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CBS Pits Celeb Big Brother vs. Olympics, Sets Date for 30th Amazing Race

CBS today announced the return of the perennial summer favorite BIG BROTHER with a two-night premiere event Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). BIG BROTHER will again have three weekly episodes. Following the premiere, it will be broadcast Wednesday, June 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and Sunday, June 30 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). Starting Wednesday, July 10, the show moves to Wednesdays and Thursdays (9:00-10:00 PM) with the Sunday broadcast remaining at 8:00 PM. The series is hosted by Julie Chen Moonves.

CBS’ first celebrity edition of Big Brother will premiere Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 8/7c, airing multiple episodes per week as an “alternative” of sorts to the Winter Olympics coverage over on another network.

The special edition’s “concentrated run,” as previously reported, will include the reality competition’s signature Head of Household and Power of Veto competitions, as well as live evictions. Julie Chen will of course host; the sure-to-be-fascinating cast is still TBA.

Also on the reality front, CBS has set a premiere for the 30th running of The Amazing Race, which steps off the starting line on Wednesday, Jan. 3. The Emmy-winning globe trot will air at 8 pm its first five weeks, before moving to 9 pm once Celebrity Big Brother opens its doors. (Also: TAR will are double episodes on Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 14 and Feb. 21.)

SEAL Team and Criminal Minds both return from the Christmas break on Jan. 3, but will be preempted by TAR where suggested above.

Once Big Brother and Amazing Race wrap their runs, Survivor: Fiji will launch on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 8 pm (with a two-hour opener).

A premiere for Undercover Boss Season 9 will be announced at a later date.