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Posted Feb 1, 2013 @ 11:31 AM

Premiering February 27 on Slice. Airing Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Hosted by Arisa Cox. Apparently, the live feed will be free.

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Can I just say that I hate Shaw Media's practice of putting Canadian version of their show on their cable stations while the US version continues to air on Global, their main station? They did the same thing with Wipeout. Even CTV has the decency to air their homegrown version in their main channel.
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Posted Feb 1, 2013 @ 10:30 PM

From the look of it, this version is going to follow the US model rather than the original Dutch/UK/Australian model, which means that we'll all finally find out whether Canadians are REALLY all that polite! ;)

All kidding aside, I'm intrigued as to how it will play out. Did anyone notice that Chilltown is actually giving advice to BBCanada?
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Posted Feb 6, 2013 @ 4:46 PM

I've done a little speculating on the soon-to-be-revealed cast. I'm actually getting quite excited about this show!
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Posted Feb 6, 2013 @ 10:13 PM

Since it looks like BB Canada is using the same casting agent as the US version, I can see that cast speculation fitting completely.

I wonder how the backyard will be, since the show will take place (or at least premiere) during winter.
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Posted Feb 7, 2013 @ 1:52 PM

argrow, if you check out the photos of the house, it looks like the "backyard" in the BBUS house might be the basement of the BBCAN house (looks like an indoor pool). I'd assume they'll have an outdoor area for smokers, but I'd also suspect that there'll be outdoor heaters and that (other than to get some sunshine) it'll be the smokers predominantly using the area.

I applied to be on BBCAN and made it past the first stages, so I'm looking forward to seeing who got typecast for the role I wanted to play (the strategic, non-athletic superfan ... who would likely inevitably be terrible at the game). Do know that because I didn't make it, you won't be spending your winter listening to some guy tell recycled Norm Macdonald jokes.
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Posted Feb 7, 2013 @ 10:59 PM

I applied to be on BBCAN and made it past the first stages, so I'm looking forward to seeing who got typecast for the role I wanted to play (the strategic, non-athletic superfan ... who would likely inevitably be terrible at the game).



You wanted to be Ian or Ronnie?
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Posted Feb 8, 2013 @ 7:22 AM

legaleagle44, I didn't want to be Ian or Ronnie, I doubt anyone wants to be those guys. Just figure that super fans (both Big Brother and most of the time of Survivor) usually come off terribly on tv, so it'd probably be inevitable (but hopefully a far less whiny/awkward version).

Edited by sully26, Feb 8, 2013 @ 7:24 AM.

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Posted Feb 9, 2013 @ 9:41 PM

Will it be on here in the US?
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Posted Feb 10, 2013 @ 8:49 AM

LauraGilmore, I doubt it. It's being broadcast by one of the smaller Canadian channels (Slice TV - it might even be difficult for Canadians to find this channel). I'm sure you can search up episodes online, but watching it live and watching BBCAN After Dark will likely be difficult if you're not in Canada.
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Posted Feb 10, 2013 @ 7:45 PM

Ok. Thanks. I'm not sure i will bother trying that hard. But maybe!
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Posted Feb 20, 2013 @ 12:01 PM

Cast Reveal

I'm not really sure how I feel about the cast yet, need to see some interviews first.
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Posted Feb 20, 2013 @ 10:33 PM

So, the usual mix of contestants from Southern Ontario with a bit of BC, Alberta and Nova Scotia thrown in. Typical Canadian reality show casting.

Edited by argrow, Feb 20, 2013 @ 10:33 PM.

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Posted Feb 20, 2013 @ 11:36 PM

After looking at Gary Levy's picture, all I can say is that somewhere, Marcellas is laughing his ass off.
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Posted Feb 21, 2013 @ 12:21 AM

Seriously, I want him to be the first off! It will probably be the black girl or the native girl first, though. We all know how these things work.
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Posted Feb 21, 2013 @ 1:22 AM

I will say this, about half the cast is non-white which is refreshing considering how the US show is always cast--white, white, white, token, white, white etc.
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Posted Feb 21, 2013 @ 9:17 AM

I will say this, about half the cast is non-white which is refreshing considering how the US show is always cast--white, white, white, token, white, white etc.


I agree. I don't know much about Canada, and typical casting for their reality shows, but just on paper this is a more diverse cast than pretty much any season on the US version.
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Posted Feb 21, 2013 @ 9:43 AM

It's diverse, but it is full of the typical stereotypes. Thomas is a firefighter. Jillian is a school teacher. Gary is a fashion stylist. Peter is a superfan/geek. Suzette is a plus-sized mom. Danielle is an aspiring actress. Emmett is a farmer. Liza owns a tanning salon, etc.

The one who bugs me the most is Aneal. Does anyone remember "Fashion File Host Hunt"? The Indo-Canadians on that show were portrayed as go-getters who weren't as smart as they thought they were. Reading this guy's bio makes me believe that he's being set up for a big fall. I'm also bothered by Andrew because he's the oldest at thirty-eight and I went to the auditions pitching myself as a legitimate contender at forty-seven-years-old. I can tell by the photo that I could kick his doughy ass. Now I just want Robyn Kass to fall off the face of the earth.

Ahh, bitterness . . .
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Posted Feb 21, 2013 @ 9:52 PM

They couldn't get a Hantz, so they got someone from Hants County? Heh.

