Another coming to terms with the show’s demise is the fansite behindbigbrother.com, which has long a tradition of calling the show to account. It has frequently broken stories, speculated, rumoured, gossiped and provided an alternative forum to the show’s official website. It does this with a passion for the format logging both supportive and critical stories. But as the show itself now winds down, where to for the website and its legion of fans?
Site Administrator David, shared his thoughts with TV Tonight on the end of the format, together with what it means for the site itself.
“Reality TV is still a relatively new form and ways to give it longevity are still being attempted. When you look at Big Brother Australia as a whole the show has still managed to catch over 500,000 viewers almost every night which is a fairly impressive feat. Not good enough for some it seems, and this is most definitely one of the reasons why Ten have dumped the show,” he said.
“The dumbing down of our series has also added to its demise. In the first few years it was more about the psychology of a group of humans being cut off from the real world and placed into a manipulative space. The concept was brand new for Australia and no one was quite sure how it would be taken and exactly what would happen. Then EP Peter Abbott did a fabulous job and it was a shame to see him go.
“Compare those seasons with what we’ve been fed over the past few years and the show has been overwhelmingly dumbed-down with cookie-cutter housemates, the same tasks, predictable twists and much less of a focus on the true concept.
“It’s a shame the Australian series isn’t as successful as the UK series, which has been running for nine strong years now and is recreated year after year with things no one would ever expect. That said, the UK version isn’t perfect either.”
The sudden end of Big Brother will have huge ramifications for the website which devotes around three months of the year to the series, and another three to another TEN reality series, Australian Idol, via a second site.
“Plans for BBBA are up in the air at the moment as we’ve been caught off guard as much as everyone else,” said David.
“Our off-season forums will remain live and as we head into the next Australian Idol season the sister site BehindIdol.com will relaunch,” he said.
Even without the show that inspired them, the message from the BBBA team is “we’re not going anywhere.”
In other BB news, TEN will screen Sunday’s eviction from 7pm – 8:30pm following a half hour Daily show.
6.30pm BIG BROTHER
7.00pm BIG BROTHER – EVICTION
10.50pm FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS
11.25pm FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX
1.40am VIDEO HITS UP-LATE
2.00am HOME SHOPPING