"One reason I have returned to Big Brother over the years is with hope that it can improve, as a competition and as a television show, and become its best self," says Andy Dehnart. "The summer seasons the last few years have almost immediately been awful, from outbreaks of racism (including from producers, who designed a twist last year that just opened the door wide open to implicit bias), to the reliance on ludicrously imbalanced twists. But the live two-hour premiere of Big Brother 22 showed no signs of what I’ve grown accustomed to being disappointed by. It was a strong premiere, with indications that this may actually become a grown-up, enjoyable season of Big Brother. Sure, it had some of what we’ve come to love from the show—technical glitches, dead air, dumb twists—but there were no mentions of showmances, no cloying studio audience, and no eruptions of racism."