Reality TV fans are confused as to why Netflix has taken so long to release this series, seeing as it was filmed a WHILE ago, but there are some TikTok faves I see on this list, so I will likely tune in (both Canadian with Francesca and Dom). I of course already know Francesca’s fate, as does anyone who follows her on socials.
The season consists of 12 episodes (an hour long each). The show will stream over three weeks, with four released on Feb. 14th, four dropping on Feb. 21st and the final four coming out on Feb. 28th.
“As they compete to form relationships, the most compatible couples will play matchmaker, breaking up other couples and sending them on dates with brand-new singles they’ll invite to the villa,” the official description reads. “Will they create better matches, or will they create chaos? In this over-the-top journey of strategy and dating hosted by Nick Lachey, only one couple will be crowned the Perfect Match.”
Let’s meet the singles, shall we?
Abbey Humphreys (“Twentysomethings”) Anne-Sophie Petit-Frere (“Selling Tampa”) Bartise Bowden (“Love Is Blind”) Calvin Crooks (“The Circle”) Chase DeMoor (“Too Hot To Handle”) Chloe Veitch (“Too Hot To Handle,” “The Circle”) Colony Reeves (“Selling Tampa”) Damian Powers (“Love Is Blind”) Diamond Jack (“Love Is Blind”) Dom Gabriel (“The Mole”) Francesca Farago (“Too Hot To Handle”) Georgia Hassarati (“Too Hot To Handle”) Ines Tazi (“The Circle France”) Izzy Fairthorne (“Too Hot To Handle”) Joey Sasso (“The Circle”) Kariselle Snow (“Sexy Beasts”) Lauren “LC” Chamblin (“Love Is Blind”) Mitchell Eason (“The Circle”) Nick Uhlenhuth (“The Circle”) Savannah Palacio (“The Circle”) Shayne Jansen (“Love Is Blind”) Will Richardson (“The Mole”) Zay Wilson (“The Ultimatum”)
Much like the world of kinks, there is something for everyone in reality TV. The latter half of January (arguably the darkest month of the year) welcomes new seasons of old favourites, returning guidos and guidettes, new series concepts and some questionably named shows (see: MILF Manor and Deadly Australians).
Let’s take a look at what to watch when to watch it and where to watch it.
Random Acts (BYUtv, Jan. 15, Sundays at 7). a “hidden-camera reality show that highlights the altruistic nature of human beings by featuring real people who are the recipients of random acts of kindness.”
All-Round Champion (BYUtv, Jan. 15, Sundays at 8). “nine of the best young athletes in their sports will assemble from the United States, Canada and UK to compete in the ultimate competition, and, for the first time, they’ll all be para-athletes.”
Survivalists (BYUtv, Jan. 15, Sundays at 9). “follow families as they brave the elements together.”
Milf Manor (TLC, Jan. 15, Sundays at 10). “eight confident and strong-minded women leave home for the chance to find love at a paradise destination.”
Down Home Fab (HGTV, Jan. 16, Mondays at 9). “Chelsea and Cole DeBoer of Teen Mom 2 fame” renovate houses “in their hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.”
1000 LB Sisters (TLC, Jan. 17, Tuesdays at 9). “the Slaton sisters try to lose enough weight to qualify for and undergo life-changing bariatric surgery.”
Are You the One? (Paramount+, Jan. 18). “22 recently single men and women from around the globe were put through an extensive matchmaking process to find their ‘perfect match.”
Dirty Old Cars (History Channel, Jan. 18, Wednesdays at 10). “follows the passionate owners and staff of three different detailing shops.”
Trafficked with Mariana Van Zeller (NatGeo, Jan. 18, Wednesdays at 9). “Mariana’s investigations are shaped more than ever by the political, economic and social global landscape”; for example, she “travels to Ukraine, where the war with Russia has upended the surrogacy industry.”
Web of Death (Hulu, Jan. 19). “follows the investigations of online sleuths as they use digital footprints, DNA databases and the power of social media to solve gruesome, mysterious and bizarre murder cases.”
