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The Farr Side column: ‘Big Brother’ returns for season 22

David T. Farr
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Finally, some normalcy: “Big Brother” is back! Season 22 of the CBS reality show returned Aug. 5, a month later than planned.

This is the kind of season “Big Brother” fanatics like me dream of. Some of the best houseguests to ever play the game are all back and ready to go. The cast comprises players from a number of seasons ago, including past winners, runners-up, America’s favorites and some of the series’ most memorable participants.

I was stoked to learn CBS was going to go through with the production, even though COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into almost everything. Television will not be the same for a while as long as quarantining and social distancing are in place. What made “Big Brother” the exception was that producers quarantined each player, 16 in all, separately for more than 14 days to ensure no one was permitted into the house with a positive testing diagnosis for coronavirus.

Producers did an outstanding job keeping a lid on the cast until the new season premiered.

The cast comprises Christmas Abbott (season 19), David Alexander (21), Nicole Anthony (21), Dani Briones (8, 13), Cody Calafiore (16), Kevin Campbell (11), Tyler Crispin (20), Bayleigh Dayton (20) and Nicole Franzel (16, 18), “Memphis” Garrett (Season 10), Enzo Palumbo (12), Janelle Pierzina (6, 7, 14), Kaysar Ridha (6, 7), Da’Vonne Rogers (17, 18), Keesha Smith (10) and Ian Terry (14).

Did any of your favorites make the cut? I was thrilled to see a few people again. Janelle long has been my favorite houseguest. I think she has some of the best game play I’ve seen. Even though she didn’t during any of her three previous attempts, she’s still one of the best. Besides, she was the first person America ever chose as its favorite.

I also was pleased to see Kaysar, Nicole A., Da’Vonne and Ian again. I like them for various reasons. Kaysar brings a coolness and calmness to the game. Da’Vonne, or “Mama Day” as she’s often called, can stir up the house like nobody else. Nicole A. and Ian are similar players. Each comes across as nerdy, but keen when it comes to playing the game.

Nicole F. and Ian are the only previous winners to return. That should make them easy targets, but so far it hasn’t put a target on their backs.

I was sorry to see Keesha go home first. I hoped she would be able to help Janelle and Kaysar further their games.

As with any season of “Big Brother,” expect the unexpected. The twists already have begun, including”Big Brother Safety Suite,” which opens 60 minutes before the nominations round. Those who enter the suite have a chance to win safety from the block that week. To make matters even cooler, they can pick a plus-one and save that person, too. How cool is that?

Who’s to say more twists won’t involve other former houseguests? Wouldn’t it be cool if Paul Abrahamian or Rachel Reilly came back?

David T. Farr can be reached at farrboy@hotmail.com.