2013’s Tully Smith has written a piece for News Corp.
Amongst her observations:
I’m not going to lie; it’s hard to deny the amount of ‘surprises’ that have been dealt out so early in the game. A double eviction and intruder already? Whaaaaaa?
I’m not sure if it’s the later timeslot, the combination of housemates or the new ‘game show’ feel but something just isn’t resonating with audiences like it has in the past.
The pairs stunt was very interesting and definitely had us 2014 housemates talking (“Oh my god imagine if we’d been paired up- nightmare!”) however as with the ‘Half Way House’ wall, it didn’t last very long and therefore had only a slight impact on the game overall.
Gemma’s eviction was awful and hard to watch, plain and simple. The general feeling about Gemma from the other housemates had been made (painfully) obvious, so the producers would have had a very strong idea how the eviction would have played out had Jake and Gemma been the pair with the least number of votes to save.
I was also a bit sad. Sad for the Big Brother crew that things we’re obviously at such a lull that they needed to wheel out Tim again to spice things up. The producers and crew at Big Brother, the housemates past and present, Channel 9 as a network … they will always be family to me and I only want success for the show.
But she is nevertheless heavily invested in the format, and optimistic about its outlook:
Big Brother is one of the originals and, in my opinion, one of the best. There is simply nothing else like it on TV and the fan base for it as a program is ginormous and strong. I have every faith that once it replaces The Block and settles back into a more ‘family friendly’ timeslot those things will improve.
And I’ll be watching, every night, like the fan girl I always was.
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