Saturday, August 23, 2014

How CBS Big Brother Buried the Lead

It must be difficult producing a show that runs in nearly real time.  You may think going in you know what the narrative will be, who will be the stars, what the fans will care about.  For Big Brother 16, Alison Grodner and the rest of the behind-the-scenes players had their story going in - pop star Ariana Grande's brother and YouTube personality Frankie  was going in cognito with his secret identity. Secondary stories were sweet Duck Dynasty-bearded groundskeeper Donny and police sergeant Derrick (going undercover as a recreations coordinator).

Let's admit it.  Casting for a reality TV show is a crap-shoot.  Someone who looks great in their interviews turns into a dud (aka PowPow who was more like meow meow). Some story lines don't pan out (Christine the super fan became Christine the literal hanger-on).  And then there's 23-year-old recent University of Florida grad Zach Rance, or ZachAttack as he's now known to Big Brother fans.  


Cast as a Dr. Will wannabe, Zach was some background noise at first.  He was given a few seconds to do his "I hate everyone" bit then was moved off screen for the main stories. And then Zach and the star of the show Frankie started Zankie and now the powers-that-be were interested in the will-they-or-won't-they showmance. That became the new lead story.  Zankie was everywhere; even Ariana tweeted about them. Julie Chen asked questions about them. Tribute videos exploded and all eyes were on the two. 

But CBS mistakenly thought all this interest was because of Frankie and missed that a new BB star was born right before their eyes. Zach is watchable.  You can't take your eyes off of him.  Cody may be the cute one, Caleb the body, but Zach is the one who captures your attention. The unpredictable outbursts, the joie de vivre, the catch phrases and poems made Zach the one you cared to see what he'd do next.  His excitability, his spontaneity, and his enthusiasm captured the fans' imaginations.  Every minute he was on the screen was electric.

Only one problem emerged.  Zach and Frankie had a falling out.  Frankie targeted Zach, then Zach targeted him, and the showmance became a flop.  How to deal with this?  CBS could air what really went down, or they could devise a poor Frankie and Derrick narrative.  Suddenly, it was the 31-year-old former dancer accusing Zach of taking money away from needy Africans and the 30-year-old former undercover cop telling Zach he was taking food out of his daughter's mouth.  If you watched the live feeds, you heard Frankie talk about euthanizing Zach, putting the baby to sleep and then stabbing it.  But that didn't make the show.  On the feeds, you saw Derrick threaten to choke Zach out and break every bone in his jaw.  But that didn't make the show. 

Nothing negative that Frankie or Derrick said was shown; instead they were painted as reluctant heroes trying to save the alliance from the volatile Zach.  The home viewers didn't see them plant seeds in Victoria and Christine's minds that Zach was a danger to them.  They didn't see how Derrick made false allegations about Zach being a threat to Frankie's safety.  The producers tried their best to make Zach the goat, solely responsible for his own downfall.  They must have hoped this would keep their Team American trio, and especially Frankie, safe for weeks to come.

What they couldn't have imagined was the groundswell of support for Zach Rance. Never before in BB history has one houseguest become the center of such a large social media movement and the recipient of so much viewer adoration.  When his fans thought Frankie had violated house rules telling Zach he was nominated, "Renom Rules" trended on Twitter.  Before the eviction vote, #SaveZach was all over Twitter, as ubiquitous as #ZachAttack.  Past houseguests from the godfather of them all Dr. Will to Dan Gheesling tweeted their appreciation and support of Zach.  Even Ariana Grande, and her mother Joan, tweeted out support for Zach and their wishes that Frankie would come to his senses before it was too late.  As Big Brother co-producer Chris Roach tweeted last week: "I get the sense a lot of people wish they had voted to be a part of Team America."

Zach said often in the BB house that he hoped he'd have 79K Twitter followers by the time he exited the BB house; as of today he has 115K for an idle account that has just one tweet from two years ago.  His Instagram has 188K followers and is growing daily.  "Froot Loop Dingus" has entered BB parlance as a new favorite phrase.  The episode where he was evicted was the season's highest rated episode.

CBS let a star slip through their fingers and will continue to shove Frankie, and to a lesser extent eventual winner Derrick, down our throats.  But we will miss the former frat boy from South Florida with loose lips, questionable dance moves, and more personality than the rest of the house combined.  We can't wait for BBAllStars2 and the return of Zach Rance, who came into the house to be hated and to win $500K and failed on both accounts. 

151 comments:

  1. Good read. Thanks! :-)

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  2. Yes! So much truth in this, thanks!

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  3. I would love to see Zach as an All-Star! Great post, btw. Tweeted about it several times. Hope that's ok. @bluecat731

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  4. Feeds suck without Zach :(

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  5. I watch all the feeds and I never heard Derrick say that. I call bullchit.

