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Big Brother 9


Big Brother 9 (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)



Big Brother 9 (also known as Big Brother: 'Til Death Do You Part) is the ninth edition of the American reality television series Big Brother, that aired on the CBS television network on February 12, 2008 to April 27, 2008. Julie Chen returned as host, and Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan were the executive producers. The show was produced by Endemol USA and Allison Grodner Productions.

This was the first season in the show's history to air in winter, during the regular television season, a move prompted by the network's lack of programming options caused by a writer's strike. It was also the first season to be simply called Big Brother, without mention of the season number or the year it was aired.

There were sixteen HouseGuests competing for the grand prize, an increase over previous seasons. Two previous evicted HouseGuests returned to the game, Sharon returned on Day 7 to replace Neil who left earlier that day. James was given the opportunity to return on Day 35 by votes from the other HouseGuests. This is the first season to feature two previous evictees returning to the House and the third overall to have evicted HouseGuests return.

Pre-season

Following the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike, the trade magazine Variety reported that CBS, in response, was considering airing a winter edition of Big Brother, and that the network started cast auditions. Several sites speculated that the winter edition could have been an American version of Celebrity Big Brother but this was untrue as CBS released a statement that the next edition of Big Brother would be a regular season following the format of past editions. The season was announced on November 15, 2007 with open casting calls being held from November 17, 2007 to December 8, 2007. The finalists for the season were chosen on December 27, 2007.

Broadcasts

On December 3, 2007 CBS announced Big Brother 9 would return on February 12, 2008 with three episodes airing on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Showtime and CBS announced on January 8, 2008 that Big Brother: After Dark would also return and air seven nights a week during the hours of 12 AM and end at 3 AM ET. On February 11, 2008 CBS announced that the live Internet feeds would return for the season with certain events in the House being blocked out to preserve drama of the television broadcasts. The Internet talk show House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show would also return with host Gretchen Massey. A new feature for Big Brother 9 was the addition of watching the live Internet feeds and new episode of Big Brother live on MediaFLO enabled cell phones. Big Brother 9 was broadcast in the United Kingdom on E4 airing two one-hour episodes on Thursday nights and one one-hour episode on Tuesday nights, the first episode was shown on February 14 with the finale shown on April 29, 2008.

HouseGuests

See List of Big Brother 9 HouseGuests (U.S.) for more information

For the first time in Big Brother history, 16 HouseGuests entered the House to compete for the grand prize. This is the first time since Big Brother 5 that there has been an increase in the number of HouseGuests over the previous season.

One of two twists this season was that each HouseGuest was paired with a soulmate and the pairs shared Head of Household and Power of Veto wins and were evicted together until the end of Week 3. A second twist was that an evicted HouseGuest from Weeks 1-4 would return to the House on Day 35. This is the first season to see two previous evictees re-enter the House after being evicted.

Name Age Occupation Home town
Adam Jasinski 34 Public Relations Manager Delray Beach, Florida
Alex Coladonato 29 DJ Company Owner Staten Island, New York
Allison Nichols 33 Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Boston, Massachusetts
Amanda Hansen 28 Paralegal Fridley, Minnesota
Chelsia Hart 25 College Student Cedar Falls, Iowa
Jacob Heald 28 Electrician Dallas, Georgia
James Zinkand 25 Cyclist Sarasota, Florida
Jen Diturno 31 Bartender Columbus, Ohio
Joshuah Welch 30 Advertising Media Buyer Dallas, Texas
Matt McDonald 28 Roofing Foreman Charlestown, Massachusetts
Natalie Cunial 33 Bikini Barista Salem, Oregon
Neil Garcia 34 Realtor Los Angeles, California
Parker Somerville 31 Paparazzo Northridge, California
Ryan Quicksall 32 College Student Columbus, Ohio
Sharon Obermueller 28 Realtor Olathe, Kansas
Sheila Kennedy 50 Former Model Reseda, California
^ Contestant's age as of 2012

Highlights

Each week in the Big Brother House is summarized in the table on the main page. A typical week began with the Head of Household competition during the live Wednesday episode and ended with the eviction of a HouseGuest during the following Wednesday's episode. The next "week" immediately started after the eviction with the next Head of Household competition. Evictions, competitions, and other noteworthy events for a particular week are noted. Some of the events listed may not be in order of sequence.

