Ten Ways to Fix ‘Big Brother’
Our interest in "BB" is hanging by a thread (Sonja Flemming/CBS)
We're guessing that the lack of any real network competition (mostly reruns air opposite it) helps explain this success, and maybe reality junkies need something to watch now that "So You Think You Can Dance" is over. What's most vexing, however, is that this increase in popularity is likely to give the producers even less incentive to change the show for next year -- and believe us, it needs improvement.
Here are the things we'd like to see fixed:
10. Find Players
Could they find more competitive people who actually have the skills to back things up? Adam's a big old fanboy, but he's not what you'd call athletic, and some of the other houseguests don't seem like they even want to be there (Porsche, we're looking at you). We don't love the returning players a whole lot, but at least they're making an effort to do more than just look attractive on a reality show.
This show doesn't exactly break out of the mold very much when it comes to age, race, or sexual orientation. Each season tries to fill some unspoken quotas, but they could do a lot more than just cast young pretty people.
8. Add Celebrities
Hey, it works for the U.K. edition, and we've got a whole host of desperate celebrities we'd like to see live in the house, "Surreal Life" style.
7. Audience Interaction
Do we really care what the have-nots eat for a week? No. And only one chance for viewers to actually affect that game during the course of a summer is lame. Can't we pick someone to get a veto pass or a get-off-the-block card every once and a while? We don't need another America's Player necessarily, but it would be nice to feel included.
6. No Repeat Players
Actually, that should be no repeat players unless it is an entire all-star season. Having the veterans pitted against new people is like shooting a fish in the barrel. And if they are going to bring people back (since that seems to be the CBS reality show gimmick these days), at least bring players that don't make us want to punch our television sets.
5. Slop-Free Summer
The whole have/have-not aspect of the show is getting old because no one really seems to care all that much. They gripe for a few days and then they are over it. So the competitions to see who gets stuck on slop are essentially irrelevant after week one.
4. More Forced Activities
If you've never watched the live feeds, let's just say they're about as exciting as watching paint dry. For 80 percent of the time, the houseguests are either sleeping or just lounging around on various couches talking about nothing. We've seen cats that are more active. We'd like to see "Big Brother" find new ways to either torture or reward them more frequently so that we'd feel like we were getting our money's worth. And could there be some sort of incentive for attractive people to hook up? Because some of that makes the U.K. version more fun.