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    1. he did say that, its documented on jokers/hamsterwatch. you obviously dont watch them that well

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    2. He said it 8/10 early in the morning (between 1 and 4 am)

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    3. Um, yes, he did say that. He said it when he was pissed off about how Zach was treating Victoria. Clearly you didn't see ALL the feeds.

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    4. write the check to derrick and end the show we all know how it's ending...worst bb ever

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    5. Derrick absolutely deserves to win he is playing the best game ever. He started playing the game before he even walked in the door. Disagree about it being the worst BB ever, I am loving this season.

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    6. I remember reading that stuff Derrick was saying to Zach and taking food out of his daughters mouth. I was shocked.

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    7. Perhaps he said it while you weren't watching? I'm assuming you don't watch the feeds 24 hours a day.

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    8. Crazy I really want Donnie to win

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    9. PFFFT ! Zach was an idiot. I think even BB is blinded by stupidity. Derrick should win this one. Oh and for Zankie Frankie and his sister, Never heard of either of them before.

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    10. Ok yeah he said that, but believe me..,.,it was only part of Derrick's sneaky azz game. He didn't say it to Zach directly either, he was running his game/talking game ALONE in the downstairs living room with Cody and Caleb. And it certainly wasn't something he was serious about doing. And this was all said right before Derrick called his little "house meeting" which was only designed to protect his hold that he had on Victoria. So this was all part of Derrick's so called "master plan"!

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  6. good read but cbs wont be shoving anything down my throat cause i am done watching until the finale.

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  7. Excellent, on point & factual !!! :)

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  8. zack is naturally what frankie wishes he could be, without even trying.thats why frankie hates him....frankie is a disingenuous rat. zack rules.

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  9. Awesome article! Love Zach!!!

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  10. Excellent! #bballstars2zachattack

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  11. Bravo!!! I came into this season--and went through the majority of it, 100% about Frankie. But I came to fall in love with Zach. I have not watched my live feeds once since his eviction on Thursday. It's just not the same without him. I love Frankie a little less without Zach. Zach was definitely the star of the show and I WISH we had made him part of Team America instead of DERRICK! Oh I wish people could see what a snake that guy is!!! Zach, you are truly missed and I can't wait until the show is over and can hear from you more. Thanks for making this season a great one for as long as you were there.

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    1. agree write the check to derrick and end season. worst ever

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    2. I think Derrick is playing an amazing game and has been since day one. Is that not what it is all about going in the house and playing the game. Most went in the house and seem to think they were on vacation and played no game at all. So far Derrick has played the perfect game and has been in total control of what happens every week in the house,that makes him a genius player in my book. Also Cody is playing a great too, he went in the house, knew exactly who to align himself with and just sit back, great gameplay, he too has know exactly what he is doing. They are two of my favourite players, hope they both make it to the end, they deserve it.

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    3. Certainly worst season ever. Totally predictictable. No expect the unexpected. Will not watch again

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    4. I'm tempted to dump the show. So few moves against the majority. Basic sluggish behavior.

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    5. nah derricks not the best he has no real competitive players to battle his game no one to stop and realize he could be lying to them and challenge his game or motives like allowing vic to stay every single time, even though he knows her scalp is bleeding and that he should send her home for her own health sake., his greed allows him to keep her to beat her in the end over more healthy players..Der just has no real brain players just sheep allowing him to play them as jokes...

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    6. HA! Seems like the SAME "Anonymous" keeps posting about Derrick being the best, & then threw Cody in there. Yeah, sure, okay. We know exactly how Derrick has been. He's FAR from being one of the best,&he's w/a bunch of idiots. His true colors showed when he got a little bit of a challenge.

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    7. Derrick makes me sick! He sits up there and judges others for lying and scheming when he is the biggest schemer of the whole house. Here it is the end of the game almost, he will be in the final 3 with the two ppl he supposedly trust the most but yet he still has not come clean about his profession! What harm is that going to do him now, Cody is his boy I'm sure he would understand and if not...what can he do about it?? I wanted to believe that Derrick would take Cody to final 2 NO MATTER WHAT but he won't if opportunity arises for him to take weak butt Vic. If I were Derricks wife I would really keep my eyes open because that man can lie like it is second nature and that's nothing to brag about.

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  12. Great article. Miss Zach, no more feeds for me. Watch a you tube of Zach to keep me going. Zach was a true star.

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  13. Alison Grodner has ruined BB. Her casting is atrocious. Production manipulates the show so much that it barely resembles what goes on in the live feeds (when production allows them to be viewed). Last year she shoved racists and misogynists down our throats. This year it's irrelevant Frankie and BORING Derrick. This show jumped the shark with Grodner.