Bling Empire: New York (Netflix, Jan. 20). “a fresh group of wealthy, sophisticated and hilarious Asian-Americans from New York City, where the quality of real estate is measured by address, not acreage.”
Bake Squad (Netflix, Jan. 20). “all four original members of the Squad are back … to create showstopping centrepieces for someone’s extra special big day.”
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW, Jan. 20, Fridays at 8). Magicians try to fool Penn & Teller
Whose Line is it Anyway? (The CW, Jan. 20, Fridays at 9). “new episodes of the classic improv series.”
The Real Friends of WeHo (MTV, Jan. 20, Fridays at 9). “will follow the lives of celebrity stylist Brad Goreski, choreographer and singer Todrick Hall, actor Curtis Hamilton, CEO of Buttah Skincare Dorión Renaud, TV host and business owner Jaymes Vaughan, and digital entrepreneur Joey Zauzig”
Kindred Spirits (Travel Channel, Jan. 20, Fridays at 9). “Amy Bruni, Adam Berry and psychic medium Chip Coffey … will discover shocking stories by visiting some of America’s most haunted homes and historic sites.”
Love & Marriage: D.C. (OWN, Jan. 21, Saturdays at 8). “will introduce a new power couple to the group, Joi Carter and Clifton Pettie,” along with “Erana and Jamie Tyler, and Ashley Silva and her husband on-air personality DJ Quicksilva.”
Week of Jan. 22, 2023
The Bachelor (ABC, Jan. 23, Mondays at 8). Zach Shallcross dates women in the hopes that all of them can gain more Instagram followers
Darcey & Stacey (TLC, Jan. 23, Mondays at 8). “Darcey and Stacey are officially splitting their time between their digs in Connecticut and their new apartments in Miami.”
Extreme Sisters (TLC, Jan. 23, Mondays at 9). “Twenty-five-year-old triplets Hannah, Katherine and Nadia still live together, vacation together and speak their own made-up language.”
Death by Fame (ID, Jan. 23, Mondays at 9). “digs into the cases of Hollywood hopefuls whose dreams for bright lights and acclaim are instead met with tragedy.”
The Playboy Murders (ID, Jan. 23, Mondays at 10). Holly Madison hosts “an anthology series recounting murders and mysteries that intersect with the world of Playboy.”
I Am Jazz (TLC, Jan. 24, Tuesdays at 10). “After her first year at Harvard on her own, Jazz returns home to Florida for the summer and asserts her new-found independence.”
Deadly Australians (Smithsonian Channel, Jan. 25, Wednesdays at 8). “explores Australia’s forests, swamps, waters, and deserts to identify the continent’s deadliest creatures.”
The 1619 Project (Hulu, Jan. 26, Thursdays). “seeks to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.”
Jersey Shore Family Vacation (MTV, Jan. 26, Thursdays at 8). “Between hitting wine country for the launch of Nicole’s new wine label and South Carolina for Mike’s celebrity cornhole tournament… the squad continues to take every trip up a notch.”
Nikki Bella Says I Do (E!, Jan. 26, Thursdays at 9). “WWE Superstar Nikki Bella and Dancing with the Stars champion Artem Chingvintsev share all of their special moments from planning, throwing a joint bachelor and bachelorette celebration.”
Frozen Planet II (BBC America, Jan. 28, Saturdays at 8). “returns to the Arctic and Antarctic to observe the amazing species that thrive there” and also “our high mountains, frozen deserts, snowbound forests, and ice-cold oceans.”
Unexplained: Caught on Camera (Travel Channel, Jan. 28, Saturdays at 9). “Experts attempt to explain the unexplainable as they analyze some of the world’s most eye-opening and terrifying footage of paranormal phenomena.”
Help! My House is Haunted (Travel Channel, Jan. 28, Saturdays at 10). “U.K. paranormal experts – investigator and tech expert Barri Ghai, psychic medium and exorcist Ian Lawman and historian and psychologist Jayne Harris – work together to investigate reports of frightening paranormal activity.”
