Love her or hate her, chances are, if you’re a “Big Brother” fan, you have an opinion about Season 13 winner Rachel Reilly.
Always contentious, Reilly first appeared in Season 12, where she quickly became the loudest and one of the most disruptive competitors in the house. She was evicted unanimously after several weeks of feuding. When she returned to the house for “Big Brother” Season 13, she had a different plan: she was engaged to fellow contestant Brendon Villegas, and the two of them formed alliances with other housemates. While still very up-front and dramatic, Reilly was able to swing the house in her favour, resulting in a $500,000 win.
“Big Brother 15” is on the horizon (it starts up tomorrow on Global TV in Canada and on CBS in the U.S.), and HuffPost TV spoke with Reilly about the twists and turns to come. She also filled us in on her relationship with Brendon (they’re married), and gave us her top three tips for anyone brave enough to enter the “Big Brother” house.
HuffPost TV: At this point, would you consider yourself a “Big Brother” expert? Or is there always more to learn?
Rachel Reilly: I consider myself a “Big Brother” expert, but my husband would disagree. [Laughs] My husband says I still have a lot to learn. The thing is, with “BB,” the seasons change; every season there are different houseguests. It’s a show you can be a huge fan of, you can be calculated and have a strategy going in, but you never know what the twists are. You never know what to expect. One season, a strategy might work well, but in another season, it might fail.
How important are alliances when it comes to winning?
“Big Brother” is a really social game. You have to play the game with alliances, but you also have to turn your back on them without making it look like you’re turning your back on them. [Laughs] You have to be very strategic.
How do you do that?
I don’t know. I never learned. [Laughs] This is why my husband says I’m horrible at the social game. I find it very hard to lie to people’s faces. I’m very up-front with the other people in the house, and that causes a lot of problems for my game. In Season 13, I got in a fight with Daniele, and she ended up not voting for me. I got lucky when Shelley, who wasn’t in my alliance, voted for me. It’s a game of calculated risk and strategy. You have to play every day with your full heart.
How much harder is it in the house than it looks from the outside?
Oh my gosh, so much harder. I don’t know how so many people do it. It’s a longer season, and I was in the house for 76 days when I won “Big Brother.” For those 76 days, you have no pen and paper, no internet, no books … you don’t have anything to do except talk to everyone. You to think about what you’re saying, you have to form these relationships. Half the time you don’t like what people are saying, but you have to think outside of yourself. You have to think “big picture,” the whole game, or else you’re not going to last very long.
How did you feel when you walked out after “Big Brother 12” and realized you were perceived as a sort-of villain?
It was really hard. I didn’t have a lot of fans, not a lot of people liked me. People loved to hate me. I didn’t realize that going in, I was just being myself. What actually happened is my relationship with Brendon, it made me want to fall in love and took my attention away from the relationships in the house. I wanted to fall in love, and I didn’t care about anyone else. [Laughs]
Do you know about any twists happening on this season of “Big Brother”?
Well, I’ll stick with what Julie Chen has said, which is that you may see a familiar face this time around. Also, I just heard about the three nominees twist [instead of two]. I’m dying! I can’t imagine having three nominees. The game is going to change so much. They’re going to have to re-think their strategy. It’s a whole other layer. Votes will be split, too. If you’re HoH, you’re going to have to really think about who to put on the block.
What are the top three tips you would give to someone entering the house?
Win as many competitions as you can, play with your whole heart every single day and make as many friends as you can. You’ll have enough enemies! [Laughs]
How are things going with Brendon?
Things are going really well! We got married last September. We’ve gotten back into the swing of things, he’s back at school working on his PhD, we’re having a lot of fun!
Would you ever want to go on another reality show?
Yeah, sure! I would love to go on another reality show! Competitions are so much fun, and I feel like I’m getting really good at them. [Laughs] Who knows, maybe you’ll see me on something coming up soon!
“Big Brother 15” premieres on June 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global TV in Canada and on CBS in the U.S.
The Ultimate Summer TV Guide
“Family Tools” (CTV Two/ABC)
emSeries premieres Wed., May 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET./em
strongWhat To Know/strong: Starring J.K. Simmons and Kyle Bornheimer, “Family Tools” centers on a guy who returns home to take over his dad’s hardware business when he finds himself jobless.