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    1. You do realize the Grodner has been one of the shows producers for 15 years right?

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    2. Yes, but she didn't become the executive producer (i.e,. "the boss") until season 8. There are numerous blogs noting how the show has changed for the worse during her reign.

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    3. Exactly! Also, if I have to watch one more season of everybody in the house voting the exact same way, I don't know if I'll keep watching.

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  14. Great read! I couldn't agree more!

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  15. Well said--Zach was the star of BB16 and the show is over as far as I am concerned. I agree with your take 100% Big Brother seriously miscalculated who who would the star and fan faves this year. Not watching til finale.

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  16. I started the show thinking I wouldn't like the brash young kid. Ended up loving him and actually crying because he was being treated so poorly at the end. Look forward to BB AllStarz.

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  17. Excellent article!

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  18. Great article. Zach will be the one remembered this season.

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  19. You really whitewashed Zach's behavior in the house. While it might have been entertaining for the feed watchers, it wasn't so much for the other houseguests. CBS was pretty kind to him too. Zach was his own worst enemy. And judging by Zach's exit interview I don't think CBS is ready to let him get away just yet.

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    1. zach was fun frat boy behavior nothing vile or vicous.thats why america loves him

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  20. We'll see Zach again. I hope Zach and Frankie go on The Amazing Race next.

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    1. I'd watch Zach and Donny on Amazing race. I'd never turn it on if I knew Frankie was on it. He is a disgusting excuse for a human being. Biggest phony in BB history. He wouldn't have any kind of social media following if it weren't for his sister. Mogul my butt. He's just gum on the shoe of his sister.

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    2. I hope that Zach realizes that Frankie doesn't give a chit about anyone but himself and never talks to him again! I wouldn't watch anything Frankie was on, even if paired with Zach. Zach would only end up getting screwed again and I couldn't stand seeing it happen.

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    3. I have to agree with Anonymous...no more Frankie for me! I hope Zach wakes up and stays the heck away from Frankie.

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    4. Yes, Donny and Zach, Please NO Frankie EVER!

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    5. They would make an awesome team. Maybe Zach could hang Frankie over a cliff or something then the biotch would have a valid reason to cry. N.C. loves Zach!

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    6. Frankie loves himself some Frankie.

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    7. Donny and Zach would be awesome on the Amazing Race!! Hopefully TAR producers don't botch the cast the way BB has this season.

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  21. I've watched BB since season 1. I pay for livefeeds. With 8 hg left & a month to go, I'm done with this season. There's nothing to look forward to or interesting enough to watch onon the feeds.

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  22. Awesome read & I'm one of those #ZachAttack fans that adores him. This BB season would have been a total fail had it not been for Zach Rance. I can't wait for a BB Allstars with him in it.

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  23. A Big Brother star was born. Thanks for the laughs Zach!

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  24. CBS also never shows how Derrick and Frankie have targeted Donnie all season. They always make Derrick and Frankie look good on the episodes.

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    1. No they don't and it's disgusting. They do treat Donny bad and lie to his face constantly. I hope when they get out and see how much Donny and Zach are loved, they feel terrible.( But I doubt they will care)

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  25. Brava.... so glad I found your blog... You type the TRUTH! Awaiting your next installment!

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  26. Excellent read and so very true on all accounts. I'm still a huge Donny fan though and was hoping for a Zonny alliance, but as it has been stated before when Donny talks to you during the week there is a great chance you are going up and out the door.

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  27. Zack was the show and his kindness to Donny made him even more loveable. Real fans picked Donny because he seemed genuine and not a fame whore like Frankie and most houseguest production picks. America only picked derrick because he was a police officer and americans respect his profession and we assumed he was an honest guy who would still keep to the code of serve and protect. Boy were we all wrong. Derrick may be playing the game but he plays really dirty and turned on DONNY before Team America even had a chance and wanted Donny out because him and Frankie still got money with or without Donny and derrick and frankie didnt like donny and showed no loyalty to the team. Even worse Derrick the cop then had the gall to try and fool the viewers that he was loyal always to donny and Team America which is not true. He broke the worst rule ever by lying to America and production even tried to edit his lies for the good but BB FANS are not stupid and do not like being lied too by Derrick or production. Thats why people detest derrick now because lying to us is horrible game play. Plus Derrick treating donny so miserably and isolating him and spreading lies about donny to the other houseguest was not something you want to see a police officer enjoy with such glee. Frankie was picked by production and not America. Frankies sisters twit freaks that I call twitnagers. Twitters/Teenagers helped to put Frankie on the Team which no one was happy about. He was the last one picked and as soon as they revealed him as the last one I vomitted in my mouth. I had and many followers had voted for zach and were so pissed that zach did not get it and then we all started realizing who frankies sister was which none of us had heard of before but relized instantly when zach didnt get it that production was going to cram frankie down our throats. Boy did they crm- I am choking because none of us care about frankies sister. Twitagers do not watch TV, read newspapers or know how to do anything but tweet and they certantly are going to watch an 16 year old show like BIG BROTHER. Now that zach is gone and donny is gone this week after derrick and Frankie put the final nail in donnys coffin the sjow is over. Poor nicole cannot stop the ending production has waiting for us and that will be Derrick and Frankie at the end. Not worth watching a show that you know the ending too. Its so disappointing as a true fan for 16 years to be done with the show once and for all. I love this show but not this phony wannabees always cast every freaking year. I am 50 years old and heart broken by this disappointing spectacle this show has become.

