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Jul
9

Cast Photo Survey

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The database currently contains data for 6,572 cast photos. With a few exceptions, I edit and add these myself. I plan to keep adding a few each month, but if users want even more to be added, the only way is going to be with help from volunteers.

I have high standards when it comes to adding official cast photos. The majority of the time when users submit them, I don’t add them and I instead ask for the original images in the best quality possible so that I can make them myself using similar positioning and sizing that is as close as possible to the other cast photos on the site. There are some popular shows where it’s not possible to make them with my criteria because of the original images. I’ve made exceptions and used lower quality images for older shows like Endurance. For The Challenge, I added dark borders to avoid having to enlarge or place the head of a contestant in an inconsistent position. See what I mean here (Example 1) (Example 2).

I’m still not completely satisfied with the photos I’ve added. Over time, the faces have generally become larger than they were in the past. I’ve discussed the idea of recruiting volunteers with better skills to re-make the older cast photos and help add new ones that are even more consistent. A few users expressed interest early in the year, but I haven’t done any evaluations yet.

I’m curious how important the consistency standard of cast photos is to you. Would you just like to see more images, or would it ruin your simulation experience to wait for years to see your favorite show only for the photos to be a lower quality than the rest of the images on the site? I’m completely flexible, but I thought I’d open a survey to help decide what to do.

BrantSteele Cast Photo Survey

There are more surveys and evaluations coming to help improve, including one for specific casts to add later. Thank you for your feedback.

Jul
2

July Cast Photo Overview

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Additions:
– Added 5-6 overall cast photos for each houseguest from Big Brother US season 19
– Added the new housemates from Big Brother UK season 18
– Added the competitors from The Challenge season 30
– Added the cast photos for Australian Survivor 2017

Fixes:
– Fixed Bad Girls All Star Battle cast photos not showing in .net Edit/Personal pages
– Corrected a few minor name and nickname mistakes

A list of all the shows containing cast photos can be found in the spreadsheet linked below.

Cast Photo Overview

This blog post will remain open for the month of July and is meant for cast photo discussion only.

Keep reading to see what is under consideration.

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Jun
28

BB19 Cast Photo Questions

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There were a few reports that the original cast photos for Big Brother 19 weren’t completely clear. I looked into this and found that the default down scaling settings in my image editing program were set as “smooth” but that “sharp” was also an option.

Before I make additional sets of cast photos, I want to see whether you prefer the “smooth” or the “sharp” version of the images. The setting has to be set as one or the other and doesn’t allow for percentages of each.

These are the current Smooth Images.

These are the proposed Sharp Images.

Which do you like better?

Also, I have links to several other versions of cast photos, but most of these are thumbnails from CBS Press Express and Twitter, which are both reduced from the quality of the originals. If you have any links to high quality versions of the alternate photos, they would be appreciated. Thank you.

Update: The sharp cast photos have replaced the original smooth photos. It may take time for these to replace the previously cached images. The original set has also been updated to reflect a twist in the premiere. The zigzag photos have also been added. A few more sets of this cast may still be added.

Update 2: A 3rd and 4th set of cast photos have been added. At least one more will be added soon.

Jun
19

Big Brother 19 Cast Photos Added

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Today’s cast photos from Big Brother 19 (US version) have been added as options to use in all of the simulators.

Please report any errors or alternate versions here if you wish for these to be posted. Thank you.

Jun
10

Cast Photo Overview: June, Part 1

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Additions:
– Big Brother UK season 18 cast added
– Added Katherine Hillard from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Fixes:
– Added Brooke Adams and Keith Tollefson to the correct season of TAR
– Corrected Jennifer Hoffman’s name from TAR 14

Under Consideration:
– Adding Melissa from ABC’s Glass House
– Adding Ink Master cast photos here
– Adding the Survivor 33 cast photos here
– Adding cast photos for season 2 of Make Me A Supermodel (sent over email)
– Adding alternate versions of cast photos for ANTM 23 (sent over email)
– Adding cast photos for Celebrity Apprentice 8 (need photos)
– Adding Bad Girls Club (need photos)
– Adding cast photos for Charm School (sent over email)
– Adding cast photos for The Voice (sent over email)
– Adding alternate versions of cast photos for The Challenge Invasion (sent over email)
– Update the rest of the Real Housewives cast photos to their current photos
– Adding the Are You The One Second Chances photos (I have these)
– Adding the Fear is Real cast (sent over email)
– Adding the Real Housewives of Orange County cast updates (with Peggy Sulahain and updated photos)
– Add The Real World Cast Photos (sent over email)
– Add more Power Rangers cast photos (sent over email)

A list of all the shows containing cast photos can be found in the spreadsheet linked below.

Cast Photo Overview

This blog post will remain open for the month of June and is meant for cast photo discussion only. This update was smaller than usual in order to focus on the current simulators in development. Big Brother US season 19 cast photos should be revealed this month, so there will likely be a part 2 with even more cast photos.