Week of Jan. 29, 2023
Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World (PBS, Jan. 31, Tuesdays at 9). “an incredible narrative of struggle, triumph and resistance that will be brought to life through the lens of an art form that has chronicled the emotions, experiences and expressions of Black and Brown communities: hip hop.”
My 600 LB Life (TLC, Feb. 1, Wednesdays at 8). “follows patients who drag themselves out of bed to take those first excruciating steps towards a new way of life”
Say Yes to the Dress (TLC, Feb. 4, Saturdays at 8). “bridal fashions have changed, but Randy and the Kleinfeld consultants’ superior service have remained constant.”
This Brazillian bombshell gave it her all in chances of winning the 750k cash prize on the 24th season of Big Brother US, she may not have walked away with the money but she certainly kept viewers entertained. I jumped at the opportunity to talk about reality TV, music and..soup with Indy Santos in this brand-spanking-new #TMITuesday interview.
1. If you could choose one song to be your current ‘theme song’ what would it be and why?
So Ugly I’m beautiful- Toni Jones
2. Have you watched any of the live feed clips from Big Brother 24?
Yes, mostly the fun ones about me!!!!
I don’t want to have bad memories or bad feelings about anyone from the house.
3. Who do you keep in touch with the most from your season? What about other alumni?
Jasmine, Joseph, Taylor and Michael.
But I talk to everyone basically every other day.
4. Should you be offered the opportunity would you consider competing on another reality show?
Oh yes!!! It’s coming babe
The Amazing Race? This would be amazing!!
Michael would be my first pick. Joseph the second if Taylor is busy. Jasmine as well!!!
We would have so much fun!!!
Big Brother Brazil? I have been waiting for literally 23 years!!!
The Challenge? Ohhh YESSSSS!!!! Please
5. Since today is #TMITuesday can you tell the fans something about you that they may not already know? Any hidden talents?
I almost died 3 times in my life!!!!
And I can balance any bottle over my head/ shoulders/ knees – once I have a couple drinks hahaha
6. Okay let’s clear the rumours up, fans speculated that you and Joseph had a fling in the jury house, can you confirm or deny this?
Nooo, way!!! Never!!!!
Joseph is my best friend from the season!!!!
Our relationship is a family relationship. Nothing else. And we will always be friends. And YES, girls and guys can have a friendship!!!!!
7. You recently did a live with Paloma and received a lot of backlash for giving her further platform. Can you tell me about the motivation for this and some of the more complex questions you had to ask her?
Since when I left the house I felt that Paloma didn’t have an opportunity to be heard in a safe space. I offered my platform for her to be heard. To make sure I could share with her the lessons that I learned and to make sure I was not excluding her for anything. We already made a huge mistake as a house excluding Taylor in many situations, and I didn’t want to repeat that!
And again, my intentions were not to hurt anyone, not Paloma, not Taylor. NO ONE!!!
My intentions were to give her space and share my own lessons, with the hope to inspire her and others to do the same.
8. What is most important to you in life, and what inspires that?
Family, friends and time.
I’m blessed to have an amazing family and great friends that help me to grow.
My parents inspire me to be better, and my friends show me the way with love and kindness.
And God/The Universe always makes sure I have the right perspective to appreciate life itself! And all the privileges that I have. For ex: I’m a healthy woman, I’m emotionally mature, I’m free, and I’m aware of my own decisions and power to create the life that I dream of! So, so many privileges.
9. You have apologized for your soup comment to Taylor Hale, winner of Big Brother 24 and AFP, so…it’s soup season here in Canada for Fall, what is your go-to soup?
Yes, I did apologize right after I made the comment, still in the house…at the finale and 100000 times more!!!!
It was not intentional!!! My favorite soup it’s French onion
10. What’s next for you Indy?
I’m about to release my manifestation course. In English and Portuguese. Where I teach how did I manage to come all the way from Brazil and get to the show. All my habits and tricks ahahaha
During my jury time, I also wrote a book about my spiritual journey. That will be out whenever God wants to release it.