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    1. Very well stated, I feel EXACTLY the same way!

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    2. I agree. I'm about done too. I had great hopes for this season after the mess that was last year...ugh. Where have all the fun twists gone? No Pandora's box? I remember the year they brought in Tori Spelling for the guy who was so in love with her with Pandora's box. That was funny. I remember when they had the hgs up at night trying to win a veto from a game I think. Ian talking to the camera. They did a few fun things in the beginning of this game with the Adam and Eve thing and frog and german costume and then nothing. They didn't even give Nicole a week of safety after winning her way back in the house, and then they throw an HOH contest that she couldn't win because she missed a week. NOT FAIR CBS!!! Do they want us to stop watching so they can cancel this show?

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    3. You are two years older than me and you sound like my grandfather.

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    4. Thanks so much you are stating what millions are thinking but will never write and post.While cbs may think its just a few unhappy ppl. There is an uncountable amount of people ready to be done with big brother after these last two seasons sickening events..

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    5. Write a novel the next time!

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  28. Excellent article and while I love Zach to pieces, part of his charm is the fact that he has a soft side despite his longing to be a villain. The minute I saw him I knew he was the second coming of Dr. Will, he was only missing the strategic genius part. While I love Zach, I LOVE Derrick. As a BB superfan I enjoy the great television Zach made but I damn well appreciate the strategy, brains, and flawlessness with which Derrick is playing this game. For a live feeder like myself, I cannot take my eyes off the game Derrick is playing. Every word that leaves his mouth is thought out and his emotions are controlled. He holds this house together and I believe he is the reason why this cast is so enjoyable to watch. I can't wait for the day that Derrick is crowned winner of BB16 and I hope more than anything that our boy Zach wins America's favorite and comes back in a season or two once he's matured a bit and takes his raw talent and finally wins the game... but 16 belongs to Derrick.

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    1. LOVE Derrick? His 'controlled emotions' includes name-calling, being fake, and a super power trip - especially in the way he talks to "America" as though he's our boy. {shaking with the thought!} And what show are YOU watching that "this cast is so enjoyable to watch"? Maybe this is Derrick's wife, only thought that comes to my mind...

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    2. I agree completely. I LOVE Derrick also. I do not understand the Derrick hate - he has played a flawless game. Donny is a nice guy, and good at comp - but his social game is awful. And his "I never done nothin to nobody" talk is old. It is a game, he has allies in the jury already, making him a threat to win - why would they keep you, if you could win? He also talks about these young kids coming after an old man - you signed up for the game buddy, if you are a "super-fan", then you know they cast a lot of young people and the older person is usually out mid-season. Name-calling? Most people do that. Being fake? ummm…it is a game to win money, I'll be fake all day long. Talking to America? He is a live-feedster himself, and he knows people enjoy that, I know I do. I loved Zach too, no doubt, but some people forget he has been pretty mean - which I don't care, but is true. BB16 does belong to Derrick, he has controlled that house and has been behind almost every single move.

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    3. *** DERRICK IS A PIECE OF TRASH.. A SELF-ADMITTED ON LIVE-FEEDS "DAN GHEESLING WANNABE"... BUT ACTUALLY JUST A LOW-LIFE NARC STOOLIE COP WHO FOR A LIVING IN REAL LIFE INFILTRATES HIMSELF INTO THE LIVES OF TEEN AND COLLEGE GUYS BY PRETENDING TO BE THEIR DEVOTED CLOSEST FRIENDS, AND THEN STABBING THEM IN THE BACK, BY HAVING THEM ARRESTED FOR KEEPING WEED OR COKE.... JUST WHAT HE DOES ON BB...LIES AND MANIPULATES WHILE BEING LOYAL TO NO ONE... HIS REAL LIFE JOB IS HIS BB JOB... UGGGGHHH!!!

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  29. Frankie and his buddy christine are hands down the two worst in the house! And the annoying part is that they give christine a good edit too (other than the cody stuff) when she threw nicole hardcore under the bus they made it look like zach and caleb were tricking her

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  30. I agree with everything in this article. Love It!!!

