What CBS Should Learn from 'Big Brother 10'
What CBS Should Learn from 'Big Brother 10'
We are now less than two weeks away from Big Brother 10's season finale.  It has been a successful season, enjoyed by fans and receiving steady ratings throughout the season.  By all indications, Big Brother will be back for an eleventh season, most likely next summer.  With only a handful of episodes left, it is now time to take stock of what made Big Brother 10 a good season, and how CBS and Allison Grodner can improve the series for its eleventh go-around.  Big Brother is an ever-evolving show, a little more so than your average reality competition series.  Every season is a learning experience and, given the events of Big Brother 10, there are a few things that CBS should should take away from the season as they prepare for Big Brother 11.

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A Season Without Twists Works

You don't need twists.  If they work out, fine.  If you have a really good idea that you know fans are going to love, fine.  But, as this twist-less season has shown us, Big Brother can do just fine without them.  It's much worse to force something rash into a season, especially in one where the characters are enough to entertain the masses.  And, after all, twists never seem to have the desired consequences.  Last season's “bringing back an evicted houseguest” idea crashed and burned, leaving the house in exactly the same shape as it was in one week before.  Twists, while fun in theory, aren't a requirement for a successful season.

Idiots Need Not Apply

This is an issue I've harped on for some time.  It can't be that difficult to screen the potential houseguests to the point where CBS knows whether they're dealing with mental midgets or not.  There's absolutely no reason that Amber or Natalie or Jessie should have made it on to Big Brother.  The show could have easily found similar archetypes with higher cranial functionality.  This season Jessie was probably the dimmest bulb in the house, and I can understand why he was cast.  A naïve, yet arrogant bodybuilder is an enticing house ingredient.  However, LA is full of those types of people, ones surely willing to be on a national reality show.  If, and this is certainly a possibility, CBS has cast the frail-minded on purpose, thinking that their overall ineptitude would add to the show, they are wrong.  Big Brother is best when played by people who can think.  Jerry, while not the smartest man in the world, isn't that bad, especially when you factor his age into the mix.  Everyone else still remaining in the Big Brother house is relatively intelligent, and have showed it in how they've played the game.  This isn't Flavor of Love – CBS doesn't need their houseguests to do stupid things.  In actuality, the audience wants them to do smart things. 

It's OK to Cast More Old People

This has been, in my eyes, the best part of Big Brother 10.  I never liked the idea of having older people on reality shows, and thought that the token old-ish person Big Brother often threw in was pointless.  But, this season, I've been proven wrong.  Like him or not, Jerry has added a different dimension to Big Brother, and it's interesting watching one generation attempt to interact with another.  And then there's Renny, who has been great.  She struck me as annoying early in the season, but now I kind of love her.  Who wouldn't want to spend a night with Renny bouncing around the French Quarter?  Renny's like that crazy aunt who takes you to R-rated movies and buys you alcohol when you're underage.  Big Brother does not, in any real way, rely on physical ability (save for challenges, but often winning challenges can hurt you in the game), so it's not burdensome to haveolder houseguests. 

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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