CBS Renews ‘Big Brother’ for Season 13

The network is sticking with its summer reality staple for 2011

Orwellian reality show "Big Brother" will return to CBS in summer 2011. "Big Brother" has been a fixture in the network's summer lineup since its debut in 2000.

Jennifer Bresnan, executive vice president, alternative programming at CBS Entertainment, announced "Big Brother's" renewal Wednesday.

"'Big Brother' is our summer hero … Every year, our producers deliver innovative twists and turns, consistently evolving this proven franchise and engaging one of the most loyal and interactive fan bases on television and online.," Bresnan said.

So far, season 12 of "Big Brother" is up five percent in viewers and four percent in the key adults 18-49 demographic. The two-hour season 12 finale airs tonight following the premiere of "Survivor: Nicaragua."

Word of the renewal was first reported by New York Magazine's "Vulture" blog.