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  31. The reason Zach is so watchable and refreshing is because he is so "authentic" and genuine. He's actually a nice guy with heart. Frankie in particular is the quintessential narcissistic, sociopathic reality character we've seen too often appear on our screens. I think that often the very qualities that prevent participants from getting further in the game are the very qualities that get them further in "life". My money is on Zach for a great life outside the house. Frankie on the other hand, the self proclaimed "social media mogul"... riding his sisters coattails..is in for a rougher road.

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    1. Frankie saying, "I hope the poor kid doe something with his life, other then working at that Thai restaurant and sleeping." ,made me sick.

      So says the guy riding his sister.

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    2. Riding his sister, That would be incest,right?

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  32. Love everything about this!

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  33. They also didn't show Zach saying he'd stab Frankie through the heart and watch him bleed for hours.

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    1. Zach never said that, it is Frankie who said ''put the baby(Zach) to sleep & stab him in the heart, bath in his blood''

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    2. I'm pretty sure I heard zach say that. I could be wrong.

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    3. Yes, you are wrong. Very wrong, Frankie said very vile things about Zach the week Frankie was HOH and backdoored Zach.

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    4. zach and caleb did talk about how if they weren't in the house they would've put frankie in the hospital for beating him up so badly

      but i never heard him say he'd stab frankie in the heart, pretty sure that was frankie who said that about zach!

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  34. You said it! yes we all love Zach, and he was Donny's hope, along with Nicole or Hayden. Our fun charismic guy in there, one of a kind. It ruined this show when he left. No one likes frank, no one likes Derrick, Christene or Cody. Victoria is a puppet Caleb is a star struck usedtobe

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  35. Sure, production has major influence on who wins HOH, BOB and PoV. But I don't think CBS controls the majority of events that happens in the BB house. Frankie and Derrick, mostly, are just very good players in this game which makes CBS focus more on them. But they wouldn't just choose the leads in this game. I love Zach though. But he's too nice for this.

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    1. CBS has a control over how they edit though. They chose to show Derrick & Frankie only in a good light at all cost and ignore many things that happen in the feeds since week 2.

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  36. Zach was riding Frankie's coattails anyways. He was just using him.

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    1. lol sureeeee whatever makes you happy

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    2. Don't you mean Frankie's rat tail?

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  37. Great article and quite on point . Big Brother 16 is the Zach Show! The also rans who remain are legends in their own minds. Watching the program from this point on is like watching a dandelion wilt.... However it ends, it will be the same result.

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  38. There's one glaring commission here. Donny tried to work with Zach, but Zach stabbed him in the back and went crawling back to his sucky alliance. If Zach had allowed himself to be nominated so he could try to help Donny win the BotB he'd still be in the game right now.

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    1. Lets not fabricate things.....everything is recorded.
      Donny is the who voted Zach out twice & was ok with his nomination while he was hoh
      But...Zach refused to nominate Donny & fought for him not to be nominated during his hoh which made his alliance mad at him, he also refused to throw competition next to him costing him his bb life.
      But...It is true may be if Zach had lied better and agreed to throw and not throw it, we could have had different outcome.

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    2. Zach told Donny to vote him out this week because he knew he didn't have enough votes to stay. Production left that part out of the show so that Donny would look like a liar.

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  39. They won't continue to shove Frankie and Derrick down my throat b/c it's apparent the season is geared toward Frankie and/or Derrick and no thank-you, I have much better things to do than watch the Derrick and Frankie show. F them and F cbs. I haven't logged into feeds and have no plans to. After this flat-lined season of EXPECT THE EXPECTED and NO TWIST AT ALL WHATSOEVER, I'm now done with this show for good.

    And your article was right on the money. F'ing Juile's interview was as if she worked exclusively for Frankie. Blaming Zach for the breakup of the friendship. Of course Zach doesn't know what we know and I'm sure once he gets home and views the episodes, he will tell both Frank and CBS to suck his d-. Another thing I noticed, they didn't show Frank berating ZACH as if he were a child. Ask yourself why. For me though, again, I'm done.

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  40. YAASSS! I concur!! I haven't watched the feeds since Zach was voted out!

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    1. I quit the week before that when Hayden got voted out and Nicole quickly followed. Christine was a horrid HOH, she just gave her power over to the guys who ARE going to "Britney" her like the Brigade did in Season 12.

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  41. "And then Zach and the star of the show Frankie started Zankie" brb while I fucking puke and drink a gallon of bleach.

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  42. Derrick deserves to win this season. He's playing the #%*& out of this game. On par with the best of them. If CBS shoves Frankie down our throats anymore, I'm D.O.N.E. Zach is was the heart of this season, but Derrick is the brains. Frankie is going to leave one of the most despised HG"s in recent memory.

