'Big Brother Canada Side Show' takes centre stage

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Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:34 PM ET

The old saying goes that if everyone really is out to get you, paranoia is just good thinking.

There's no better way to describe Big Brother Canada, which has returned for its second season. But to help explain all the emotions that go through your head when you're locked inside those walls, the Big Brother Canada Side Show makes its debut Thursday, March 6 on Slice, following the first eviction episode of the new campaign.

The Big Brother Canada Side Show, which will air every Thursday, features two of the most memorable houseguests from season one, Peter Brown and Gary Levy.

“One of the biggest things that surprised me playing last season was how much I didn't understand the way society functions in the house,” Brown said. “You can watch all the episodes and live feeds, and you can see season after season, but you don't quite understand the feeling, the paranoia, the competitiveness, and the friendships that you truly, honestly form with these people while you're in there.

“I love Big Brother fans, but unless you're in there, you cannot understand what it's like. Gary and I are in a unique position to offer insight. We're going to offer two completely different but I think equally valuable perspectives. I'm pretty excited to educate the Big Brother Canada audience and help the game move forward.”

Of course, nobody had quite the same experience as Levy in season one. He was eliminated, but reinstated through a Canada-wide fan vote. Then he made it all the way to the final two, only to lose when one of his biggest supporters, evicted houseguest and jury member Topaz Brady, accidentally cast her vote for eventual winner Jillian MacLaughlin.

The mistake cost Levy $80,000 (first prize was $100,000, second prize was $20,000).

“Everything happens for a reason and I wasn't supposed to win the game, it was Jillian's game,” Levy said. “I'm a very positive person. Nothing really could stifle the experience or make me feel sad. Jill's a great girl, Topaz made a mistake, but it's like, fine, we're all human beings.

“People wanted me to be mad. Then they were mad that I wasn't mad. I was like, 'Everybody take a chill pill.' ”

And as Levy pointed out, Big Brother Canada continues to open doors for him anyway, specifically with his gig on the Side Show.

“I'm starting my dream job,” Levy said. “So I'm still in a dream stage.”

The dream remains alive for all the houseguests in the second season of Big Brother Canada. But that'll change with the first eviction episode, and Peter Brown and Gary Levy will be there on the Side Show to break it down.

“Unlike a regular reality show where you're just following Neanderthals who make chaos of their lives and that's supposed to be entertaining, Big Brother is a game,” Brown said. “It's a competition of the mind, and I think that's what separates it. I don't categorize it as reality TV, I put it into the social-sport category.

“Often the Big Brother game can be so intense, so dramatic, that Gary and I want to make sure we've providing some levity on the other side of it for half an hour every Thursday.”

Nothing to be paranoid about, Canada. Or is there?

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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