House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show

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House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show
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Genre Reality/Talk Show
Starring Gretchen Massey
Marcellas Reynolds (2004-2006)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
Production
Executive producer(s) Alison Gronder
Running time 30–40 minutes
Release
Original network CBS.com
Original release July 7, 2004 – September 17, 2008
Chronology
Related shows Big Brother (U.S.)
Big Brother: After Dark

House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show (also known as House Calls) is a spin-off of the American reality television series Big Brother. The program is a live Internet talk show hosted by Gretchen Massey and focuses on events in the Big Brother house as well as taking phone calls from viewers. The show started in 2004 during Big Brother 5 with Marcellas Reynolds as host/co-host, and became quite popular. House Calls aired during the fifth through tenth seasons of Big Brother.[1]

Format[edit]

In each show Gretchen and a guest host talk and answer viewer questions about events in the "Big Brother" household. Viewers are also able to send in emails to the show which are read on air and subscribers of the live Internet feed are able to submit questions to be chosen as the "SuperPass Question of the Week" which is discussed by the hosts. After each eviction, the evicted HouseGuest would join the hosts and answer viewer questions.[2][3]

During Big Brother: All-Stars the format was changed to include special guest hosts. This was due to former regular host Marcellas Reynolds being a HouseGuest that season. Marcellas didn't return for subsequent seasons, citing budget cuts at CBS Interactive.[4] For Big Brother 8 a new feature called "Time Capsule" was introduced. The "Time Capsule" was where the HouseGuest leaves a message for him/herself prior to start of the season.[5] "Time Capsule" was previously used in the Internet talk show Survivor Live.

Big Brother 8 controversy[edit]

Due to controversial behavior and remarks expressed by certain HouseGuests during Big Brother 8, evicted HouseGuests that were part of the Big Brother Jury could no longer be interviewed by the press or appear on House Calls and The Early Show while being sequestered.[6][7] A statement from Big Brother was released and was read by Gretchen on air:

We have made jury members of Big Brother available to the press the past few seasons always with the proviso that their questions not inform the ejected HouseGuest of influences outside his or her personal experience in the House. This season several cast members have made either offensive statements or exhibited controversial behavior, we respect journalist interests and rights to pose questions about these statements but believe at the same time doing so could provide information that influences the final vote and potential outcome of this twelve-week competition. For that reason the remaining jurors will not be made available to the media for the duration of the program. They will be made available to the press after the Big Brother finale on September 18th.[6][7]

During Big Brother 10, members of the jury in sequester could still appear on the show, but live phone calls were not taken. Instead, questions were sent in, and only appropriate questions were chosen to interview the evicted jury member. This was to ensure that the interview would not influence the jury member's vote.

Guest hosts[edit]

Beginning with Big Brother: All-Stars, House Calls has featured guest hosts alongside Gretchen Massey. During Big Brother: All-Stars and Big Brother 8 guest hosts would host for one episode up to an entire week with few regular guest hosts returning during the season multiple times. Starting with Big Brother 9 there were four main guest hosts with one hosting a different day with the exception of Dick Donato who hosted two days a week.

Big Brother 7: All-Stars
Big Brother 8
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Big Brother 9
Daniele Donato[18] Kaysar Ridha[19] Dick Donato[20] Bunky Miller[21]
Big Brother 10
Daniele Donato Bunky Miller Sheila Kennedy Dick Donato Kaysar Ridha Evicted Houseguest

Cancellation[edit]

It was announced before Big Brother 11 premiered July 9, 2009 that House Calls had been canceled, due to the fact the show could not find a sponsor. The evicted BB11 houseguests appeared on Inside Dish with Ross Matthews after their evictions during the 2009 season. There was no direct affiliate to interview the evicted housemates during Big Brother 12 and Big Brother 13, but beginning with the 14th season, Big Brother 11 and 13 contestant Jeff Schroeder interviewed the evicted houseguests on CBS's website.[22]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CBS AND REALNETWORKS BRING "BIG BROTHER 5" LIVE TO THE INTERNET — PREMIERING TONIGHT!". RealNetworks/CBS. 2004-07-06. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  2. ^ "CBS.COM: THE ULTIMATE DESTINATION FOR "BIG BROTHER 6"". The Futon Critic/CBS. 2005-07-06. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  3. ^ "CBS'S SUMMER OF "BIG BROTHER" ON-AIR (CBS), ONLINE (REALNETWORKS, CBS.COM AND THE CBS AUDIENCE NETWORK), ON THE PHONE (CBS MOBILE) AND NEW THIS SUMMER - ON SHOWTIME!". The Futon Critic/CBS. 2006-06-11. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  4. ^ Claustro, Lisa (2007-06-27). "Marcellas Reynolds Not Returning to House Calls". BuddyTV. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  5. ^ Gretchen Massey (2007-08-17). "Big Brother 8 - House Calls 8.17.07". House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show. CBS.com. 
  6. ^ a b http://www.cbs.com/primetime/bigbrother8/video/hc.php?wk=9&v=5 |url= missing title (help). House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show. Season 4. Episode 41. 2007-08-31. 
  7. ^ a b Mitovich, Matt Webb (August 31, 2007). "Big Brother Lockdown! Evictees Off-limits to Press". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on November 14, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  8. ^ Gretchen Massey (2006-07-10). "Big Brother 7 - House Calls 7.10.06". House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show. CBS.com. 
  9. ^ Gretchen Massey (2006-07-17). "Big Brother 7 - House Calls 7.17.06". House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show. CBS.com. 
  10. ^ Gretchen Massey (2006-08-07). "Big Brother 7 - House Calls 8.07.06". House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show. CBS.com. 
  11. ^ Gretchen Massey (2006-09-12). "Big Brother 7 - House Calls 9.12.06". House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show. CBS.com. 
  12. ^ Gretchen Massey (2006-09-13). "Big Brother 7 - House Calls 9.13.06". House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show. CBS.com. 
  13. ^ Gretchen Massey (2007-07-12). "Big Brother 8 - House Calls 7.12.07". House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show. CBS.com. 
  14. ^ Gretchen Massey (2007-07-09). "Big Brother 8 - House Calls 7.09.07". House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show. CBS.com. 
  15. ^ Gretchen Massey (2007-07-10). "Big Brother 8 - House Calls 7.10.07". House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show. CBS.com. 
  16. ^ Gretchen Massey (2007-08-06). "Big Brother 8 - House Calls 8.06.07". House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show. CBS.com. 
  17. ^ Gretchen Massey (2007-08-31). "Big Brother 8 - House Calls 8.31.07". House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show. CBS.com. 
  18. ^ Gretchen Massey (2008-02-25). "Big Brother 9 - House Calls 2.25.08". House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show. CBS.com. 
  19. ^ Gretchen Massey (2008-02-26). "Big Brother 9 - House Calls 2.26.08". House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show. CBS.com. 
  20. ^ Gretchen Massey (2008-02-21). "Big Brother 9 - House Calls 2.21.08". House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show. CBS.com. 
  21. ^ Gretchen Massey (2008-02-29). "Big Brother 9 - House Calls 2.29.08". House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show. CBS.com. 
  22. ^ http://cbs.com/bigbrother