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CBS Reveals Summer Premiere Dates: ‘Candy Crush,’ ‘Big Brother,’ ‘Zoo’ and ‘Salvation’

Buckle-up for a packed reality series competition schedule

CBS has set and revealed its summer schedule, including premiere dates for “Candy Crush,” “Big Brother,” “Zoo” and “Salvation.”

New live-action game show “Candy Crush,” based on the super-popular mobile game, premieres Sunday, July 9 at 9 p.m.

“Salvation” is an event series thriller that centers on tech rockstar Darius Tanz (Santiago Cabrera) and MIT grad student Liam Cole (Charlie Rowe), who bring Pentagon official Grace Barrows (Jennifer Finnigan) a staggering discovery — that an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth. That one debuts Wednesday, July 12 at 9.

“Big Brother” (pictured above) will be back with three weekly episodes. The Julie Chen-hosted reality competition starts with a two-hour premiere on Wednesday, June 28 at 8. The season continues the next night at 9, and takes off a few days until Sunday, July 2 at 8. After that, time slots shift a bit — check out the details lower down this story.

“Zoo” returns for its third season on Thursday, June 29 at 10 o’clock. This time around, the year is 2027 and the world has reached a tipping point. The human population continues to dwindle due to the sterility problem and an equally devastating threat rises in the form of “the hybrids” — an army of unstoppable lab-made creatures, hell-bent on destroying mankind.

Read some more about each series below, in CBS’ own words. Scroll to the bottom of this post for the actual summer schedule.

“Big Brother”
“Big Brother” follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with 87 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones, recording their every move 24 hours a day. Each week, someone will be voted out of the house, with the last remaining Houseguest receiving 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 Shine North America.

“Zoo,” based on the No. 1 bestselling novel by James Patterson, stars James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Billy Burke, Nonso Anozie, Alyssa Diaz, Josh Salatin and Gracie Dzienny. Jeff Pinker, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Michael Katleman, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

“Candy Crush”
Matt Kunitz, Peter Levin, Russell Binder, Nicki Sheard, VP Brand at King, and Sebastian Knutsson are executive producers for Pulse Creative in association with Lionsgate Television, King Ltd. and CBS Television Studios. Knutsson is King’s Chief Creative Officer and is one of the founders of the company. He created Candy Crush Saga.

“Salvation” stars Santiago Cabrera, Jennifer Finnigan, Charlie Rowe, Jacqueline Byers, Rachel Drance, Shazi Raja and Ian Anthony Dale. Liz Kruger, Craig Shapiro, who wrote the script (based on the story by Matt Wheeler), are executive producers along with Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Peter Lenkov and Stuart Gillard for CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout. Academy Award nominated director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“Esposados”) will direct and serve as executive producer on the first episode.


Wednesday, June 28
8:00-10:00 PM                       BIG BROTHER (Two-Hour Season Premiere)

Thursday, June 29
9:00-10:00 PM                       BIG BROTHER (Thursday Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM                      ZOO (Third Season Premiere)

Sunday, July 2
8:00-9:00 PM                         BIG BROTHER (Sunday Premiere)

Wednesday, July 5
8:00-9:00 PM                         BIG BROTHER (Regular Wednesday Time Period Premiere)

Sunday, July 9
8:00-9:00 PM                         BIG BROTHER
9:00-10:00 PM                       CANDY CRUSH (Series Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM                      NCIS: LOS ANGELES (Summer Schedule NTP)

Wednesday, July 12
8:00-9:00 PM                         BIG BROTHER
9:00-10:00 PM                       SALVATION (Series Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM                      CRIMINAL MINDS (Summer Schedule NTP)