While it was released over a week ago, fans of CBS' Big Brother are still reeling from the wild conclusion of Celebrity Big Brother. This was the first time that a celebrity version aired in the US, and millions tuned into the show and live feeds to watch characters like Ross Matthews, Omarosa Manigault, and Marissa Jaret Winokur. The latter ended up winning the competition, after playing the strongest social game of the season. I recently spoke with the Tony Award winning actress and CBB winner, where she revealed one aspect of the competition that helped her win: the eviction schedule. Namely, how few eliminations occurred in the first few weeks.
Because Celebrity Big Brother took so long to eliminate its housemates, Marissa Jaret Winokur was able to fly under the radar for an even longer period of time. That, combined with her personality and skills at connecting with housemates, ultimately helped Winokur get deep into the game, and eventually pull out a win.
Marissa Jaret Winokur's game is in stark juxtaposition with players like Ross Matthews and Shannon Elizabeth. Those two played very strategically and with a more cut throat style, which ultimately put targets on each of their backs. Meanwhile Marissa could be her charming self, while also developing strong bonds and alliances with the other housemates, especially the women
In our conversation about her win, Marissa Jaret Winokur cited Shannon Elizabeth as a victim of the eviction schedule. The American Pie actress hit the ground running on day 1, presumably in order to save herself from an early eviction. But this backfired when the eliminations never came, making Elizabeth seem way too aggressive. As Winokur told me,
That, ladies and gents, is why the folks at CBS are so good at their jobs. Shows like Big Brother, Survivor, and Amazing Race are constantly throwing their contestants for a loop with twists. And with all eyes on the celebs as they evicted each other from The House, it makes sense that the network would want to utilize the cast for as long as possible.
You can catch up on Marissa Jaret Winokur's win on CBS All Access and On Demand. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch. Plus, check our Amazon premiere list and superhero premiere list to make sure you don't miss a single episode.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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