Yesterday, I asked everyone what they would do to make sure that Big Brother 16 is better than Big Brother 15. Everyone replied with a lot of good ideas and if you haven’t read them under the previous post, go take a look.
Below are some of my thoughts on how to improve Big Brother. Some of these have already been mentioned by other commenters and some of them I haven’t heard before. However, I believe that all of them would help to make Big Brother 16 everything that Big Brother 15 was not.
1) The Big Brother House Should Be Occupied By People Who Want To Be There
Every season, thousands of people try out for Big Brother but you wouldn’t necessarily know that from listening to this season’s cast. While Andy, McCrae, and Judd have all claimed to be superfans who have always wanted to be on the show, quite a few of this season’s houseguests were recruited by the show’s producers, who were obviously more concerned with outer appearance than inner stability. Both Jeremy and Kaitlin claimed to have never even seen the show before entering the house. (Kaitlin, at one point, said that she was recruited while hanging out at a bar.) Aaryn said that she watched one season after she was cast for the show. Elissa was on the show because she was Rachel’s sister. Spencer’s brother is on another reality show. As well, Amanda never made any secret of the fact that she had connections on the production staff. One of the big complaints about this season was that the majority of the houseguests had a sense of entitlement and I think a lot of that was because most of them were specifically recruited for the show. Since they didn’t have to make much of an effort to get into the house and probably viewed the whole experience as a career move, why should they then worry about actually playing the game?
In short, the Big Brother House should be occupied by people who actually want to be there and who have made some sort of effort to get selected to be on the show.
2) Never Underestimate The Importance of Maturity
As a lot of you pointed out yesterday, this season suffered because everyone was around the same age. There literally weren’t any grown-ups in the house. In fact, this is the first season that I can remember when there wasn’t anyone over the age of 40 on the show. Speaking as someone who is around the same age as the majority of this season’s houseguests, I know that I behave differently when I’m surrounded by people older than me than I do when I’m just hanging out with people my own age. Having a voice of maturity on Big Brother 15 (and no, Helen did not count) would have defintely kept the house from turning into a college dorm.
3) Do Away With The Whole Have/Have-Not Thing
A lot of people also suggested this yesterday and I agree. The Have/Have-Not twist has never been as amusing as the Big Brother producers seem to believe and I, for one, am sick of having to listen to people talking about eating slop. Often times, the Have/Have-Not competition itself just feels like a way to pad out the Sunday show.
4) Nominate Three Players For Eviction Instead Of Two
In theory, I like the idea of the players nominated for eviction being able to compete for the power of veto. As well, at first, the whole idea of using the veto to backdoor and blindside another player seemed like a clever and exciting idea. However, it’s happened so much over the past few seasons that it’s grown stale. We now know that the true target will hardly ever be nominated and that, halfway through the week, someone will be backdoored and — as opposed to the original nominees — won’t even have the chance to compete to save himself. It’s not only extremely unfair. It’s also predictable.
So, why not nominate three people every week for eviction? And instead of doing a random draw for names, how about having every single houseguest compete for the veto every week? That way, everyone would have a fair chance to win the veto and potentially save themselves (or someone else) for eviction.
If the veto’s used, the HoH would no longer nominate a replacement. Instead, the vetoed nominee would come off the block and then, on Thursday’s live show, the houseguests would vote for either one of the two remaining nominees.
That would put an end to the whole backdoor thing and it would force all of the houseguests to actually compete and strategize. It would certainly do a lot more to expose floaters than that silly MVP twist did. Speaking of the MVP twist…
5) The MVP Twist Wasn’t Necessarily A Bad Idea
Despite the fact that I’ve spent a lot of time complaining about how the MVP twist was used this year, I don’t think it’s necessarily a lost cause. One of the big complaints this season was that the show seemed to be favoring houseguests — like Amanda — who were pretty much hated by the majority of the people watching. Only when America was made the MVP were the viewers allowed to express their feelings about Amanda. So, I think next season, America should be the MVP every week. The third nominee should always be determined by America. And the houseguests should be told from the beginning that America will be picking the third nominee so that way, they can know that, for whatever reason, the viewing public is not happy with them.
If nothing else, it would give the viewers a chance to vent some frustration.
6) Allow The Outgoing HoH To Compete To Be The New HoH
This is another one that I know has been discussed on this site before. It really is a good idea. If the same houseguest continually wins HoH week-after-week — well, that should only encourage the other houseguests to step up their game. This season, HoH after HoH was terrified to make a big move because they knew that they would extremely vulnerable the next week. This, of course, allowed Amanda and other to get their way simply by being bullies.
Speaking of competing for HoH, what if the winner of the HoH competition was given the option of either becoming HoH herself or naming another player HoH? I don’t know if that would necessarily work or if it would just be more trouble than its worth. But, it would definitely have the potential to make things more interesting.
7) Only The HoH Can Sleep In The HoH Room
I have to admit that I came up with this one mostly because I got tired of constantly seeing Amanda and McCrae in the HoH room.
8) Allow America To Pick The Final HoH
Instead of dragging things out with a three-part HoH competition, why not ask the viewers to vote for the final head of household? If nothing else, this would give the viewers a chance to let the final three know what they think about them and their gameplay.
9) Who Needs a Jury?
As opposed to Survivor juries (who usually manage to put aside their anger and vote for the person who deserves to win, regardless of how much they hate that person), Big Brother juries are usually so bitter that it’s hard to take them seriously when it comes time for them to cast their votes. Consider last season, for instance, when the jury basically spent the whole finale whining about getting outplayed by Dan. The fact of the matter is that Big Brother juries usually ask weak questions that were obviously scripted for them by production and it’s rare that the answers ever make any difference in the way they vote.
In fact, the best thing about the Big Brother jury was getting to see them in the jury house. However, lately, the BB producers haven’t even been showing us the jury house until the final week of the season. So, I think that the producers should either go back to giving us a weekly jury house segment during the Thursday live show or they should just do away with the jury all together.
My idea? Allow the viewers to pick the winner. That way, the houseguests would not only have to strategize to make it all the way to the final two but they would also have to make some sort of effort to keep the viewers on their side, as well.
One of the major issues people have had this season is the feeling that neither the houseguests nor the producers have had much concern about keeping their viewers happy. By doing away with the jury and allowing America to pick the final winner, Big Brother would be letting its loyal viewers know that they do matter.
10) Build An Entirely New House
Because, seriously, who wants to live in a house that was once occupied by Spencer?
As for Big Brother 15, it all ends on Wednesday night. Who will be the final Head of Household and who will win the jury’s vote? We’ll find out tomorrow!