CBS has announced its plans for the summer, including that the latest edition of reality series Big Brother will premiere on Wednesday, Jun. 22 as part of its regular three night a week schedule. Drama series Zoo and newcomers BrainDead and American Gothic also got premiere dates this week – so when do they all start?
Big Brother kicks off with a two-hour debut episode to start its 18th season from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., then will air again Thursday, Jun. 23 from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday, Jun. 26 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Based on the novel by James Patterson, Zoo returns for its second season with its own two-hour premiere from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Jun. 28, before settling into its regular one-hour time slot the following week. James Wolk (The Crazy Ones) and Billy Burke (Revolution) head the ensemble cast of the series as it dives deeper into animal mutations and environmental phenomena.
The two new shows on tap this summer for CBS start with BrainDead, from the creators of the departing The Good Wife. The comedy-thriller (billed as an “event series” but ordered for a full season of 13 episodes) mixes politics and horror when a young woman moves to D.C. only to find out that bugs are eating the brains of the nation’s leaders.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane), Danny Pino (Law Order: SVU, Cold Case), Aaron Tveit (Grease Live, Graceland) and Tony Shalhoub (Monk) head up the cast for the program, which premieres Monday, Jun. 23 at 10 p.m.
Then there’s American Gothic, which it should be noted has nothing to do with the 1995 series of the same name, even though it’s on the same network. This series is a little bit similar to ABC’s recently launched The Family: it tells the story of a prominent family who find themselves caught up in scandal. In the case of American Gothic, it’s that someone among them is linked to a string of murders.
Justin Chatwin (Shameless), Megan Ketch (Blue Bloods), Antony Starr (Banshee), Juliet Rylance (The Knick), Stephanie Leonidas (Defiance) and Gabriel Bateman (Stalker) star in the show, which debuts Wednesday, Jun. 22 at 10 p.m. after Big Brother.
The program is keeping it a bit in the network family: Ketch had major roles on CBS’s Blue Bloods and Under the Dome, Bateman appeared as Dylan McDermott’s son in CBS’s Stalker, and Chatwin starred in Showtime’s Shameless (Showtime is a sister station to CBS).
In addition, three of the actors have connections to Cinemax: Starr from Banshee, which will also air its final season this summer, Rylance from The Knick and Bateman from the upcoming Outcast.
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