Big Brother 20 is premiering on CBS a little bit later this summer and there is absolutely a lot to be excited about in between the drama, the strategy, and hopefully the people. Yet, this show is far from a perfect one. (The past two seasons are, by and large, proof of that.) There are some parts of the show that could be improved, regardless of what happens within the context of the game itself, and there are lessons that could be learned from elsewhere — most notably, Big Brother Canada to the north.
In particular, there are three simple things that the CBS should look at as they continue to model the upcoming season to be the best it can possibly be.
1. Casting – It’s rather interesting in that Canada, despite having a significantly fewer amount of people, typically ends up producing a better crop of houseguests. Why is that? We think that the executives at CBS for whatever reason prefer a more rigid set of archetypes. That doesn’t happen in Canada and often the same casting team is involved for both shows. It would behoove someone to tell an executive that we don’t need a college athlete from the Texas A&M area, someone with a thick southern accent, a surfer type who looks like they were just carted over from Venice Beach, or a beauty queen/cheerleader on every single season.
2. Competitions – Despite being around for a longer period of time, we often find the American show to have somewhat ho-hum challenges compared to the Canadian version. There’s are often more vibrant and varied in terms of style and skill set. Even the simple ones, such as the drink-throwing Head of Household from this past season, are a lot of fun. The more you can encourage interaction during a competition (at least not in a particularly spiteful way), the better.
3. The house itself – The Canadian house is often a thing of beauty, whether it be in its layout to how it often matches up so well with the theme. The US house has a little bit of catching up to do. We think that the kitchen and bathroom areas especially need a complete overhaul since they feel like the same thing almost every year; the living room and Head of Household room are fairly iconic at this point, but everything else could be completely re-modified.
Related – The latest season 20 progress report!
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