Category Archives: Pre-Season

Lights. Camera. 3. . . 2. . . 1. . .

With only hours until the premiere this BBCanada fan is too excited for words. The Feed page at www.bigbrothercanada.slice.ca is up and looking great, and will be LIVE after the episode ends BBC time. ::crosses fingers::

 
I may also be still Misted from my conversation yesterday with the one and only Dan Gheesling (One of the Greatest-Freaking-Moments-of-My-Life) in Toronto at the SLOP TRUCK!  Yes, an actual food truck serving authentic Big Brother Canada Slop. It’s not the exact same as the BBUS series, but I’ve been assured that the taste is dead on. There’s an App for that – or a really expensive food taster who recreated it especially for us.

 
The slop was available with three different toppings, of which I tried two. Saying no to hot sauce, I opted for the classic maple syrup and one with chocolate chips. Feeling brave, I avoided the chocolate chips in favor of a spoonful of plain slop. Really shouldn’t have done that. The moment I put the cold gelatinous glop in my mouth – ::shudders:: I don’t want to think about it. It wasn’t good.

 
The maple syrup saved my life (stomach, actually) since it was in a puddle on the top of the other Cup-O’-Slop, I quickly scooped it up (along with more slop granules I would later find in my teeth) to wash the heavy mineral/oat/gritty/chalky-ness out of my mouth. It went down and stayed, thank goodness. Then I made my cameraman (BB Loving Father) try it, too. After a truly beautiful look of disgust (that only a daughter can truly enjoy) he choked out “It didn’t taste like chicken.”

 
There’s a lot more to come today, and in the next 10 weeks, so keep an eye out for coverage here. From my interview with Dan yesterday, to feed updates, personal opinion blogs (you want to write one, send a sample to me), Pictures, Video & More.

 
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Big Brother Canada CAST!!

Today, the pics and bio’s of Big Brother Canada’s cast came out, and we finally got to see who the guinea pigs will be. As we know, the cast is the most important part of the game and coming up with the right personalities is imperative. Here, we get a glimpse of the people we’ll be watching for the next 3 months. Let’s take a look…..

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BBCanada – Coming Together, Coming Soon

With Big Brother Canada just around the corner things are starting to come together, like this site.

Slice has announced there will be FREE 24/7 FEEDS starting after the February 27th premier, 15 house guests and a great Canadian-ized season of Big Brother. I, personally expect to see lots of red & white, maple leafs, hockey and probably some sticky maple syrup.

We have a host, Arisa Cox, known for such things as E!News Canada, the CBC News Network, the film Camp Rock 2 and even has experience as a year-long live-in house guest on the early BB-ish Canadian reality show, The Lofters. With her television experience, she’ll no doubt be a great host and says that she will also be an avid fan during the season, magnified by her past reality show involvement.

“I feel like I’m bringing something else to the table. It’s not just, ‘Oh wow, I’m not like you. I would never go on a show like this’,” says Cox. “I’ve been on a show like that; I’ve been those people trying to survive a really surreal place. So, I feel like I’m one of them, even though I’m not.”

Cox also hinted that she already knew who the house guests are going to be, so maybe there will be a cast reveal in the near future. Follow the announcements here, and talk about your thoughts with other fans on our Chat Board.

I, for one, can’t wait to see who the guinea pigs will be in this highly anticipated first season of Canada’s OWN Big Brother.

“Fasten Your Seatbelts”, says John Brunton EP of BBCanada

Last year I had the chance to talk to Executive Producer John Brunton at the Toronto Big Brother Canada Casting Call. While still in the middle of designing and building the house, he shared some of his thoughts about casting and expectations for the upcoming season with me. Apparently, it’s going to be wild.

 

Interview of John Brunton – Executive Producer, Big Brother Canada

 By Jayde K Ironside

Big Brother Canada Casting Call – Toronto

October 14, 2012

 

Jayde K Ironside: Hi, can I just get you to introduce yourself?

John Brunton: Sure, my name is John Brunton and I’m the Executive Producer of Big Brother Canada.

JKI: So you’re with Insight?

JB: Yes, Insight Productions is a company that I own.

JKI: And you’re taking care of the feeds?

JB: Yes.

JKI: My favorite part of the summers. So, how do you feel about merging television and Internet and bringing the longest running Internet Television show, Big Brother, to Canada?

