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Sunday Ratings: ABC and NBC Split the Evening

The American Gladiators finale and the Knight Rider movie narrowly lost out to ABC in the viewers.  The Peacock network, though, did win in the demos.

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Big Brother 9: Autism Group Demands Apology From CBS

Posted by Jacci Lewis Categories: Prime Time, Reality, CBS, News,

Big Brother 9 AdamUPDATE: CBS officials issued the following statement in regards to controversial statements made about children with developmental disabilities by a house guest on Big Brother 9:

“We certainly find the statements made by Adam to be offensive, but believe they were countered by the immediate reaction of shock and condemnation from a fellow houseguest, Sheila [Kennedy]. Adam’s remarks would not have been permitted to air unchallenged.”

An offensive comment made by one of the contestants on TV’s has a national autism group demanding an apology from . Even more troubling, the man who made the comment is described on CBS’ website as a public relations manager for a Florida-based autism group.

The comment was made during the Season 9 premiere last Tuesday. John Gilmore, executive director of a different group called , says he has been trying to talk to CBS about the gaffe since the show aired but has had no luck. Now the group is trying to convince CBS advertisers to turn up the heat on the network.

The incident in question happened while , who says he works for the (UNIAF), was talking about how he would spend his Big Brother winnings. He told his partner on the show, Sheila, that he would use them to open a hair salon for people with developmental disabilities “so them retards can get it together and get their hair done.” The politically-insensitive word shocked Sheila, a 45-year-old former Penthouse Pet. She immediately demanded that he not use that term. Jasinski simply replied that he works with disabled kids all day long so it is okay.

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Big Brother 9: Secret Lovers Nominated For Eviction

Posted by Jacci Lewis Categories: Prime Time, Reality, CBS, Showtime, Editorial,

Big Brother If you’ve read my past two blogs on , you may remember me likening the subscription-based 24/7 Big Brother house feed to watching paint dry. My information was based entirely on past seasons. (No one needed to see an uncut version of Chicken George in BB season 1.)  Based on what I’ve been able to pinch off the internet for free this season though, boy was I wrong. In fact, it appears the most interesting things that happen in that house are too naughty to show on network TV.

First though lets talk about what happened on Night 3 in the PG-rated version on . The CliffsNotes version is that pair Amanda and Alex nominated Jen and Parker and Allison and Ryan for eviction.  This after Jen and Parker decided to tell everyone that Jen and Ryan are dating and have been for 9 months. They did it because they feared Allison would spill the secret first. In the end, all this dumb bit of strategy did was prove that both couples are a liability and that Jen is a loud-mouth pain in the butt.

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Wednesday Ratings: Viewers Less Interested in the Truth

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Big Brother 9: First Eviction Night

Posted by Jacci Lewis Categories: Prime Time, Reality, CBS, Features,

Big Brother JacobThe first eviction night this season for saw one unexpected couple go home and another take the reigns of power as the new Heads of Household.

First the eviction: Jen, the Ohio bartender and Parker, the celebrity photographer from Los Angeles won the sole power to evict in the premiere episode. It seemed pretty clear then that total mismatch couple, Sheila and Adam, would be sent packing. But in a strange twist of fate Jacob, the ex-Marine from Georgia proved that he is an even BIGGER tool than Adam. He took his unfortunate partner and bitter ex-girlfriend Sharon with him out the door.

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Big Brother 9: Exploring Co-Dependent Relationships

Posted by Jacci Lewis Categories: Prime Time, Reality, CBS, Showtime,

Big BrotherBig Brother 9: ‘Til Death Do Us Part premiered last night on CBS and either I’m desperate for entertainment or it actually looks like this might be an interesting season.  First off,  the concept of the game has shifted some. used to a be a random mix of people, stuck in an ugly house, cut-off from the outside world and surrounded by dozens of cameras and microphones that recorded every excruciating second.  They lied, cheated and formed unlikely alliances to survive but ultimately it was every man or woman for themselves.

They’re still in an ugly house, surrounded by cameras and microphones but now the game is all about the power of two. Each of the 16 house guests in Big Brother 9 had to undergo extensive personality testing. That information was used to romantically match them up with another house guest who could be their so-called “soulmate”. The new couples will sleep in the same bed, compete together to win “head of household” or “power couple” as it is now called. The couples will be evicted together or, for the final two, win together. The prize for surviving 3 months confined with people you’ve potentially grown to hate is $500,000.

Adding to the drama, four of the house guests know each other intimately. Sharon and Jacob, both 23, dated for 12 years until Jacob cheated on her. Neither knew the other would be in the Big Brother house. Jen and Ryan, both from Columbus, OH, live together and have been dating for 9 months. They DID know the other would be in the house but have to pretend to be strangers to avoid eviction.

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