After being subjected to ABC’s awful ripoff, “The Glass House“, for the past few weeks, I’m beyond elated that “Big Brother” is just one week away. HOLLA!!! Gawd, I sound like Heather’s intro from “The Real Housewives of New York”. The 14th season of the CBS summer guilty pleasure returns on Thursday July 12 with twelve new houseguests and four returning ones. That’s right folks. Ghosts of BB past are coming back to haunt us again for one more summer.

In a series first, four of the most successful players to ever enter the Big Brother house, will return to play their own game and for their own separate prize. The identities of the four returning players and details surrounding their mission inside the house will be revealed during the season premiere. The brand new 12 houseguests will compete for the traditional $500,000 booty.

Speaking of the newbies. The “Big Brother” Season 14 cast is your usual combo of characters. You have your pretty blond, tattoo’d “unique” girl, unemployed hottie, bespeckled nerd, Jersey Shore wannabe and Thor look-a-like. If that wasn’t enough to wet your appetite, joining the cast is another Hantz. How many of them are around? This time it’s Willie Hantz who’s a tankerman (whatever that is). Check him and the others out below.

Willie Hantz, 34

Hometown: Vinton, La.
Occupation: Tankerman

Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: To make as much confusion in the house in order to take the attention off of me.

Joe Arvin, 41

Hometown: Lexington, Ky.
Occupation: Chef

Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: I plan to use my cooking skills to help get me to the end. Every one loves to eat, never get rid of the cook!

Frank Eudy, 28

Hometown: Marion, Ark.
Occupation: None listed

Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: Absolutely. Numbers are important, so I want to set up a “Dream Team,” all playing certain roles. I would need a Larry Bird, a good country boy or girl who’s honest and competitive; a Charles Barkley, an unmovable object possibly with a bit of a harsh attitude; a Patrick Ewing, somebody that knows the game and is reliable; a Michael Jordan, somebody who’s a baller that can win competitions; and me as Magic Johnson, friendly guy playing point and running the show.

Danielle Murphree, 23

Hometown: Grant, Ala.
Occupation: Nurse

Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: To be considered someone that isn’t a threat and someone that doesn’t seem very smart. The people that are a threat are usually eliminated first.

Shane Meaney, 26

Hometown: Bennington, Vt.
Occupation: House flipper

Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: Make friends with people in the house while maintaining my competitive nature… oh, and have fun!

Ian Terry, 21

Hometown: Pittsburgh
Occupation: Engineering student

Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: I want to make an alliance with about six people and I’d like to be seen as maybe the fourth-strongest in the group. That way it wouldn’t be me going up if the other side gained the power.

Jojo Spatafora, 26

Hometown: Staten Island, N.Y.
Occupation: Bartender

Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: Of course I have a strategy, but is it smart to tell you? Is this a trick question?

Kara Monaco, 29

Hometown: Orlando
Occupation: Model

Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: I don’t know if you can really have a strategy when it comes to BIG BROTHER, but you have to be great competitively and socially.

Wil Heuser, 24

Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
Occupation: Marketing consultant

Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: I would probably not tell the other roommates my profession and play the “nice guy,” “someone you can trust” role. I think I would let alliances form first and then manipulate my way into control of the game.

Jodi Rollins, 42

Hometown: Englewood, Colo.
Occupation: Restaurant server

Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: I will let people underestimate me.

Jenn Arroyo, 37

Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Occupation: Musician

Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: I’m going to be me. It’s a simple answer, but a fun, twisted puzzle to unfold.

Ashley Iocco, 26

Hometown: Pittsburgh
Occupation: Owner of a mobile spray tan company

Strategy for winning BIG BROTHER: Play everyone! I will come off as the dumb ditzy blonde, but take it to the end because I’m actually really smart and good at reading through people’s lies.

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What do you think of the new cast? Based on first impressions, I’m liking Shane Meaney, Ian Terry, Jojo Spatafora and Wil Heuser. It’s probably not right, but I’m already not warming up to Willie Hantz. So far, everyone from the Hantz clan that’s appeared on reality television hasn’t been great. Russell was fine in “Survivor: Samoa“, but sucked in his following two seasons and don’t even get me started on his lame-ass nephew Brandon. Hopefully for the family’s sake, Willie redeems the Hantz name.

Who are you hoping is returning to the house? Personally, I hope Janelle is. She’s my all-time favorite. How about you? Sound off below.