Last night was the first episode of CBS's reality show, Big Brother. If you missed it and would like to see it, you can go to www.cbs.com and watch the entire episode.
I don't watch very much television, but Big Brother and its outdoor equivalent, Survivor, are both "can't miss" series for me.
My biggest criticism of the show last year was the lack of diversity among the contestants. If I remember correctly, the oldest player was 42. There was another common factor: none of the contestants were in any danger of being invited to join MENSA, to put it nicely.
This year there is a bit more diversity among the contestants.
Jerry is 75 years old, the oldest person to ever play Big Brother. He claims to have watched every episode of every season of the show, plus he watches the pay-to-view 24/7 computer feed and the Showtime After Dark shows. With that much knowledge of the show and how things play out, how can he think anyone will take him to the final two with them?
One of the other more diverse contestants is Renny, a 53 year-old beauty salon owner from New Orleans. Her constant yammering is already getting on everyone's last nerve. Strangely enough, I don't think she ever wears her real hair. She always has on a turban or a semi-turban with a wiglet hanging out the back, in various colors. She likes to wear leopardskin, and though her bosom is definitely going south, she favors plunging necklines. This woman is a walking instruction book on how not to age gracefully. I think she'll be one of the first to exit.
Otherwise, the cast is made up of the usual suspects. There's the Token Gay Guy. This one has a twist, he's also a star of gay rodeo. Ride 'em, cowboy! There are the Token African-Americans; one man, one woman, just like usual. There's an array of eye candy for both sexes. We have a Hooters waitress and a male body builder, and a few more who are more or less interchangeable.
At this point, I have no clue who'll win this season. The "Bro's" are already making an alliance. They do this nearly every season and the women don't catch on to the "Bro's before Ho's" thing until they realize 4 or 5 women in a row have been voted out.
I don't think I'll subscribe to the live 24/7 feeds this season. This show really more or less jumped the shark after the Dr. Will Season. Big Brother will never put together a cast that smarmy again, darn it.