“MythBusters” (Discovery Channel)
emSeason 10 premieres Wed., May 1 at 9 p.m. ET./em
What To Know/strong: This season there will be a “Breaking Bad” themed episode and the crew will tackle myths such as “Are women better than men at multitasking?” and “Which is more sanitary: drying your hands with a hand dryer or a hand towel?”
“The Big Brain Theory” (Discovery Channel)
emSeries premieres Wed., May 1 at 10 p.m. ET./em
strongWhat To Know/strong: Hosted by Kal Penn, this reality competition show will give contestants 30 minutes to solve a daunting engineering challenge.
“Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous” (MuchMusic)
emSeries premieres Tues., May 7 at 10:30 p.m. ET./em
strongWhat To Know:/strong The series follows Zach (Bo Burnham), who hires a camera crew to film him throughout his daily life as a part of his quest to become an overnight celebrity – even though he possesses no real talent. From Zach’s attempts to become a celebrity chef or a ring-tone recording artist to purposefully going missing, he’ll try any avenue to get noticed and stop at nothing until he reaches fame.
“The Show With Vinny” (MTV)
emSeries premieres Thurs., May 2 at 10 p.m. ET./em
strongWhat To Know:/strong For the legions who can’t say goodbye to “Jersey Shore” just yet, the legacy continues as we follow GTLer Vinny into his sure-to-be-scintillating home life. The premise has random “celebrities” dropping by his house for impromptu interviews — and Vinny going to visit their homes, too.
“Newlyweds: The First Year” (Bravo)
emSeries premieres Mon., May 6 at 10 p.m. ET./em
strongWhat To Know:/strong Bravo’s new eight-episode docu-series follows four newlywed couples and their most personal moments, from their wedding day to their first anniversary. There’s bi-coastal Christian couple Kimberly and Alaska; domestic partners Jeff and Blair, who are 16 years apart; Indian pop star Tina and her modeled-turned-tech-geek husband Tarz; and suburbanites Kathryn and John.
“Million Dollar Listing: New York” (Bravo)
emSeason 2 premieres Wed., May 8 at 10 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong Because we’re all so fascinated by real estate that we could never realistically afford, this show is returning for a second season. C’mon, it’s fun to live vicariously.
emSeason 6 premieres Thurs., May 9 at 8 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong With Season 5 episodes titled “Hillbilly Wipeout,” “Gorillas In Our Midst” and “Hotties vs. Nerds 2.0,” there can only be more magic in store for Season 6. Viewers of all stripes love watching people hurt themselves in new and remarkable ways.
“Family Tree” (HBO)
emSeries premieres Sun., May 12 at 10:30 p.m. ET./em
strongWhat To Know:/strong “Bridesmaids” funnyman Chris O’Dowd stars in Christopher Guest’s (“Best in Show”) new documentary-style series about a hapless thirtysomething trying to find meaning in his life by tracing his heritage.
“Long Island Medium” (TLC)
emSeason 4 premieres Sun., May 12 at 9 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong We were hoping that those nails and that hair would be around for another season — and our wish came true! Theresa Caputo is back, communicating with the dead, for at least another 30 episodes.
“Breaking Amish: Brave New World” (TLC)
emSeason 2 premieres Sun., May 12 at10 p.m. ET ./em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong Speculation and accusations about the show’s “reality” aside, “Breaking Amish” was a hit for TLC. Now, the five Amish and Mennonite rebels, who moved to New York City in the show’s first season, are headed south to Florida … but trouble seems to follow them wherever they go.
“Small Town Security” (AMC)
emSeason 2 premieres Thurs., May 9 at 10 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off: /strong In Season 1, we met the owners and employees of JJK Security in small-town Ringgold, Georgia, and Season 2 will offer more insight into the unscripted lives of this unusual group, including Dennis’ ongoing journey in his gender transition from female to male.
“So You Think You Can Dance” (CTV/Fox)
emSeason 10 premieres Tues., May 14 at 8 p.m. ET. /em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong After a season of intense competition, Eliana Girard and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp took home first place wins, both for ballet, while Tiffany Maher was the female runner-up for jazz and Cyrus Spencer was the male runner-up for popping/animation.
“The Goodwin Games” (City/Fox)
emSeries premieres Mon., May 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET./em
strongWhat To Know: /strong The Fox comedy centers on estranged siblings Henry (Scott Foley), Chloe (Becki Newton) and Jimmy (T.J. Miller) as they attempt to “rediscover their lives” with the money their father left them.
emSeason 4 premieres Wed., May 22 at 8 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong The home cook competition crowned its third consecutive female winner last season, Christine Ha. Cool fact: She is legally blind. No telling what twists they’ll have this season.
