Television offers many pleasures, high to low brow. The schedule next week includes the premiere of "The Story of Film" on TCM, a terrific "Luther" miniseries on BBC America, a stunning bird documentary ("Earthflight") on PBS and a "Mary Tyler Moore Show" reunion on TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland."
For anyone who has been following this reality contest, a true guilty pleasure, next week will constitute must-see viewing.
SPOILER ALERT: Many fans may get what they've been wanting for weeks.
GinaMarie is the new head of household, and for eviction she has nominated Amanda and McCrae, who are involved in this season's big "showmance."
The next episodes air at 8 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Thursday, which will feature a double eviction.
It has been fascinating to see what Amanda will do next, but she has such a nasty, bullying style that she needs to be stopped. She thinks she's special, and she terrorizes anyone she suspects of crossing her. Host Julie Chen could call an evicted Amanda on the cruelty in the live show.
In the last show Thursday, Chen read back racist and homophobic comments uttered by departing Aaryn. The studio audience registered its disdain for Aaryn, who seemed stunned by the reaction. She suggested her outlook was part of growing up in Texas.
Did poor Texas need that?
CBS always has billed "Big Brother" as a social experiment, and this season has provided more fodder for research than any other. Some players have forgotten that they're being recorded 24/7.
Social media have kept track of certain players' horrible statements. Aaryn, Amanda and GinaMarie all may need help re-entering the world. Aaryn and GinaMarie have lost their jobs for racist comments, and Amanda's viciousness may hurt her real-estate business in Boynton Beach. The series finale on Sept. 18 could have more fireworks than usual.
"Big Brother" may be a game, but it has provided a riveting look at how people lose perspective when shut off from the world. There's never been anyone quite like out-of-control Amanda on a reality show, and I hope there never is again. What do you think?