I’m already working with many brands on IG and I’m creating my God is my Sugar Daddy Brand
I’m open to all the opportunities that the universe has for me.
The anticipated new series of Australian Survivor doesn’t quite have a premiere date but a year at least… I am more than certain that there will be some new North American-based crossover fans from the Netflix hit reboot series Heartbreak High who also love reality TV. And they will all be yelling “esshhhaaaayyyy” at the screen…
Love Island Casa Amor bombshells turned step-siblings! Parents of co-stars George Tasker (the one who lied about Ekin) and Mollie Salmon (Davide’s interest for a hot minute) marry just ONE MONTH after meeting at the hit ITV2 show’s summer reunion.
George shared a bed with this year’s winners Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu (lied about what went down), who went on to bag boyfriend Davide Sanclimenti and the £50,000. Was I obsessed with this season? YES.
To make matters more interesting – his new step-sister Mollie also had an intimate run-in with winner Davide – as she arrived in the main villa alongside the female Casa Amor bombshells.
The Italian stallion, 27, first got flirty with newcomer Coco Lodge, 27, before the pair shared a steamy kiss in the garden that was seen by their fellow islanders. This was all of course before the legendary ‘t*t lick’ of 2022.
Cue the show’s reunion where Mollie and George’s parents met and at least they found love?
This week’s feature is one of my favourite reality TV personalities to see the screen in years. It is my belief that in casting following Victoria aka Spicy Vee’s appearance on Big Brother Canada 9 that her personality is now an archetype. From her messy secret HOH, to her dancing and blow-up with fellow houseguest Tera Spicy Vee never failed to keep fans glued to the screen. I sat down to talk with the firecracker about her Youtube show, budding career, Megan Thee Stallion and more in this brand-spanking-new interview with my new online BFF (kidding but she is a friggin’ delight).
1. Your show ‘Spill The Tea With Spicy Vee’ has featured many big RTV names, who is your dream guest on the show and why?
My dream guest would be Hilary Duff! OMG, I love her so much and even though she isn’t a reality star, she did have an appearance on The Bachelor so close enough hahaha. I would also love to have CT from the Challenge.. that would be a wild interview.
2. Speaking of your show, where can fans find it?
3. Who were you rooting for on #bb24?
Taylor! She is a legend, an icon, a damn queen!!! I really hope I get to meet her one day She went through so much in the game and the girl is still in there having no idea what the world is saying or thinking! It’s a crazy feeling and I cannot wait to see her get all the love.
4. How many times did you apply for Big Brother Canada before being cast?
I applied twice! Once in the in-person auditions in Toronto, and once via video audition! I really put my heart and soul into both auditions so it feels amazing that I got chosen. I think everyone should take the time to apply if it’s their dream, and don’t rush it! This is your shot!
5. Since today is #TMITuesday can you tell the readers something about you that they may not already know?
UHM lol, maybe that I am actually a massive child at heart. I mean, I guess that showed when I was in the ball pit but I just love doing kid stuff, watching Disney channel tv shows, and eating candy like I am actually just one big child who never wants to grow up lol.
6. How has your life changed since appearing on reality TV?
I get recognized a lot in my hometown which is super cool! I also LOVE to party and travel and I find that so many opportunities to do so have opened up! I feel like before the show I tried to hide my party side and how wild I really was, but now everyone knows that side of me so I can truly be who I am!
7. If you could choose one song to be your theme song what would it be and why?
OMG, the song “Her” by Megan Thee Stallion 😛 I love her and all of her songs hahaha. “LMFAO” is also hilarious, I think any of their songs could be my theme song!
8. How did you get the name ‘Spicy Vee’?
I got the name spicy vee because I drive a bright habanero orange Volkswagen Tiguan lol. The name was supposed to be for my car but all my friends started calling me spicy vee and it stuck! Before spicy vee, my friends called me VMONEY LOL
9. With the name ‘spicy vee’ what’s your favourite spicy food?
Haha, this may come as a shock but I am not too big into spicy food! I do love hot sauce though, I will put it on my eggs or avocado and it’s so much better haha. Also, at The Keg Restaurant and Bar, they have this super hot horseradish, and I love it!