“Rookie Blue” (Global/ABC)
emSeason 4 premieres Thurs., May 23 at 10 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong The last time we saw the cops at 15 Division, they were all in the midst of making some serious decisions about their lives — including career calls, a possible transfer and, for Andy, a major emotional choice.
“Save Me” (Global/NBC)
emSeries premieres Thurs., May 23 at 8 p.m. ET./em
strongWhat To Know:/strong After a near-death experience, Beth (Anne Heche) is revived only to realize she now has a direct line to God. Of course, her husband Tom (Michael Landes) is skeptical and dismissive — but when inexplicable things begin to happen, everyone’s beliefs are tested.
“The Bachelorette” (City/ABC)
emSeason 9 premieres Mon., May 20 at 9 p.m ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off: /strong Emily Maynard of North Carolina thought she’d finally found love in Jef Holm, but after only being engaged for a short time, they broke up. Here’s to hoping “Bachelor” contestant Desiree Hartsock has better luck!
“Arrested Development” (Netflix)
emSeason 4 premieres Mon., May 26 at 12:01 a.m. PT./em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong The Bluths are finally back, but there’s no telling where and how we’ll actually find them. One thing we do know: Each of the nine main characters will have their own episode in this season’s 15-episode order, chronicling what they’ve been up to the last seven years. Some may cross over, but they’ll all be complimentary — and they’re all meant to set up an eventual “AD” movie. Considering the season will all be available the day it premieres, it sounds pretty perfect for a marathon viewing.
“The Glades” (AE)
emSeason 4 premieres Mon., May 27 at 9 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong In the Season 3 finale, Jim (Matt Passmore) proposed to Callie (Kiele Sanchez), even though she passed her board exam and may move to Atlanta. But she didn’t respond yet …
emSeason 2 premieres Mon., May 27 at 10 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong Did Walt Longmire murder his wife’s killer? Season 1 saw flashbacks of the Sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, that would support the theory, but when the FBI asked him in the Season 1 finale, he simply said, “No.”
“Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” (City/ABC)
emSeason 3 premieres Tues., May 28 at 8 p.m. ET./em
strongWhat To Know:/strong As in the seasons before it, “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” will center on a group of people losing large amounts of weight over the course of a year through diet and exercise.
“Brooklyn DA” (CBS)
emSeries premieres Tues., May 28 at 10 p.m. ET./em
strongWhat To Know/strong: The six-part series takes viewers behind the scenes of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. ADA Kathleen Collins (pictured) is just one of the profiled attorneys. “When you’re on trial, there’s never a day that you really go home and don’t feel stressed,” she said.
“The American Baking Competition” (Global/CBS)
emSeries premieres Wed., May 29 at 8 p.m. ET./em
strongWhat To Know:/strong Based on a popular British reality competition, this new Jeff Foxworthy-hosted show features 10 home cooks vying for the title of best amateur baker in America, as well as a contract to publish their own cookbook and a $250,000 grand prize. Not bad for a couple of pies work, huh?
“Melissa Joey” (ABC Spark/ABC Family)
emSeason 3 premieres Wed., May 29 at 8 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong Joe married Russian businesswoman Elena, but then she received a call that prompted her to fly back to Russia to testify for one of her innocent colleagues. The Season 2 finale ended with Mel — who officiated the wedding — and Joe toasting to the next “Mrs. Longo,” wherever she may be.
“Baby Daddy” (ABC Spark/ABC Family)
emSeason 2 premieres Wed., March 29 at 8:30 p.m. ET. /em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong Ben and Riley’s friend Katie faced some major drama when they found themselves in bed together after a night of partying. The only problem with their little tryst was that Katie was supposed to get married (to someone else) the next day. Luckily, they soon find out that nothing happened, and Riley and Ben share a romantic dance.
“Dancing Fools” (ABC Spark/ABC Family)
emSeries premieres Wed., May 29 at 9 p.m. ET./em
strongWhat To Know: /strong The half-hour comedy clip show, hosted by “Baby Daddy” star Melissa Peterman, features the funniest, most outrageous and memorable dances caught on camera. The dancers from the top two clips of the week compete on stage for a chance to win $10,000.
