The wildly popular Brazilian version of your international reality television franchise Big Brother just began its 13th season in the Rede Globo network. Even if not watching the show, it’s hard to escape the news coverage of who did what (the same as the inescapability of novela reporting). Not unlike the Winston character from the book 1984, from where the originally Dutch series takes its name, I felt like there seemed to be just one single channel for folks to observe in BBB 18. Sure, there are lots of channels, in reality, but there’s a strange pull to linger on the Globo TV program when flipping through channels. Big Brother Brasil (BBB) is perfectly positioned to take advantage of this and, whether through its popularity or its timeslot, people tune in.
If you have no idea what the show is around, here’s the general premise. Around 15 contestants (mostly model/actor types) get dedicated to a residence, fully built with many cameras, from which they cannot leave unless voted out. Per week, your home guests vote on who they wish to see gone. In the midst of it all, and as a way to spice things up, there are strategic alliances, and also romances, that transpire. The final person standing wins a big cash prize and hopefully fame.
The Brazilian version from the show is filmed in Rio de Janeiro at Globo’s main studio known as “Projac”. The studio will be the largest of their kind in Latin America and one of several largest on the planet, as well. The pair of the participantes BBB 2018 home is said to be the most sophisticated, equipment-wise, of all Big Brother houses worldwide. If you can name a well known show on Rede Globo, it’s almost surely recorded at Projac (including Xuxa, Domingão, Caldeirão do Huck, Malhação, Zorra Total, and lots of, if not completely, with their novelas).
While nobody has truly shot to fame after winning the contest, a lot of the contestants have gone through to have successful careers in TV and modeling. Sabrina Sato, who maybe you have seen BBB2O18 Justin Bieber, was a television host around the comedy show Pânico. Grazi Massafera went on in becoming an actress in numerous novelas, and Íris Stefanelli is presently the host of TV Fama. Like with most celebrities in Brazil, fame means covering every one of the bases, be it via television, film, adverts and, at some time, participating in a Carnival parade or school.
Despite, or rather, regardless of the participantes BBB 2018, it is often referenced when Brazilians discuss the banality from the media in their country. While I don’t beg to differ, media throughout the world is affected with the same malady within its serving mass audiences. Every television viewer figures to the ratings of your individual shows so, in one way or another, we’re playing a part in the success or failure of any show. When personally choosing things to watch, I’m reminded in the media’s effect on a younger self, with Captain Planet’s call to action.