Big Brother House

House pictures were released on February 6, 2008. The House has an outdoors theme due to this being the first season to air during the winter season.

Throughout the House, there are numerous love quotes written by Oscar Wilde, William Shakespeare, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. In the dining room and kitchen, the furniture are in bright red and yellow colors, and logs stacked against each other fill up a wall. The walkway to the Head of Household room evokes a giant library. The Head of Household room is an exotic island oasis. The headboard is made from a surfboard, there are Hula girl table lamps, rattan carpet and Polynesian knickknacks. The boat bedroom features shelves and chests designed to resemble small rowboats with rowboat shaped beds. Two large beds made of actual unfinished tree branches with pink bedspreads fill another room. The living room features a giant green semi-circular sofa, and a stone wall fireplace. A red colored room connected directly to the living room by a short hallway, with no doors, has a pair of pullout couches rather than actual beds. New this season is a Spa room complete with a massage table, two-person sauna and lounge.

Outside, there is a hot tub and pool, a billiards table and lounge area. The lounge area features a fire pit and heated lamps. Along with work-out equipment, there are lawn chairs to lay out in the sun.

Prizes

The HouseGuests compete for a grand prize of $500,000 and a runner-up prize of $50,000. In addition to the grand prize and the runner-up prize, various smaller prizes were offered throughout the game. Most of the time the prizes were given out during Power of Veto competitions or Luxury competitions.

In week one, during the Power Couple competition "Falling for You"; Jen & Parker won $10,000. During the Power of Veto competition "Color of Veto" on Day 30; Adam won a motorcycle and Ryan won $10,000. On Day 43 during a Luxury competition, Chelsia, Joshuah, Sharon and Sheila won an advanced screening of the Columbia Pictures film 21. On Day 45, Chelsia won a $21,000 VIP trip to Las Vegas before the screening of the film 21, in which her popcorn bucket had a golden ticket for the prize. On Day 44, when Big Brother 8 contestant "Evel Dick" Donato returned to the Big Brother House to host the Power of Veto competition "Club Evel", if a player scored more than Dick's score of 33 from last season, he or she would have also won a classic Gibson Les Paul guitar and amplifier. Since no one beat his score, Dick won the guitar for himself. During the second Luxury competition of the season on Day 71, Ryan and Sharon won an in-house screening of the 20th Century Fox film What Happens in Vegas..., a VIP experience that includes a shopping spree and tickets to the May 1 premiere of the film in Hollywood, and a chance to meet the cast at an after party. On the season finale, James won $25,000 by America's choice.

Controversy and criticism

Autism United, a national autism group, demanded an apology from CBS over controversial remarks made by HouseGuest Adam Jasinski. During the second episode, Adam stated he worked for an autism foundation and would spend his winnings on a hair salon for people with developmental disabilities "so retards can get it together and get their hair done". Sheila, who was his partner in the house, found his remarks highly offensive. Adam replied with saying "can call them whatever I want because he work[s] with them all day". In a letter obtained by TMZ from John Gilmore, Executive Director of Autism United to Sumner Redstone, Chairman of CBS Corporation, Gilmore demanded action be taken after the Wednesday episode. Gilmore claimed that the network chose to air the segment for "their own personal goals." The organization also called for the show to be canceled and the organization has contacted advertisers over the issue. Due to the controversy, Lowe's has decided not to advertise during future Big Brother episodes, but it was unclear whether or not they were currently advertising during the program. Autism United has also contacted other advertisers, such as Campbell's Soup, Claritin, Geico, McDonald's and Taco Bell. Autism United and various parents in South Florida are calling for an investigation into Adam Jasinski and the United Autism Foundation. The organization claims to be a 501 c3 charity (deductions made to the organization would be considered tax deductible under current IRS regulations.) The website for United Autism Foundation has an apology regarding Adam's behavior and states he will no longer be working for the company.



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