Big Brother 19 interview: Allison Grodner on Halting Hex rule, Temptation Competition
Another week has gone by in the Big Brother 19 house, and with that it means that we have another Allison Grodner – CarterMatt interview! The show’s executive producer has been kind enough to talk with us every week after eviction night, and we’ve got another brief Q&A for you below.
This time around, we had a chance to get Grodner’s take on Jessica revealing the Halting Hex (sort of) on last night’s show, and also a clarification on who is eligible to compete for the next Head of Household. She also talks to us about the Temptation Competition, which is the latest twist in the game initiated by Jessica’s temptation. It really all comes back to her getting that Hex, doesn’t it?
CarterMatt – What excites you the most about bringing the Temptation Competition into the game? Will you be bummed if people don’t want to take part in it?
Allison Grodner – For the first time in Big Brother we have a competition that has both a big reward (safety) and a huge risk (instant nomination) to the people who choose to play. It is also exciting to have them make the decision in secret so it is possible that, when the players are revealed, only one person chooses to play and therefore wins safety automatically. This is a season of temptations and there is always a chance that no one chooses to be tempted. The possibility that no one chooses to play is part of the twist and could be an interesting reveal as well.
This question is mostly about the rules of the Halting Hex. If Jessica plays it this week, will she be eligible to compete in the next Head of Household? Or, will she still be treated again as the outgoing HOH and Paul will be able to compete?
The Halting Hex is separate from the HOH and the rules of the HOH. She will be eligible to play the week after it is used unless she is already HOH. Paul will be ineligible to play in the next HOH just as it would have been without the Hex.
When Jessica revealed that she had the Halting Hex at the end of the show, were you surprised she admitted it so quickly?
It was a pretty funny moment when the houseguests were almost waiting for Julie to confirm/deny if it was true. We were all a little surprised she chose that moment, but it was very dramatic. Since the temptation is given in secret, Julie and Big Brother cannot confirm it. The houseguests will only know for sure if Jessica has such a power when she chooses to use it.
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July 29, 2017 @ 2:21 am
I read Julie’s hesitation as waiting to see if she could call her out on the lie.
Grod’s claim this is an original idea is bulls–t. This is just a voted for Pandora’s box. It’s a huge win for production because they can just choose a “curse” that stirs up the most drama. Since they don’t publish that in advance they can further manipulate outcomes with it.
Jess’s questionable win of this particular DoT is going to be problematic for production in ways I don’t think they considered when they decided to give it to her.
July 28, 2017 @ 10:40 pm
Jessica said that she and Cody will be safe for the next “few” weeks. Few means at least three. Thus, she was a at best misleading the entire House on top of the fact that she already had embellished what she had when she spoke to Kevin. I can’t believe that you asked the producer about the “Halting Hex” and did not ask whether or not Jessica was going to have to “come clean” about what she really has. If no correction, then Jessica is “using production as strategy” (something that was prohibited when Mamma Day tried to do it).
July 29, 2017 @ 12:44 am
“Few” is a small number of something. Synonyms: a small number, a handful, one or two, a couple, two or three; not many, hardly any
July 29, 2017 @ 2:17 am
In the vernacular of the BB house, “pissed” does not mean the past tense of “to urinate”. Similarly, the Oxford/Webster’s dictionary definition of many words used would be misleading, if not downright absurd. According to the Urban Dictionary, a few “generally means three. No less than three can be slightly more. Three is the most common number associated with few.”
Likely it will make no difference. Because Jess was intentionally ambiguous and was clearly trying to convince Paul that her Temptation was more powerful than it is, she and Cody will likely be sitting “on the block” (i.e., chairs in the BB house, not a piece of property bordered by four streets) next to Jason. However, if she had been honest with Paul, he might have not nominated them and would’ve bought the extra “protected eviction” she sought.
July 29, 2017 @ 10:07 am
Few is more than two and two is a couple