I do think it's interesting that two of them mention watching non-American BB series, though. And I love that they appear to have decided on casting a fun cast instead of a pretty cast - that's far and away the biggest problem I had with the relaunched Australian version last year.
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Posted Feb 22, 2013 @ 6:47 AM

I am not sure most of those things are stereotypes as much as they are simple descriptors. I watch a lot of reality TV and all of Big Brother US seasons, and I wouldn't say that farmer, plus sized mom, school teacher, tanning salon owner, or fashion stylist have shown up any where near enough to be stereotypes. I will concede superfan and aspiring actress. Student shows up a lot, but I think that like aspiring actress or actor it's simply a case of having the free time to go on the show
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Posted Feb 24, 2013 @ 11:15 AM

I obviously have too much free time, too, because I've been busy snarking about the show: Several Unfair Judgments About the Big Brother Canada Cast
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Posted Feb 25, 2013 @ 3:25 AM

It looks like the premiere will be shown on both Slice and Global this Wednesday at 9pm.
After that everything is relegated to only Slice since Global is too cool to air Canadian shows.

House Tour.
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Posted Feb 27, 2013 @ 12:40 AM

I don't like that host already and I've only seen her read some cue cards during the commercials for BB Canada.

Speaking of commercials, I thought the commercial featuring a beer belly lumberjack, female hockey player and Timmys server was kinda cute. I just don't understand how they can be advertising this to be the most explosive season ever and that we're going to show 'em how it's done.

How do they know that?
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Posted Feb 27, 2013 @ 12:58 AM

How do they know that?

They're comparing it to "The Trouble with Tracy."
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Posted Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:15 PM

I enjoyed the premiere for what it was. It doesn't have the over the top editing that BB USA is known for, but it was still enjoyable. The show definitely felt a bit rushed seeing introductions, HoH, nominations, and a veto all in the same hour episode.

Aside from Gary, nobody else really rubbed me off the wrong way, not yet anyway. Suzette's tears were a bit ridiculous though.

I've never watched any Canadian programs before, so I was bit shocked to see the lack of censoring.
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Posted Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:50 PM

I've never watched any Canadian programs before, so I was bit shocked to see the lack of censoring.


It's really not that uncommon outside the US - I'm not too sure about Canada itself but Australia's basic TV censorship rule is to put a warning before the episode (and a smaller warning - for example, L for coarse language and V for violence - in the corner of the screen shortly after each commercial), then let viewers decide whether they want to watch or not. Basically, it's the "if you're going to get offended by some tits and the F-word, don't watch" free speech approach rather than the "but what if bad parents let their kids stay up late on a school night?" censorship approach. (Yes, there's still things you can't get away with - the C-word, showing an erection or a non-simulated sex scene, et cetera - but there's far less of them.)

Plus Slice is cable, right?

Edited by SnideAsides, Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:53 PM.

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Posted Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:53 PM

They're comparing it to "The Trouble with Tracy."

I'm old enough to get that joke. Very funny!

I'm surprised I like so many of the contestants. Except for the annoying HoH and perhaps that loud mouth female bartender, who doesn't know when to shut up, I think I like just about everyone.
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Posted Feb 27, 2013 @ 11:03 PM

Where can I watch if I live in the US?
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Posted Feb 27, 2013 @ 11:22 PM

I know they have a live feed up on bigbrothercanada.ca but not sure if you can watch the show from there.

My first impressions, I actually liked it and enjoyed that twist as to how HoH was chosen. I don't know how she chose those nominees but it had to be somebody.

Not a fan at all of Gary. Way too over the top and I hope he goes soon.
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Posted Feb 28, 2013 @ 12:02 AM

I liked it! Even through my bitterness from not being cast, I liked it!

Some thoughts on the contestants so far:

Aneal: If his strategy is to float, he's not going to get far. He has a schemey vibe to him and I would already have my eye on him.

Anuj: His basement apartment was funny. He might be a good social player and he doesn't appear to be a big physical threat.

Andrew: I hate his guts. Desperation ain't a quality I'm looking for in a man, and apparently Jillian appeared to be running away from him already.

Jillian: She looks way better than she did in her casting photo (in fact, they all do). Unless she tries to become a ringleader, I believe that she'll go far.

Talla: She's sort of obnoxious, but if she's as funny as she thinks she is, I might like her.

Gary: Shut the hell up!

Emmett: He seems nice. I hope that he makes it out of this week alive. The editors did a hilarious job with the scene where he gets a warning from his gay brother about gay guys and then they cut to Gary.

Liza: I hated her even more than I did when I read her bio. She's wanted to be a reality show for her entire life! I suppose that this experience will allow her to segue into porn, which is sort of close to reality TV.

Peter: He's an ass.

Kat: I liked her. I hope that she's a competition monster because every season needs one.

Danielle: Barf!

Tom: I can't blame him for being upset for being on the block, but he seems like a humorless jerk that will just suck the life out of the show the longer he stays.

Suzette: I think that she made a brilliant decision by targeting the strong-looking guys when the girls are already outnumbered. I might have to reconsider when I see the replacement nominee.

Alec: He has a serious case of eye-wonk. I find him unpleasant to look at which shouldn't be the case for the eye-candy. My favorite part of the show was when he asked who was single and he put up his own hand, revealing his sweaty pit stains. As I don't sweat from my armpits whatsoever, I'm going to make that fact clear in next season's audition tape. It ought to count for something, right?

Topaz: She appeared to be playing a social game, talking to everyone. I believe that it will bode well for her.


And as for Arisa Cox, the host, my friend used to be her stylist on some show. I'm going to get her thoughts on that godawful top Arisa was wearing. Other than that, I didn't mind her. I prefer the camera angles that BBUS uses to film Julie Chen, though. They need to close up the shot.

Oh, and I did love that we've already seen six unitards on the show. Keep 'em coming!

Edited by Dolphincorn, Feb 28, 2013 @ 12:05 AM.

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Posted Feb 28, 2013 @ 9:04 AM

Where can I watch if I live in the US?

You can find it on YouTube.
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