Big Brother Season 18 Premiere Date

Big Brother, Zoo, Good Wife Creators' Follow-Up Get Premiere Dates at CBS

CBS’ summertime line-up boasts Houseguests, braindead politicians and more of those attacking animals.

Big Brother will reopen its doors on Wednesday, June 22, when Season 18 premieres. The summertime staple will again have three weekly outings, also airing Thursdays (starting June 23) and Sundays (starting June 26).

Kicking off CBS’ summer lineup will be BrainDead, the D.C.-based comic-thriller from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King. Premiering Monday, June 13 at 10/9c (aka Under the Dome’s onetime home), the series follows a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer (10 Cloverfield Lane‘s Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who discovers two things: the government has stopped working, and bugs are eating the brains of Congress members. Danny Pino (SVU), Aaron Tveit (Graceland), Tony Shalhoub (Monk), Nikki M. James (The Good Wife) and Johnny Ray Gill (Rectify) round out the cast.

On June 22, Big Brother leads into the premiere of American Gothic, a Stephen Spielberg-produced drama that has no relation to the 1995 CBS series but instead follows a prominent Boston family that reels from the discovery that someone in their midst is linked to an infamous string of murders. The cast includes Juliet Rylance (The Knick), Antony Starr (Banshee), Virginia Madsen (Witches of East End), Justin Chatwin (Shameless), Megan Ketch (Jane the Virgin), Elliot Knight (Once Upon a Time), Stephanie Leonidas (Defiance) and Gabriel Bateman (Stalker).

Last but not beast, Zoo Season 2 will bow Tuesday, June 28 at 9pm, with a two-hour premiere in which the danger escalates as the animal mutation moves to Phase 2, and they begin attacking infrastructure and creating deadly environmental phenomena in a bid to make the planet uninhabitable. Also, the team discovers a mutation that threatens the life of one of their own. Set to return are James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Billy Burke, Nonso Anozie and Nora Arnezeder, while Josh Salatin (The Carrie Diaries) and Alyssa Diaz (Army Wives) are new to the meow mix.

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