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  43. Fantastic article!!! Way more entertaining than BB16! ZACH was crazy and wild which made him so unique. Donny is just a humble man whlo is a fan like me and never misses a show. He is Americas player because he lovex the show like all real fans. Watching him get more depressed and struggle with being in a house with a mob mentality has deeply hurt him and he is deeply disappointed in the way the houseguests have ignored him. The show watchers see this no matter how hard AG and BB try to edit the story. Ariannes fake brother is a joke and no matter how much AG and BB tried her brother is a so fake and just needs to realize he aint her. Ariannas brother was so jealous of all the attention ZACK was getting and couldnt handle losing camera time. Derrick has made them all look like fools except DONNY and that is exactly why DONNY has been shunned by KING DERRICK.Will enjoywatching his and the others with those insane egos face reality, That is the show iwant to watch not this disaster season. 15 years of this show has finally done it for me. Never watching again and cancelling my feeds. Won't be watching the next few weeks. I dont care who wins thisyear.no longer a fan and I give up hoping for things to change, When Julie Chen wasted time doing the ice bucket challege you know the show has jumped the shark and death is near. What a wimpy water challege, As phonyas this show has been I am sure the warer wasnt even cold and it didnt have any ice in it. Would have been more entertaining her going in the house and have her and the houseguest jump in the BB POOL but that takes brains to come up with ideas like that and AG and production arent't very good at using their brains or giving the fans what they really want on a show like BB.ARIANAS BROTHER cant stop singin and does it 100 times a day with no punishments. They speak rude to the BB people when called and it just gets old listening to that annoying man to constanly say, PLEASE STOP SINGING, Penaltys would fix that realquick. I wish Zaxk and Donny the best- Love Hayden and Nicole too. They are so precious.

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    2. Wow! What a thoughtful and deep comment. I agree with a lot of what you said, but I don't think I feel as disappointed as you do. I think after last season's bad behavior, they tried to pick houseguests who they thought would be reasonably well-behaved. I think that has led to less "game play", but as you pointed out, more of a mob mentality.

      I think the reason people "hate" Donny is the same reason people with good morals are often shunned in regular life; because people don't want to be held to that standard. Even though Donny is unassuming and not expecting everyone to live up to his high standards, they can't help but see themselves compared to him. Imagine if you're Christine. You think of yourself as having pretty decent behavior, you don't swear, you're generally kind to others, but she knows that she's been hanging all over Cody all season. Every time she looks at Donny, she's reminded of what she *should* be striving for (not that Donny's perfect, but he is always *trying* to be a better person).

      I also wish they would hand out penalties for singing. It's completely disruptive to watching the feeds. No matter who they cast, I find it is interesting to watch how people act and to consider why they act the way they do. I think Donny has been robbed a bit of his "innocence", but that's the world we live in. He'll be a better man for it in the long run...I think he has the wonderful ability to turn lemons into lemonade. And hopefully, the rest of the cast will be better for having spent this time with Donny.

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  44. I was totally glad to see Zach go...now I can't wait for Frankie to be kicked out. Both were painful to watch...both of them are bullies!

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  45. BB sucks without Zach! Except for Zach & Donny this cast is horrible.

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  46. Great article. Now the producers are going to shove this Frankie play on us as a TA task. There is a large group wanting to vote no on whether the task was acceptable. I too would love that, but unfortunately Frankies ego would not accept that it was his fault. He (and probably Derreck) would find some way to blame Donny. SUCKS!

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  47. Zach was the sleeper of the game. Literally slept most of the 1st part of the game as he stopped sleeping less we got to know this sweet kid who just wanted to cut up and make good TV but I think that Zach will leave with a bad taste in his mouth from the way CBS treated him and the way Frankie treated him. Derrick has got like 10 yrs on most of these kids he is controlling make for easy pray I'm hoping Nicole can win an HOH and change the course of the game but it looks very unlikely this will happen as long as CBS want Frankie to beside Derrick. SHAME ON YOU CBS.

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  48. My live feeds are cancelled and I am done with BB and their pathetic production. I was only able to tolerate some of the cast (Frankie) because of Hayden, Donny, Nic and Zach. Yes Donny and Nic are still there but not for long. I just can't tolerate nor justify wasting my money on this cast. Frankie, a 31 year old, who apparently never grew out of middle school; Derrick, playing a great game but is a super control freak; Victoria, who just doesn't have a clue about ANYTHING; Christine is SUPER gross; Cody is hot but dumb as a box of rocks and last but not least our least mode plow boy, Caleb, nuff said there lol. This season of BB is like reading a book you already know the ending. Not wasting anymore of my time, I have better things to do, like watch paint dry!!! Thanks CBS and BB for finally ruining one of my favorite summer shows!!!