JB: You know, the world has changed so dramatically and social media is part of every single program we do now, it is part of every discussion every day regarding every show. But this is sort of the ultimate social media show. In that once the TV show ends there is non-stop in a fishbowl 24/7; an opportunity for fans to connect with a program that’s very different than, I think, any other show on television. So I think that for Shaw and for Insight it’s going to take our play in social media to a whole new level.

JKI: Are you excited?

JB: Yeah! It’s going to be so much fun. We’ve cast a number of different shows over our careers, all different kinds of shows. From Idol to Project Runway to Top Chef, but casting a show like this is an entirely different experience and it’s a whole different kind of criteria. And then the mix of having just the right formula, the right stew, with just the right spice to make that house really fly and really work is incredibly exciting. And you can see by the turn outs  we’ve got here in Canada, we’ve been actually attracting larger audiences to our audition process than they have in the United States, so it’s kinda’ cool. ‘Cause we only have a lousy 33 Million people that live in this country, and they’ve got 315 Million.

JKI: Do you have the numbers for that?

JB: The numbers, I think we’ll have somewhere between 1500 and 2000 people come here today; we had over a thousand in Vancouver, so on and so forth. We were told to expect hundreds, not thousands and we will literally have seen thousands of people across Canada. Every kind of human species you can imagine; every ethnic background, every kind of sexual orientation and a few that I didn’t even know existed. So, we’re having a ball – a blast.

JKI:  It’s really a challenge, trying to find all the puzzle pieces to work together and meld in to a house.  With all the varied people who are auditioning, how do you pick?

JB: Well, we want the show to be uniquely Canadian, we also want to learn from all the great seasons that they’ve had in the United States and in the UK and in other parts of the world. We want to really represent. You know every country has got its own character and personality; Canada’s very different than the United States, it’s very different than the UK, and so we want to be the penultimate Canadian version of Big Brother. We’re really multicultural; we have a different kind of liberal view of certain things. Gay marriage is legal in Canada; it’s not in the United States, it’s a very contentious issue in the United States; it’s a non-issue in Canada. Things like this may play in to the casting decisions that we make and I’m sure they will. The main thing we have to do is really represent Canada and also have a really really exciting, vibrant show that people can’t take their eyes off of; that you just want to follow these people week in, week out. I’ve been spending time with Boogie here today and you can understand why that guy was such a big star on the US show. He’s really charismatic and he’s fun and he’s social, he’s a great guy. And we look to have our Canadian version of Boogie’s and all the rest of them.

JKI: So, what’s your estimated reach with this? Who do you hope to get on the bandwagon?

JB: Well, we’d like obviously, everybody. We’re really lucky, and you can tell by the auditions that we’ve been throwing across the country that there’s an enormous fan base for Big Brother that already exists, so obviously we want all those people. But then, because it’s a Canadian version we think that people will sample our show that haven’t been watching the US show. So we want to hook those people as well. We’re playing to the base, like Obama, and then on top of that we’re really looking to expand our base and invite a whole bunch of new fans to join our household.

JKI: How will Big Brother Canada differ from its counterpart in the US?

JB: You know a lot of the challenges are going to be specifically Canadian; you’re not going to see a curling challenge or a hockey challenge in the Unites States or in the UK.

JKI: They did a hockey one last time.

JB: Yeah, they did steal from Canada. You’re going to see people in a hot tub with snow. Our show is going to be on in the winter and we are a classic Nordic country, you know, the cool clear north. So that’s going to be represented in the personality of the program. I think that the number one difference from the start is who we cast in the house. By definition they’re Canadian, so that’s going to be probably the most Canadian thing about the show is that we’re casting Canadians that are going to represent who we are. Then we’re going to have Canadian challenges, the design of the house is Canadian, if you will – but not stereotypical. It’s not like a log cabin or a chalet in the mountains. It’s got its own very cool design characteristics.

JKI: I can’t wait to see it.

JB: It’s going to be great.

JKI: So, any last thoughts that you would like to share with the fans?

JB: Yeah, I think you should tell the fans to strap on their seat belts and get ready for maybe the wildest season of Big Brother than anybody’s ever seen.

JKI: Thank you very much.

JB: You’re welcome.

 

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