Original Programs Scheduled Across Five Nights of the Week Include New and Returning Event Series and Perennial Reality Hit “Big Brother”

BrainDead,” a New Comic-Thriller from Executive Producers Robert and Michelle King, Premieres Monday, June 13, 10:00 PM

Big Brother” Returns with Three Weekly Episodes, Following its Two-Hour Premiere, Wednesday, June 22, 8:00 PM

The Suspenseful New Murder Mystery “American Gothic” Premieres Wednesday, June 22, 10:00 PM

Zoo,” Last Summer’s #1 Scripted New Series, Debuts With a Special Two-Hour Premiere, Tuesday, June 28, 9:00 PM

CBS today announced its summer schedule with original series across five nights of the week, including the new event series BRAINDEAD and AMERICAN GOTHIC, the sophomore season of ZOO, based on James Patterson’s #1 bestselling novel, and the return of the summer reality hit BIG BROTHER. 

          BRAINDEAD, from Robert and Michelle King, acclaimed creators and executive producers of THE GOOD WIFE, premieres Monday, June 13 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). The event series is a comic-thriller set in the world of Washington, D.C. politics that follows Laurel (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer who discovers two things: the government has stopped working, and bugs are eating the brains of Congress members and Hill staffers.

         BIG BROTHER, hosted by Julie Chen, will once again have three weekly episodes. It debuts with a special two-hour premiere, on Wednesday, June 22 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), followed by the Thursday broadcast on June 23 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), Sunday’s installment on June 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and its regular Wednesday time period on June 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). Last summer, all three editions of BIG BROTHER ranked among the top 10 summer series in adults 18-49, adults 18-34 and adults 25-54.

         The suspenseful new murder mystery AMERICAN GOTHIC premieres Wednesday, June 22 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). The series, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, is about a prominent Boston family reeling in the wake of the chilling discovery that someone in their midst is linked to an infamous string of murders. As shocking secrets from the past and present are revealed, their mounting suspicion and paranoia that one of them is a killer threatens to tear the family apart.

ZOO, last summer’s #1 scripted series, returns for its second season with a special two-hour premiere, Tuesday, June 28 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) before moving to its regular Tuesday (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) time period July 5. In season two, the danger escalates as the animal mutation moves to phase two, and they begin attacking infrastructure and creating deadly environmental phenomena in an effort to make the planet uninhabitable. Also, the team discovers a shocking mutation that threatens the life of one of their own.  



BRAINDEAD stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Danny Pino, Aaron Tveit, Tony Shalhoub, Nikki M. James and Johnny Ray Gill. Robert and Michelle King, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Brooke Kennedy and Liz Glotzer serve as executive producers for CBS Television Studios, Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions. Judy Smith serves as co-executive producer.



BIG BROTHER follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with more than 53 cameras and 97 microphones, recording their every move 24 hours a day. Each week, the House Guests will vote someone out of the house. At the end, the last remaining House Guest will receive the grand prize of $500,000. BIG BROTHER is produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan for Fly on the Wall Entertainment, in association with Endemol U.S.A.



AMERICAN GOTHIC stars Juliet Rylance, Antony Starr, Virginia Madsen, Justin Chatwin, Megan Ketch, Elliot Knight, Stephanie Leonidas and Gabriel Bateman. Corinne Brinkerhoff, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, James Frey and Todd Cohen are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.


About ZOO

ZOO, based on the #1 bestselling novel by James Patterson, stars James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Billy Burke, Nonso Anozie, Nora Arnezeder, Josh Salatin and Alyssa Diaz. Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Michael Katleman, James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.




Monday, June 13

10:00-11:00 PM BRAINDEAD (Series Premiere)


Wednesday, June 22

8:00-10:00 PM BIG BROTHER (Two-Hour Season Premiere)

10:00-11:00 PM AMERICAN GOTHIC (Series Premiere)


Thursday, June 23

9:00-10:00 PM BIG BROTHER (Thursday Premiere)


Sunday, June 26

8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER (Sunday Premiere)


Tuesday, June 28

9:00-11:00 PM ZOO (Two-Hour 2nd Season Premiere)


Wednesday, June 29

8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER (Regular Wednesday Time Period Premiere)


Tuesday, July 5

9:00-10:00 PM ZOO (Regular Tuesday Time Period Premiere)


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