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    1. Totally agree! Those are the four that are decent human beings. Not so the rest, and yeah, Donny and Zach for Amazing Race!

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    2. All I can say is AMEN AMEN AMEN!!!

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    3. Amen, Amen, Amen !!!!!!!!

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    4. Oh my gosh, Donny and Zach on the Amazing Race together would be great!

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  49. I think I heard Donny say once that he had never watched live feeds before, only the regular Big Brother episodes. He probably didn't realize how awful many of the house guests actually were, seeing only a sanitized version of the show. Seeing behind the curtain of Big Brother has been a heartbreaking disappointment for him, I'm sure.

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    1. I Feel So Bad FoR Donny. I Don't Know If I Could Stay In That Hous Fighting For My Life Every Week While Being Ostracized By All The Others. Christine Makes Me Literally Sick To My Stomach..Donny Is So 'skerry', I Hate Him, He Is Such A Schemer. Seriously Crustine? Why Don't U Get Off Cody's **** For five seconds And Play Your Own Game. Never Mind..That Apparently Is Her Game. She Said In DR For Her Hubby Not To Worry..She's Only Trying To WIn 500 Thousand And It's Strictly Game Play. Come On..she Said She Was Bullied In School, But She Is The Biggest Bully In The House. Pretty Sad To Have To Resort to Bashing Poor Old donny Who Has Done Nothing To Her. They All Make Me Sick Other Than Donnie And Nicole. I Did LikeZach, But Now That He's Gone And Donny And Nicole Will Probably Be Following I Don't Want AnY Of The Others To WIn. Frankie Is Disgusting, Caleb And His Constant Boasting Is Unbearable To Hear, Cody Is Stuck So Far Up Derrick's Butt That He Can't Think On His Own, And Derrick Is A Snake. Victoria..Well Nothin To Say Bout Her Cuz She's Not Even Mentally In The Game. Last Yearwas Hard To Watch Cuz Of All The Racist Comments, But I Think This Season Is Awful!! Don't Think I Can Watch anymore

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  50. Zach was bouncing off the walls those first few weeks. I read a transcript of the live feed in which he said he was on ADHD medication for his whole life...until right before he entered the Big Brother house. I am guessing that, a couple of weeks before his elimination, the producers put him back on the meds. He quieted down.

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  51. I am a grandmother and I love Zack most of all the contestants. He has a free spirit and smiles even when he is getting kicked when he is down. I am team Zack and Donny.

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    1. I'm a mother and I completely agree with your comment. Pray for Zach and Donny.

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  52. Derrick is a cop he knows how to take control and he does, WOW these people are all brain washed by him. I watch less and less every week. Now that Zack is gone and this week Donny , I will watch very little. Now I just go on jokers and see who won veto and not watch the feed at all.

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    1. You should go read the Big Brother Forum at the Yuku "survivor sucks" website. The snark is great, and the mutual hatred of the houseguests is there with great humor attached. It is not a site for sissies who are easily offended but if you really hate this season, you need to go there and enjoy the posts.

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  53. I do not know why people are complaining about boring live feeds now that Zach is gone. He was asleep half of the time on the live feeds. What feed were you watching lol

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  54. I love Zac. You are correct they have shoved Frankie down our throats until it hurts. He is just disgusting.... Should a straight person grab, touch, talk and a make such suggestive remarks to people it would be called sexual harassment. Wake up CBS this show is for us not Frankie the wanta be or Derrick the nasty cop who talks to virgins like no adult married man should.

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    1. btw I love how CBS allowed Frankie so much time to make apologies and show us how nice he is. What BS; Frankie is a low life, scum living in his sister's shadow.. he is a blogger/youtuber for God's Sake lol

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  55. If they fire the current casting director, perhaps BB can be saved for the next season. Anyway, great article.

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  56. I am over this season. I am sure Derrick is a good guy but I have no desire to see him or Frankie win BB. If anyone of the players left, I would have to want Caleb to win. So sick of Frankie and Derrick being shoved down my throat. I would love to see some more twists and another player sent back in. But I am only dreaming. The rest is a snooze fest. Yawn.

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  57. Zach sucks also. please you make him out to be a great player. he is a bully and I couldn't wait for him to be gone. In real life I'd kick his butt if he ever talked to my sister or girlfriend they way he spoke to the women in the house.

    As for Derrick winning. well its funny you all want to give him the check so quickly.. lets see what happen. I have a feeling he is out not this week; the week after that all because of Frankie.. :)

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    1. What feeds were you watching? Zach is far from being a bully. Or maybe you just don't understand the meaning of the word? The way Derrick, Cody, & Frankie have talked about, & treated the HGs is disgusting. The worst Zach did was call people stupid/idiots. Give Time/Dates of Zach bullying.