“The Killing” (AMC)
emSeason 3 premieres Sun., June 2 at 9 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong Season 2 ended with Rosie Larsen’s Aunt Terry being arrested for her murder. Detectives Linden (Mireille Enos) and Holder (Joel Kinnaman) got a call about a new case, but Linden wanted no part of it. Season 3 picks up a year later, with Holder searching for a runaway girl and discovering a string of murders connected to one of Linden’s old cases. Though Linden is no longer a detective, she inevitably gets pulled back in.
“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” (Bravo)
emSeason 5 premieres Sun., June 2 at 8 p.m. ET./em
Where We Left Off/strong: The “Housewives” were fractured — to say the least — but the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy brings new beginnings for the first ladies of the Garden State. Of course things could certainly go sour yet again.
“Princesses: Long Island” (Bravo)
emSeries premieres Sun., June 2 at 9 p.m. ET./em
strongWhat To Know/strong: The reality series follows six college-educated women from affluent areas of Long Island who are still living with their families.
“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” (E!)
emSeason 8 premieres Sun., May 20 at 9 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong Kim and Kanye’s relationship was just breaking the Internet, and now we’ll see it all on screen — including their baby drama. Khloe’s fertility issues continue, but new “castmember” Brody Jenner — Bruce’s son from a previous marriage who is no stranger to reality TV — looks to be this season’s biggest diva.
emSeries premieres Mon., June 3 at 10 p.m. ET./em
strongWhat To Know:/strong Soapy drama “Mistresses” stars Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes and Jes Macallan as four friends all struggling with different issues in their love lives, with men (including Jason George) and other women complicating matters. And as the title suggests, some of them are flirting with disaster and becoming mistresses themselves.
“The Fosters” (ABC Spark/ABC Family)
emSeries premieres Mon., June 3 at 9 p.m. ET. /em
strongWhat To Know: /strongThis new one-hour drama from executive producer Jennifer Lopez follows a multi-ethnic, blended family, being raised by two working moms, as they welcome another troubled child into their home.
“Teen Wolf” (MuchMusic)
emSeason 3 premieres Mon., June 3 at 10 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong At the end of last season, Allison broke up with Scott, Peter warned Isaac and Derek that a new pack made up entirely of Alpha werewolves was coming, and said Alphas trapped Boyd and Erica in the woods, leaving viewers uncertain of their fate. Season 3 will pick up four months later, and focus on the introduction of the Alpha pack and the havoc they wreak.
“Push Girls” (Sundance Channel)
emSeason 2 premieres Mon., June 3 at 10 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off: /strong Throughout Sesaon 1 we got to know Auti, Mia, Tiphany and Chelsie, four women living in Hollywood who also happen to all be in wheelchairs. Season 2 will follow the foursome’s new loves and new adventures, including 21-year-old Chelsie’s decision to move out of her parents’ home.
“America’s Got Talent” (City/NBC)
emSeason 8 premieres Tues., June 4 at 9 p.m. ET/em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong Last season, traveling dog act Olate Dogs was crowned the winner. This year, a new crop of performers will compete for the $1 million prize. Spice Girl Mel B. and Heidi Klum join the judging panel with Howie Mandel and Howard Stern.
“Burn Notice” (Showcase)
emSeason 7 premieres Thursday, June 6 at 9 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong In an effort to get more information on Riley, Michael sent Bly to tail her to a meeting with the cartel kingpin, but a cartel member disguised as security blew up Bly’s car, killing him and destroying the evidence they collected on Riley. Michael later incapacitated Riley and got her to agree to confess. Then, Fiona, Madeline, Sam and Jesse were released from their prison cells. Michael explained he “did what [he] had to do,” but Fiona corrected him, saying, “You did what you wanted to do.”
“The Hero” (TNT)
emSeries premieres Thurs., June 6 at 8 p.m. ET./em
strongWhat To Know:/strong Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is producing this competition series to test the strength, courage and integrity of a diverse group of nine individuals. Each week, the contestants will be challenged physically, mentally and morally as they try to prove that they truly deserve the title of “The Hero” and the life-changing grand prize that goes with it.
“72 Hours” (Slice)
emSeries premieres Thurs., June 6 at 9 p.m. ET./em
strongWhat To Know:/strong Contestants on this “Survivor”-esque reality show are dropped into the wilderness with only a bottle of water and a GPS device on a mission to find a briefcase filled with $100,000.
emSeason 2 premieres Sunday, April 21 at 9 p.m. /em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong According to series lead Rachel Nichols, Season 2 is all about responsibility. Kiera, Alec and even the terrorists at Liber8 all have to make intense choices that could change the very fabric of their worlds.
