In fact, this 13th Season Premiere featured two twists that left the eight new players with eight jaws hanging on the ground. The first twist threw opening strategies out the window, and the second one threw elimination strategies out the window. Now no one really knows what to do.
Chen wrung her hands maniacally when she introduced the segment, obviously thinking she would sail through. That's the kind of confidence that makes you a target on 'Big Brother.' Holly Robinson Peete was captured on camera saying, "If she wins Head of Household, it's going to be no fun in here."
Peete won it during a ridiculous competition that involved dressing like frogs and retrieving insects from a pond. She nominated Chen and Leah Remini for eviction.
When the U.S. version of the show started, it followed the pattern of having viewers vote weekly to evict contestants. That soon changed. "I found out that Americans, we don't like conflict," said Chen. "Americans voted out the most interesting players in the game." Grodner said they had to take the power of the vote away from the viewers to keep the show interesting, ultimately giving that power to the houseguests.
Remini explained that the man in the audience was probably picturing thigh-high stockings, not the more full-figured version, and he certainly hadn't had to witness Chen's shimmy to pull them up. Remini then said Chen's husband Les Moonves probably didn't want to deal with them either, and tore them from her legs. Romano had to follow that, and Remini asked him, "Do men like hose?"
But the breezy tone quickly changed as she reported the shocking verdict -- the studio audience gasped and then grew quiet as the "not guilty" verdicts came in on the separate murder, manslaughter and child abuse charges. Leah Remini, bewildered, threw her hands up in the air and almost walked off the set. Chen herself appeared close to breaking down at one point, leaving Holly Robinson Peete to finish reading the remaining counts.
You might recognize some faces on 'Big Brother' this season. According to host Julie Chen, the new season of CBS's reality hit will feature "dynamic duos from the past."
Chen announced the twist last night on 'Entertainment Tonight Canada,' saying the pairs "will have a significant role this season," Reality Blurred reports.
It's unclear whether that means those duos will actually compete on the show, or how, exactly "significant" their roles will be.
"I don't think it was that crazy, but I had, well, unusual sex at a rock concert in the audience and I was sat on my husband's lap," said Osbourne. Chen asked if they had been hidden under a blanket. No such luck. "No, I had a long dress and I sat on my husband and we were rocking to the music."
Osbourne demonstrated by giving the metal horns and bouncing in her chair, in case you were having trouble with your mental picture. The show, if you're curious, was AC/DC at Madison Square Garden, and Osbourne was "so into the music" she didn't care if anyone noticed her other activities. In their defense, Osbourne sex probably isn't the worst thing that's happened on the floor at MSG.
But he didn't explain something very important to Holly Robinson Peete, which was why the marmoset on her shoulder smelled a little funky. "Uh, Jack, he has a little interesting odor," said Peete with the marmoset perched on her shoulder. Hanna acknowledged the smell and tried to brush it off.
Julie Chen asked if the little critter had had an accident on Peete. "Is there something you want to tell me?" asked Peete. "Well, it's too late now," replied Hanna. Peete may lose a shirt, but hey, it's better than contracting leprosy.
That was her admission today on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS), when she said she once hurt her husband, CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves, by accidentally biting him while playfully saying she wanted to "eat him up." The impulse has apparently gotten worse with the couple's 19-month-old son, Charlie, whom Chen also wants to eat up.
Chen is taking precautions, though. She puts her lips over her teeth before she noshes on Charlie and showed off that technique on Holly Robinson Peete. It was supposed to show how cute and harmless Chen's actions were, but Peete seemed afraid for her life (or face, at least), and regressed into the waiting arms of Sharon Osbourne when Chen was done.
That was awkward enough, but then Chen pantomimed smoking a cigarette with a satisfied grin. Honestly, we're not sure what to say about that.
"I just have one thing to ask today," said Osbourne. "Why are you wearing sofas on your breasts?" Chen's shirt resembled a living room scene, she explained. Chen had no good answer. "I don't know," she said, "I just wanted to try something new."
Luckily for Chen, she had not removed the label, so she can follow Osbourne's advice and take it back to the store.
"They're trying to update with the way we're all doing leggings now and skinny jeans," she said. Carter's costume had the requisite superhero underwear, whereas the new costume is vinyl with long, form-fitting pants. Carter did say that Kelley is brilliant and full of surprises, so there's hope for the series. Sharon Osbourne promptly asked who he was.
"Whenever Rodney and I get the chance, we head out for a weekend getaway to someplace romantic," said Peete, referring to her husband, a former NFL quarterback. Peete introduced prizes of a trip to the Napa Valley and an SUV. Chen introduced a shopping spree in New York City, complete with a personal shopping assistant, plus a BMW convertible. They ended together with the traditional "It's all yours if ... the price is right."
Don't get used to Chen and Peete on 'The Price Is Right.' 'The Talk' was renewed earlier this year, and the show is doing well. Then again, it never hurts to have your resume on file somewhere else.
Some of the essentials were keeping a "fighter's pose," making eye contact, and swinging so that it looks to the camera like you're making contact, but missing by enough to not accidentally smack your fight partner. Chen went a little over the top in reacting to De Pablo's punch. "It's very Cher," said De Pablo.
Not to be outdone, Peete and Osbourne went at it, and Osbourne took a fairly convincing dive to the floor. Peete hopped on top of her and continued the beating. Perhaps there's some underlying hostility on the set.
Chen uses a yoga approach, hands folded as if in prayer, and smoothly bending over the apparatus. "Oh yeah, I got those leg muscles," Chen said.
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