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  58. Lets see 117k followers.... if each one would donate $5.00 to ZackAttack, he would win the grand prize.

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    1. I'm in!!! Great idea!!! Although I'm sure Zach can just about get any job he wants after BB!

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  59. It is hard to describe in words my feeling for Zach. Yes he is immature, cannot keep a secret, and at times says things that are inappropriate, but you come back with a feeling of him being genuine, as someone who truly cares about the people around him. He has an innocent look of surprise, and sincerity that make you feel like this guy would make a great friend. Zach is not a bully, not homophobic, but truly an open minded guy just trying to enjoy life, and love his family. There is a connection there that apparently not only I found but America as well. Very few people in this world can make a large amount people react this way to them, and Zach Rance did it.

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  60. Zach strikes me as a very sensitive guy whose cockiness (at times) masked his insecurities. He was one of the few who was kind to Donny (the sweetest, most genuine guy in the House) and seemed to be genuinely interested in hearing about Donny's life and family. Zach definitely won me over. Derrick's strong-arm tactics and Frankie's ridiculous self-promotion are really hard to watch. Christine is probably the most disliked person by all BB die-hards, and she only has herself to blame. At this point, assuming Nicole gets booted out next week, I'd just as soon see Caleb or Victoria (aka Dumb and Dumber) win the money.

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  61. PERFECT!!! And THANK YOU for explaining the despicable comments Fr/Der said about Zach in his absence! TV viewers had no idea, but us live feedsters saw it!

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  62. Thanks for explaining the way Zach was REALLY treated in the house!!! He is a sincere person, just like Donny; what you see is what you get. Wore his heart on his sleeve, and got screwed by the CBS Frankie/Derrick plot.

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  63. Shove Derek down our throats? Why shouldn't they do that? They guy has played a masterful game. He deserves to be shown and shown a lot.

    I hate the Frankie show too but don't condemn Derek for it. Zach could never have won so he was bound to go sooner or later.

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  64. Zach had current tweets before the show, but as he said on the live feeds, CBS told him he had to take them down, as they were a bit controversial. Pffft...little did they realize that Frankie would be come the controversial figure. "Gay men are born that way; lesbians choose to become lesbians when they're older"....words straight from that idiot's mouth....

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  65. Love Zach and Donny. Derek is nothing but a bully, can't stand him, sure he'll probably win. Sick of Frankie, so over the Frankie Show. Caleb is a moron but funny at times. Christine is just disgusting. Cody is good looking, but like someone said, dumb as a bag of rocks. Victoria is even dumber. With Zach gone and Donny leaving, I'm over this season. Casting has really sucked lately.

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  66. A well thought out, interesting article. C.B.S got mud on their face with putting all their eggs in the wrong basket. The popular well liked cast is almost all gone and they are stuck with total niit-wits. Arianna should distance herself far a way from that twit of a brother.

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  67. Wow. I clicked on this link from a BB Blog suggesting to read this. I'm sorry I did. There is so much hate here. Many say that they won't continue to watch BB. I can say that I won't continue to visit this site. Everyone is entitled to an opinion but this site is wayyyyy too mean spirited for my taste.

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    1. Goodbye, Derrick/Frankie fan.

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  68. Yes I love Zach, the most entertaining to watch by far. I loved Zankie too though, but then Frankie just screwed up by trusting Derrick over Zach. I mean really?

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  69. Derrick is not a genius, he is playing with weak gullible people. I really can't get why they listen to everything Derrick says. It's mind boggling.hurry up and write to check to Derrick....game is super predictable.

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  70. Loved this article. I hate the Frankie and Derrick show. No longer interested in watching BB now that Donny will be leaving.

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  71. FYi Frankie's YouTube channel has 250K followers....NOT a million and a half. #LiarLiarHotPantsOnFire

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  72. DERRICK IS A FUCKING PUPPET MASTER

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  73. I stopped watching the feeds when Zach left the show. He was, and always will be the star of season 16!

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  74. I am surprised people are still tuning in to BB. These contestants are so boring! I want to see big moves, risks takers, intrigue. The house all stepping in line does not make for a good show. Give me a little of that shake rattle and roll from seasons past. Watching paint dry is more interesting than watching these cast of do "nothings" "I don't want blood on my hands" contestants. BB should pull the plug on this season and start over.

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  75. i find myself going throughout my day daydreaming about the next bballstars and seeing zach again. i'm just hoping big brother production spends the whole next year figuring out a way to make up for what they did in evicting him. also, i can't wait until frankie is out of that house and sees a) how wildly unpopular he is and b) how unbelievably popular zach is.
    ZACH I'VE LOVED YOU FROM THE BEGINNING AND I STILL DO!!

    --subeejubee

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