Does Big Brother have a cult following? I think so.
Now that we’re less than a month away from the start of the new season of Big Brother the rabid thirst for information is being felt among a group of hardcore fans. It’s a relatively small group, a subset of the larger Big Brother fan base, but I dare say it’s a cult following. It’s lasted over a decade in an American subculture and should absolutely qualify as having its own cult following.
Here’s some of how Wikipedia defines “cult following”.
“A cult following is a group of fans who are highly dedicated to a specific area of culture. A film, book, musical artist, television series, or video game, among other things, will be said to have a cult following when it has a small but very passionate fan base… A common component of cult followings is the emotional attachment fans have with the object of the cult following, often identifying themselves and other fans as members of a community. Cult followings are also commonly associated with niche markets…”
That’s how I’d describe the “group of fans” that are a part of the cult following of Big Brother, and this includes me and you because of three points above:
Highly Dedicated: Only a “highly dedicated” fan of Big Brother would be writing or reading this blog in the first place.
Emotional Attachment: Because we connect with at least one HG per season, and that’s enough to get us through until the next season.
Members of a Community: Because with as many toxic Big Brother fans I’ve come across, I’ve seen a hundred times more fans who check in on each other (and me) in times of trouble or celebration.
I’m sorry to report that the Big Brother Cat Lady would also be a part of this following, casting that Big Brother shadow over our snark and joy. But here’s what I know for sure about this upcoming BB15 season:
1. The season premieres on Wednesday, June 26th. The CBS website currently has two different air times, on their Big Brother home page:
So the premiere is on June 26th at either 8/7c or 9/8c. Okay.
2. Superpass will not carry Big Brother Live Feeds anymore. Feeds will be on the CBS site itself. There are no definitive details as of yet for BB15, but if you want to “Get Notified” by CBS then send in your email address on their lived feeds page. Update: Both Americans and Canadians both have access to paid live feeds. Canadian viewers cannot flashback, but CBS probably doesn’t want any more footage of the neo-bratty shameful HGs to be circulating anymore than it already is.
3. Showtime’s Big Brother After Dark is dead and hello and welcome to TVGN’s Big Brother After Dark. TVGN?! Huh? Like, that “TV Guide channel” that I didn’t realize anyone actually watched? And TVGN is owned by CBS, oh. Here’s the official news release on the CBS site. Update: This season the shows are neither live nor very appealing to many, because BBAD is censored. Boo.
So basically, CBS is tightening their belt around the belly of Big Brother and cutting out third parties where they can and attempt to save the failing TVGN which most people have never even heard of. Good for CBS. It’s their prerogative, because things such as live feeds and “After Dark” programs are for not for the television viewing audience but for the cult following of Big Brother, anyway. So fans will follow, despite crying foul and “I can’t” this or that.
To check if your area even gets TVGN, you can enter your zipcode on their home page, click on TVGN Channel Finder.
If you don’t get TVGN through your cable provider, then don’t think of it as such a tragic loss…think of it as gaining two hours in your summer nights to do something else, maybe read up on Korean Steamed Vagina or pick up an actual book or sex toy.
Really, it’s up to you what you do with your summer nights. We’ll never be collectively happy as Big Brother fans and that’s half the fun. Commiserating in our BB misery.