny Thompson, 42, is a school groundskeeper and definitely one of the most visually recognizable housemates this season. His big beard looks straight out of Duck Dynasty, and his claim to fame is that he was the janitor at Kellie Pickler’s high school.
Cody Calafiore, 23, a sales account executive, is a former professional soccer player. For his introduction package, he parades around shirtless on the soccer field – yes, ladies and gentlemen, he is single. According to his online bio, he’s also a member of »
Big Brother, you’re such a tease.
Rather than kick off the summer staple’s 16th season with an introduction of all 16 houseguests, CBS instead chose to divide the premiere into two nights, dedicating each hour to eight contestants at a time.
But by the end of the hour, it seems that only meeting half of this summer’s characters was for the best, as the first batch may have been one of the loudest and wackiest in Bb history. (Not to be confused with the most bigoted and discriminatory group, a title that last year’s cast continues to hold. »
Here's new contributor Diana Drumm to talk about a man who will surely win pride of place in Oscar's In Memoriam a week from Sunday.
Crazy eights, ice-skating tricks, the infinity symbol standing upright, 8 is a fun number... unless you’re the late legendary actor Peter O’Toole. Yes, the man who won the hearts (but not the majority) of Academy voters in his film debut as the titular Lawrence of Arabia, held his own in a televised Shakespeare discussion with Orson Welles, and bounded on and offscreen to various degrees of liquid courage would falter slightly, nay merely pause, at the mention of eight and Oscar in the same sentence.
Your instructions: Read the following paragraph aloud or in your head with all of the O’Toole-ian gravitas you can muster, in the style of the opening of his “My Life” speech from The Lion in Winter (1968), which garnered »
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