I know I'm not the only one who is counting down the days until Big Brother 16 begins. CBS has released the names, photos, and bios of the Big Brother 16 cast, adding, "Big Brother to debut its MOST TWISTED season ever!"
Twist Number One: Two houseguests will win Head of Household each week. Each HoH will nominate two houseguests for eviction every week. For the first time ever, winning HoH will not guarantee safety for the week.
Twist Number Two: A new interactive element to the game, Team America, will give fans power to influence the game. Twist Number Three: A new competition, Battle of the Block, will dramatically shift the power in the house each week.
“When the houseguests learn about the new twists, they will need to throw out any pre-existing strategy if they want to survive in the game,” promisedAllison Grodner. “The new Battle of the Block competition will shake up the power in the house like never before – a houseguest can go from zero to hero – or vice versa – every week!"
VH1 announced the new Couples Therapy cast late last week. Season five will feature former porn star Jenna Jameson & John Wood, Big Brother's Dick Donato & Stephanie Rogness-Fischer, former Jersey Shore star Deena Cortese & Chris Buckner, and Naughty By Nature's Treach & Cicely Evans. As a huge fan of Big Brother, I am looking forward to seeing Evel Dick again!
Not impressed with the cast? Ess okay, there's more!
According to E!, Bachelor mistake Juan Pablo Galavis and his chosen one Nikki Ferrell have joined the cast, but they were not mentioned in the press release due to Juan's contract. "It's true they're doing it," confirmed a source. "The reason it wasn't put in the press release is due to Juan Pablo's deal with ABC. It's not up until August, so, contractually, it can't be mentioned until then."
With all the new and returning reality TV shows headed our way this summer, we thought we'd take a minute to weed through the mess and try to gauge which ones our readers are anticipating the most. There are so many to choose from that surely our DVRs are going to be smoking by July! That's assuming that most of you will be recording shows to watch in the evening since you'll be outdoors this summer, enjoying some fresh air, sandy beaches and fruity drinks. But of course you'll have your phone along on those long hikes and whilst lounging in your lawn chair so you can read Reality Tea while getting your exercise and rest, right? We hope so!
Making their debuts this summer are a slew of new shows that include Kandi's Wedding, Bachelor in Paradise,LeAnn & Eddie (unless VH1 cancels it before it even starts..), Ladies of London, Little Women LA and so many more! We also have a handful of returning shows – like Real Housewives of New Jersey (so excited!), Big Brother (voyeurs raise your hands!), Sister Wives, Don't Be Tardy and others.
Take our polls below to tell us which shows are at the top of your reality TV viewing list! And tell us in the comments which ones you're hoping that we cover here on the site.
Big Brother's Britney Haynes recently expressed frustration over inaccurate information on the internet about daughter Tilly's health. On December 12, co-star Shane Meanley tweeted, "Answered prayers for Britney and her family! Surgery wasn't required for Tilly and the doctors believe the cancer is all gone." Britney took to her personal blog last week to explain why she was upset (not with Shane) – and to give fans an official update on Tilly.
Britney confirmed her family checked into St. Jude's Hospital on December 9. "We had traveled to St. Jude’s for Tilly’s resection surgery," she added. "After completing further scans, they determined that the surgery was ultimately too risky for the potential benefits and decided not to operate. So rather than spending the next week in ICU, we were on our way home the next day! Ryan and I were absolutely thrilled with this news. It was really more than either of us could have asked, given that we were informed at the beginning of her protocol that additional surgery would be involved."
As if her delusions of grandeur aren't troublesome enough already – Farrah Abraham has been named Google's most searched for reality TV star in 2013.
According to Google Zeitgeist, the search phrases "farrah abraham backdoor", "farrah abraham video", "farrah abraham tape", and "farrah abraham full" were wildly popular between May 5 and May 11. Gross. Considering Vivid released the Teen Mom star's porn video on May 6, I'm willing to bet the vast majority of Farrah's fans were more interested in her backdoor than her reality star status.
In the good news department, interest in Farrah (via Google anyway) has been declining since July. Also? Kim Kardashian ranked a lot lower on the list than I would have guessed. My heart sings! However, Teen Mom and Kardashian stories constantly end up at the top of Reality Tea's most viewed list, so neither Farrah nor Kim is going to fade into obscurity anytime soon. Unfortunately.
Big Brother's Britney Haynes recently shared the above picture of daughter Tilly, who is currently battling cancer, "Happy four month birthday to the sweetest, bravest, most amazing little girl in the world. You make my heart full!"
Tilly's cancer diagnosis leaked out before Britney was ready for the attention, sadly, but she ultimately decided to start the blog Together for Tilly for friends, family, and fans to stay up to date on Tilly's journey.
"My little girl was 7 weeks and 1 day old when we rushed her to the ER," shared Britney. "We had been making regular visits to the pediatrician for weeks trying to figure out why she seemed so unwell. I researched like a crazy person for answers, but everything that I found pointed to normal baby behavior and I was constantly reassured she would grow out of this fussy phase. I held onto those words while we waited for answers. We found out at 4 a.m. on Labor Day that she had cancer."
Courtney Stodden appeared on Bethenny Frankel's talk show today – and she confessed, "I don't read or write." On the heels of this shocking admission, Bethenny proceeded to grill Jessica Rabbit Courtney about a future in porn.
Bethenny asked Courtney about her next step, adding, "A lot of people go from controversial to a porn career." Courtney shot down any talk about porn. "I really want to focus on me," she shared. "I've learned that I need to be 19. I need to do what regular girls do."
Bethenny quipped, "You don't look like a regular girl," to which Courtney said, "Maybe don't judge a book by its cover." Touché.