Alone

 

If you haven't seen it yet, it's a good show to watch.  It's on the history channel.

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Basically they drop off 10 survivalists in the Vancouver Island wilderness with limited supplies.  They are dropped in separate areas, so are completely Alone -- no producers, no film crew, they do the filming themselves through various cameras.  Their single mission is to stay alive the longest and if they are the last one standing they win $500,000.  

Not only do they have to contend with building shelter, building fire, finding food, enduring the weather … rain and eventually snow, and fighting off predators, but they also have to contend with being completely alone.  They talk to the cameras about what they are doing and what they are thinking, missing, feeling.  This is season 2.  I wish I had known about it for season 1, so at some point I'll look into watching last season.

If you're looking for a good series to get into, this is one to watch.

 


Are you a Big Brother Fan ? Expect the unexpected.

Yes ... it's true, I'm addicted to Big Brother and have paid for the live feeds for many of the seasons.  Just 4 weeks to go ... the premiere is June 22nd.

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The new mystery for Big Brother 18 (BB18) is that production is looking for "mock" houseguests.  They're looking for 6 people to be in the house for 6 days 7AM through 11PM.  One of the requirements is that you need to understand the game of Big Brother.  I don't recall ever seeing this in the past.

And the second thing is ... for the last several years bigbrothernet would do pre-season interviews, but this year they've been told by CBS that they won't be able to have those this year.

Some of the rumors are that there will be returning houseguests, and/or that there will be like 30 people entering the house and they have to complete to be one of the ones to stay.

This is when rumors are flying all over the web and I just can't hardly wait another 4 weeks.

So (if you're a fan) what's your take ....

 

 


Reality

I like reality shows.

There ... I admit it.

I don't like the dancing, singing and dating shows, but I do like shows about everyday life, different professions, and competition type shows.

Big Brother is probably the one I love the most, although this year it has been relatively boring.  Ahhh, a couple of words and some conflict, but in my opinion, no big twists in the game.  I'm hoping someone stirs the pot even just a little.

I am watching Top Chef Masters --- love love love Top Chef.  1st episode of this season was awesome, where they offered the Chefs an extra hour if they went skydiving to their first location.  Amazingly all but one chef made the jump.  I'll tell you what, that is commitment to your charity.  It would give me pause to jump out of a plane even it it was a tandem jump.  I am so looking forward to the rest of the season.

Another new show, which based on the name I thought it was going to be stupid, but I find it facinating, is Naked and Afraid.  They drop 2 survivalists (one man and one woman) off in an area, with no clothes, no shoes, nothing but the 1 item they chose to bring with them, and they have to survive for 21 days and then get to the pick up point.  I've seen 3 of the episodes now, and each one amazes me.  The contestants start out looking fresh, and by the end have lost weight and are dirty and probably smelly too.  To top it off, they (supposedly) don't get any payment from it - they do it all for experience and bragging rights.  To those wondering, you don't really see too much in the way of nakedness as all the bits and bobs are blurred out, but you do see their backsides, so if that bothers you, the show might not be for you, but if you can get passed that, and think about just how much more challenging it is to have to survive with absolutely nothing, and having to work with a stranger, I think you'll love it.  I've liked Survivor but it is a planned show with challenges, and they have clothes, get food, and they win luxury items ... the Naked and Afraid show is like REAL Survivor.  Apparently, there is a bit of controversy about the show because (from what I've read online) in the first episode the girl eats a turtle and then gets really sick.  They show and talk about her being sick, but apparently she was given IV therapy to hydrate her as well as food, which wasn't shown in the episode.  Regardless, so far I find the show interesting and entertaining - which is what it's all about.  It's a short season - just 6 episodes.  I've seen the 1st 3 and have a few more recorded on TiVo.  I love it!

Aside from these, I also have my 'guilty pleasures', if you will .... Keeping Up With The Kardashians (YOLO), and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (Doorknob), which are more for pure entertainment purposes.  Two extremes that give me a good laugh.


Food Network Star

I watched every season since the first.  I like Guy Fieri who I guess is the most well known chef from the show.  I also like Big Daddy Chef Aaron McCargo, and Jeff Mauro the Sandwich King.

I didn't like when they switched to teams in Season 8 but it didn't turn me off to the show.  This season they did away with the team approach {Yeah} but did something else that I hate.  The thing about this season is they brought in contestants that if you watch food shows, you've seen before. One contestant Chris Hodges was on The Great American Food Truck Race; Danushka Lysek has been on Chopped; Viet Pham was on Iron Chef Battle Ground and won against Bobby Flay and was on Extreme Chef; Russell Jackson was also on Iron Chef America; Rodney Henry has been on Chopped and Throwdown w/Bobby Flay. .... You get the picture.

I just can't imagine that there aren't fresh faces out there dying to get on the show.  I mean ... if they had 1  or 2 contestants that were from other shows, I could see that - but so many?  I don't like it.

True, many have already been eliminated but still it annoys me.  If something isn't broke then why fix it.  The show was fine the way it was.  I don't know ... if this keeps up then I may not watch it anymore.

I am looking forward to Alton Brown's new show Cutthroat Kitchen.  It looks like a fun spin on cooking shows.

 


Tonights the night ....

Tonight starts BB14 (Big Brother).

I've been waiting with anticipation. I've checked out the houseguests and can't to get started. One of the twists is that four veteran houseguests are returning. I guess I'll know for sure tonight. I've got my live feed ready and this year I have WiFi, so I should not have connection problems and time outs.

While I've been waiting for BB14 to begin, I have been watching ABC's glass house. At first I thought it was a Big Brother knockoff, which it sort of is, but after watching for a couple of weeks now, it has it's good points. The first episode, I was looking for Big Brother, so I was dissatisfied. I still watched another week, and it started to grow on me. I've got 4 weeks down, and I'm liking it. There is a lot more audiance influence. You can vote for what the house guests have to do in the house, wear, eat, etc. You can ask questions via Twitter. The houseguests ask questions and you get to vote on the answer, and most important the viewers do the voting on who leaves the house. It's only a one day a week commitment, and ABC has the full episodes on the website, plus they run free live feeds at different times throughout the day.

It won't change my love for Big Brother though. I've watched every season and for the last several seasons have followed with the live feeds.  To me the BB House is a micro version of real life.  Different cultures, different personalities, all having to deal with each other.