May
10

Cast Photo Overview: May

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Additions:
– Added two versions of all the The Amazing Race 29 cast photos
– Added 24 more photos from Game of Thrones (Thanks to James for many of these)
– Added the cast of Survivor NZ season 1
– Added Power Rangers, original season cast
– Added Cynthia Lee Fontaine to the RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9 cast
– Added Tinsley Mortimer for The Real Housewives of New York City
– Updated Bethenny Frankel, Carole Radziwill, Dorinda Medley, LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, and Sonja Morgan from The Real Housewives of New York City
– Added Monique Samuels to The Real Housewives of Potomac

Fixes:
– Corrected Daniel Fontes’ name
– Corrected Terry Garner’s name
– Fixed issue with Glenn Garcia from BB18 in Random Cast
– Provided clarification on Random Cast pages that Kids means characters under 12 years of age
– Included Purple Kelly nickname for Kelly Shinn

Under Consideration:
– Adding Melissa from ABC’s Glass House
– Adding Ink Master cast photos here
– Adding the Survivor 33 cast photos here
– Adding cast photos for season 2 of Make Me A Supermodel (sent over email)
– Adding alternate versions of cast photos for ANTM 23 (sent over email)
– Adding cast photos for Celebrity Apprentice 8 (need photos)
– Adding Bad Girls Club (need photos)
– Adding cast photos for Charm School (sent over email)
– Adding cast photos for The Voice (sent over email)
– Adding alternate versions of cast photos for The Challenge Invasion (sent over email)
– Update the rest of the Real Housewives cast photos to their current photos
– Adding the Are You The One Second Chances photos (I have these)
– Adding the Fear is Real cast (sent over email)

A list of all the shows containing cast photos can be found in the spreadsheet linked below.

Cast Photo Overview

This blog post will remain open for the month of May and is meant for cast photo discussion only. There will be an update on upcoming simulators in the next day or two.

Apr
2

Cast Photo Overview: April

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Additions:
– Alternate TAR 28 photos added

Fixes:
– Fixed Danny Veltri’s gender
– Fixed Neil Lumsden black and white photo
– Fixed Steve Carmody and Steve Cottingham being switched.

Under Consideration:
– Adding TAR 29 cast photos
– Add new cast photos for The Real Housewives of New York City (Tinsley Mortimer at BravoTV.com)
– Add new cast photos for The Real Housewives of Potomac (Monique Samuels at BravoTV.com)
– Adding Melissa from ABC’s Glass House
– Adding Ink Master cast photos here
– Adding the Survivor 33 cast photos here
– Adding cast photos for season 2 of Make Me A Supermodel (sent over email)
– Adding alternate versions of cast photos for ANTM 23 (sent over email)
– Adding cast photos for Celebrity Apprentice 8 (need photos)
– Adding Bad Girls Club (need photos)
– Adding cast photos for Charm School (sent over email)
– Adding cast photos for The Voice (sent over email)
– Adding alternate versions of cast photos for The Challenge Invasion (sent over email)

A list of all the shows containing cast photos can be found in the spreadsheet linked below.

Cast Photo Overview

This blog post will remain open for the month of March and is meant for cast photo discussion only.

Mar
11

Cast Photo Overview: March

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Additions:
– The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (season 7)
– Hell’s Kitchen (season 16)
– Are You The One (season 5)
– Dancing With The Stars (season 24)

Fixes:
– Put The Ridonculous Race under Total Drama alphabetically
– Corrected the genders for Tim Urban, Ed Cherry, and Chaka Khan

Under Consideration:
– Adding Melissa from ABC’s Glass House
– Updating the TAR 28 photos here
– Adding Ink Master cast photos here
– Adding the Survivor 33 cast photos here
– Adding cast photos for season 2 of Make Me A Supermodel (sent over email)
– Adding alternate versions of cast photos for ANTM 23 (sent over email)
– Adding cast photos for Celebrity Apprentice 8 (need photos)
– Adding Bad Girls Club (need photos)
– Adding cast photos for Charm School (sent over email)
– Adding cast photos for The Voice (sent over email)
– Adding alternate versions of cast photos for The Challenge Invasion (sent over email)

A list of all the shows containing cast photos can be found in the spreadsheet linked below.

Cast Photo Overview

This blog post will remain open for the month of March and is meant for cast photo discussion only.

Mar
9

Big Brother Canada 5 Cast Photos, Part 2

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Cast photos for the final eight houseguests of Big Brother Canada 5 were added as options to all BrantSteele.com and BrantSteele.net simulators. The rest of the requests for new cast photos are being evaluated to determine which ones will also be added in March.

The Prediction Game results for the Survivor Game Changers premiere will be posted later today. A survey for the Survivor Simulator will be posted tomorrow.

Mar
8

Big Brother Canada 5 Cast Photos, Part 1

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Cast photos for the first eight houseguests of Big Brother Canada 5 were added as options to all BrantSteele.com and BrantSteele.net simulators. The remaining eight houseguests will be revealed tomorrow, and cast photos will be added after they’re revealed. There’s a good chance that cast photos from other shows will be added as well.

The latest (and likely the final) version of The Duel simulator will be uploaded later today for testing.

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