‘Big Brother’ Renewed for Season 22 – Julie Chen Moonves to Remain as Host

Reality competition wraps up Season 21 on Sept. 25

Julie Chen Moonves Celebrity Big Brother
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CBS has renewed its longrunning reality competition series “Big Brother” for a 22nd season. Julie Chen Moonves will return as host.

The series will return in its usual summer time slot next year. It’s current 21st season will wrap up on Sept. 25, in the middle of CBS’ fall premiere week.

Moonves’ future with CBS had been in doubt shortly after her husband, Leslie Moonves, resigned as CBS Corp’s CEO last fall following multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. She left CBS’ daytime talk show “The Talk” a week after Moonves stepped down, but has continued to host “Big Brother” since — and going by her “Julie Chen Moonves” in her signoff (she had previously only gone by Julie Chen).

The show airs three nights a week on Sundays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m., with the live eviction show on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET (tape-delayed in the PT). Summer-to-date, the Thursday and Sunday episodes are tops in key demos among all broadcasts.

“Big Brother” is produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan for Fly on the Wall Entertainment in association with Endemol Shine North America.

CBS last month agreed to re-merge with Viacom — becoming ViacomCBS — with that deal expected to close at the end of the year.