10. What’s next for you?
I am working full-time as a social worker at my local school board! I am so obsessed with finally having my own office to talk to and work with children in my community! I have my own Youtube interview show ‘Spill the Tea with SPICY VEE’ that I try to release episodes weekly so these are my two main focuses right now!
Fan favourite and sole resident of D*niel D*rston’s (best known to me as ‘Unwashed Elvis’) mind rent-free Taylor Hale made history on Sunday.
Not only did the Lays’ lover become the first Black woman in 24 seasons of the reality TV series to win, but the first time winner and America’s Favourite Player winner. The Michigan native strut herself away with a cruise for two and a cool 800k in prize money. Taylor left behind 15 other houseguests, including a brief showmance mate and runner-up (to the prize money and Taylor’s heart) Monte following a speech that brought this writer to tears.
The ‘face and sword of the season’ spent most of her time in the Big Brother house being villainized and bullied simply for being herself, all the time unaware of the fanbase that was accumulating in her favour outside of the house of horrors.
After unknowingly having ‘Taylor’s Karma’ take its time to hit each houseguest who dared to try to take the ‘blockbuster’ out of the game, it was down to the final 3. Taylor, Turner and Monte competed for the final HOH with Turner winning part 1/3, Monte winning the second, and the third as well. This left Monte with a choice to bring Turner, longtime F2, or Taylor (his showmance whom he spent half the season bashing and belittling her).
Monte decided that Taylor would be his best chance at the 750k cash prize and was very wrong.
The roundtable seemed in favour of Turner or Monte but Jaylor fans rejoiced as Joseph fought hard for Taylor, despite Alyssa’s attempts in the jury house to sully that. Monte fumbled to explain why he deserved to win and Taylor…Taylor brought out the inner pageant queen in her. This historic speech led to her historic win:
“Jury, members, I am someone who has won three competitions, two of them including HOHs,” she said. “But I’m so much more than the wins I have had. I have proven that I can win in real power. But I’m more than my wins in this game. Monte may have more blood on his hands than me, but as someone who has sat on this eviction block six times on eviction night I have bled out the most in this game. But I have bandaged myself together every single time and gotten up and continued to fight because, like so many other women in the world, that is what we have to do to get to the end.
We have to take care of ourselves and put ourselves first,” she continued. “But also looking out for the rest of the ones behind us. I have been falsely accused and unjustly accused of using someone’s mental health as a piece in his game. As someone’s sick mother as a piece to use in this game. I have been called the b-word so many more times than in this house than I have in my real life.
Not to mention there was an attempted all-white alliance formed, and I had to sit on the block left on the block next to the person who tried to form that alliance,” the beauty queen mentioned. “I have overcome so much in this game, and I have come to understand that I am not a shield, I am a sword. I am not a victim I am a victor. And if there is one word that is going to describe the entire season, it is resiliency. And If you were to ask yourself the more resilient person in this season has been, it is me.
We can have the same Big Brother wins that we’ve had in the past, but I am challenging you, jury members,” she noted. “I thought I would humbly ask you for your vote. But I’m challenging all of you to decide what type of winner you want to have this year.”
Do you want the same thing where we see evictions and comp wins be the path to success?” she asked. “Or do we want a winner where we choose resiliency? We choose persistence as a reason to win this game. I have never given up on myself, and I refuse to do it tonight when I’m sitting next to such a strong competitor. Jury members, I’m challenging you to make the hard decision and change the course of this game and choose progress of the course of this game. I can be the winner of this season, and I promise you will not do it in vain if you choose me tonight.“
Since her well-deserved win Hale has since been contacted by Lays for sponsorship, let the world know that she has no plans to continue a relationship with Monte, has been spotted with Joseph and fans assume this is only the beginning for her.