Big Brother: 6 Big Wishes for Season 15

big-brother-15-300We’re (almost) ready to move in.

The 15th edition of Big Brother premieres tonight (8/7c, CBS). But first, we’ve got a few things on our wish list for the upcoming season.

1 | A BAN ON ALL ‘FLOATERS’ | Does anyone remember Season 13’s Lawon? How about last season’s Wil? Maybe Season 8’s Jameka will ring a few bells? For too many years, floaters – that is, contestants who don’t align with other players and make very few strategic moves – have gotten much further in the game than they deserve. (I’m looking at you, Season 13 runner-up Porsche!) With the aid of this summer’s new MVP twist, in which America can vote for who exhibits the best gameplay each week, floaters will (hopefully) be forced to make big moves. Considering the show is rooted in cutthroat strategy, that’s not too much to ask, right?

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2 | A LITTLE MORE LUXURY | Sure, luxury challenges aren’t always necessary – especially when the prize is a rare trip outside the house, for a helicopter ride or romantic getaway or something equally fast-forward-worthy. But it’s always fun when the houseguests are treated to a movie screening – and even better when the film’s stars show up to promote it. (Hey, remember when Neil Patrick Harris came to the BB house?)

3 | HoH ENDURANCE COMPETITIONS THAT ACTUALLY, Y’KNOW, ENDURE Don’t get me wrong: I love seeing the houseguests swing from tenuous ropes (while getting rained on/paintballed/tarred and feathered) just as much as the next sadistic BB viewer. But in recent seasons, endurance Head of Household competitions that lasted well into the wee hours have been replaced by games that are tailor-made for the athletic contestants only. It might not seem nearly as exciting to have contestants holding a button for seven hours, but it totally is.

4 | AN ENTIRE SEASON SANS FORMER HOUSEGUESTS | In theory, pairing the pros with the newbies always seems like a great idea. And at first, it is. But the disconnect between old and new housemates can cause the show to seem stale, and judging by Ian’s triumph over Season 10 winner Dan last summer, Big Brother is now the veterans’ game to lose. (Bonus points if we never have to see musclehead Jessie Godderz — sorry, um, Mr. Pec-Tacular — ever again.)

5 | GIMME LESS GIMMICKS | After 14 seasons, it’s plenty tough to keep this round-the-clock reality show interesting. But should contestants really still be subject to wearing unitards and dog costumes for weeks at a time…? I’m all for a little Schadenfreude, but the viewers shouldn’t be cringing along with contestants.

6 | A LITTLE LESS SHOWMANCE, A LITTLE MORE CONVERSATION | Before you go referencing the adorable on-screen romance of Season 11’s Jeff and Jordan (or the admittedly unstoppable Brendon/Rachel power pairing), take a minute to reminisce on all the BB showmances that have crashed and burned all too quickly, throwing a wrench in otherwise smart gameplay. Romance might be inevitable in a house full of good-looking contestants, but I’m crossing my fingers that this year’s group can resist temptation.

What are your hopes for BB15? Will you vote for an MVP each week — or are you just in it for a weekly dose of Julie Chen? Hit the comments.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Elyse says:

    I’m hoping Rachel Riley’s sister is less annoying than Rachel was.

  2. Laquisha says:

    Wow, you must not be a fan of the game at all. Porsche was by no means a floater. Rachel was the real floater that season. Porsche was always loyal to her alliance and worked hard in all the competitions while all Rachel did was kiss HOH butt.

  3. Laquisha says:

    And Brenchel was not unstoppable whatsoever. Rachel placed 9th in her original season while Brendon placed 6th due to producer rigging. Brendon was voted out pre-jury the next season and then left again right after he got voted back in, placing 9th. Rachel went on to win only due to producer rigging. Anyone who is a fan of the game would know that.

    • Nat says:

      They rigged it? How? Its all out there for us to see. How did it get rigged?

      • BB15 says:

        The people (production) sways every player to do what they want them to. They put idea’s in the house guest head and they try to get them to do things that will make better T.V.

      • Jen says:

        The producers brought Brendan right back in after being voted out.

        • Matthew says:

          I didn’t care so much about that. What got me was the terrible, TERRIBLE late game twist that repaired everyone together for duos in the final 6. Per Wikipedia:

          “During week 8, a controversial Pandora’s Box twist left fans questioning the authenticity of Big Brother and left many wondering if production was rigging the game for certain players. Jeff Schroeder had just been evicted from the house, leaving Rachel Reilly and Jordan Lloyd as the only veterans left in the game. As HoH, Porsche Briggs was clearly targeting Rachel and Jordan. But when she opened Pandora’s Box, she unleashed the duos twist back into the game, thereby making Rachel and Jordan a duo. If one of them were to win the PoV, they would both be safe from eviction. The Pandora’s Box seemed very last minute after Porsche won HoH with it coming out of nowhere and the editing of the episode, and fans wondered whether this was a ploy by production to keep Rachel and Jordan in the game. These questions heightened after some of the houseguests remarked that the PoV competition seemed like it was thrown together last minute without it being tested well and also because it seemed like a competition geared for Rachel, who ended up winning the competition and saving her and Jordan from eviction.”

  4. Julie says:

    I am all for number 3. I think the Pressure Cooker competition is definitely due for a return this season. It’s probably my favorite comp ever.

  5. Leah says:

    Yes to all these. So sick of the old houseguests dropping by. Sadly, we are gonna get some Rachel since her sister is in the house. And if we are getting Rachel, we might as well expect some Brenden! Ugh.

  6. Jacqi says:

    I am all for jesse not making an appearance! Hated him his season and he gets even worse with each passing year they bring him back. And Dan totally deserved to win over Ian last year!

    • Laquisha says:

      No he did not! His game was sloppy and he sent very angry people to the jury house. Ian played a much smarter social game, didn’t piss people off, and won way more competitions. And Dan already won anyway.

  7. CL says:

    If there is an actual monster on the feeds, you run with it. You don’t edit her into a sweet little Southern belle nurse-I-mean-teacher for the show.

  8. Annie says:

    Big Brother is the one reality show I have continued watching over the years and it’s the only thing I look forward to every summer. The new twists look great (even though the MVP could be a disaster) and I’m always ready for the next Dr. Will.

  9. erin says:

    I’m mostly ok with the no former contestants ban, but I wouldn’t say no to another Dan or Dr. Will return. My two favorites ever!

  10. mike says:

    I can’t wait for OTEV to come back!

  11. ES says:

    i agree with everything u said except for the showmance. i love showmances.adds another level to big brother.and its always interesting to see how they play out. will they or wont stay together after the show is over. bring it on!

  12. Jen says:

    How about including more older players? In recent years the oldest person has only been about 40! It seems more like the Real World with eliminations these days.

  13. John Arthur says:

    They need to take a page out of BBUK and have a box challenge, where everyone has to stay in a small box for the duration of the challenge.

  14. sherknd says:

    I actually liked when they had luxury comps and had to compete to use the pool/bbq/etc.

  15. huygg says:

    we need more sex/nudity like the uk and other versions

  16. “What are your hopes for BB15?”
    that it’s the last season

  17. Lindsey palacios says:

    How can you let peoe be treated this way? Racism is a thing of the past I thought! It needs to stop whether she’s removed or however it needs to be done. It’s not right and you know it! Really, I’m a Texas girl too and this is BS! You are going to lose viewers because of one ignorant girl! Make it stop!

  18. Lindsey palacios says:

    Make her leave if she can’t not b a racist she needs to go!