“Dexter” (The Movie Network/Movie Central)
emSeason 8 premieres Sun., June 30 at 9 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off: /strong Deb finally learned the truth about Dexter’s dark secret, and took a page out of her step-brother’s book in the shocking season finale. Can she live with what she did? And can Dexter escape the series without being brought to justice in this final season?
“Being Human” (Space)
emSeason 5 premieres Sat., June 8 at 10 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong Our favorite supernatural threesome is back from across the pond for their fifth and final season where they’ll finally confront the Devil, once and for all. No biggie.
emSeries premiere Sat., June 8 at 9 p.m. ET./em
strongWhat To Know:/strong The 12-episode British series follows the epic sea journey of the flawed hero Sinbad (Elliot Knight), who embarks on a quest to rid himself of a curse and embrace his destiny. Look for “Lost” alum Naveen Andrews as Lord Akbari.
“Primeval: New World” (Space)
emSeries premieres Sat., June 8 at 10 p.m. ET./em
What To Know/strong: The 13-episode first season follows a team of animal experts and scientists that investigate paranormal events.
“Falling Skies” (Space)
emSeason 3 premieres Sun., June 9 at 10 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong Last season ended with the arrival of a new species of alien, and Anne became pregnant with Tom’s child. Season 3 will explore whether the new alien is on the side of the humans or has another dark purpose in mind. We’ll also learn what happened to Hal while he was unconscious, and what that might mean for the rebellion.
“Switched At Birth” (ABC Spark/ABC Family)
emSeason 2 summer premiere Mon., June 10 at 8 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off/strong: “Switched At Birth” left on a big cliffhanger: Daphne struggled to keep the Carlton School for the Deaf open, John’s campaign for office came to a startling halt and Emmett told Bay about Daphne and Noah’s kiss.
“Major Crimes” (Super Channel)
emSeason 2 premieres Mon., June 10 at 9 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off/strong: Rusty became a ward of the state to the delight of everybody, and Captain Raydor continued to gain the trust and respect of the Major Crimes unit.
“Pretty Little Liars” (MuchMusic)
emSeason 4 premieres Tues., June 11 at 8 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong Red Coat, who looked a whole lot like Ali, saved Emily, Aria, Hanna and Mona from a fire, while Spencer looked on in shock. The first episode of Season 4 is titled “A Is For A-L-I-V-E” and a href=”http://www.eonline.com/news/394204/spoiler-chat-scoop-on-pretty-little-liars-once-upon-a-time-revolution-new-girl-and-more” target=”_hplink”E! News reports that viewers will meet Marion, Toby’s mother/a, who was a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jaimie-etkin/pretty-little-liars-recap_b_2673316.html” target=”_hplink”revealed to be dead in Season 3, Episode 18, “Dead To Me.”/a “All of the questions fans have will be answered,” a href=”http://www.wetpaint.com/pretty-little-liars/articles/pretty-little-liars-star-sasha-pieterse-dishes-on-season-4-questions-will-be-answered-exclusive” target=”_hplink”star Sasha Pieterse told Wetpaint Entertainment recently/a of Season 4.
“Twisted” (ABC Spark/ABC Family)
emSeries premieres Tues., June 11 at 9 p.m. ET./em
strongWhat To Know/strong: 16-year-old Danny Desai (Avan Jogia) returns to his hometown after killing his aunt five years prior. While trying to rekindle old relationships (Denise Richards plays Danny’s mother) and fit in with his judgmental peers, Danny becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a fellow classmate. Though the pilot already aired after the “Pretty Little Liars” Season 3 finale, ABC Family is re-airing it to kick off the season.
“Royal Pains” (Showcase)
emSeason 5 premieres Wed., June 12 at 9 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off: /strong Evan and Paige’s bachelor and bachelorette parties both ended up being in Vegas, making for a comical Season 4 finale. Now, after recuperating from brain surgery all winter, Hank is ready to get back to work this summer, but HankMed is busier than ever. “Go On” star Laura Benanti recurs.
“Necessary Roughness” (W Network)
emSeason 3 premieres Wed., June 12 at 10 p.m. ET./em
strongWhere We Left Off:/strong In the dramatic Season 2 finale, Rex came out as gay. When the Hawks found out, it stirred up a huge amount of controversy, but Rex eventually gave an inspiring speech that led the team to victory.