CBS announces 'Big Brother's eleventh edition to premiere July 9
By Reality TV World staff, 05/28/2009
CBS has announced that Big Brother's eleventh season will premiere on Thursday, July 9 at 8PM ET/PT.
Following its debut, Big Brother will move into its regular thrice-weekly broadcast schedule, with Sunday night episodes airing at 8PM ET/PT beginning July 12 and Tuesday night episodes airing at 9PM ET/PT beginning July 14.
Similar to previous Big Brother seasons, the Thursday episodes will serve as the eleventh season's live eviction shows beginning with the July 16 broadcast.
Although she'll be six months pregnant by the time it premieres, Big Brother host Julie Chen -- who has hosted the long-running reality series since it first premiered on CBS in July 2000 -- will reprise her role for the show's eleventh season.
"Despite what you read in the paper, I'm not taking maternity leave from Big Brother," Chen said when she announced her pregnancy in April. "I emailed my boss over there this weekend and I said 'Don't worry, I can still do the show,' so I hope she's not reading that."
The baby will be the first child for Chen and her husband, CBS president Les Moonves.
Chen wed the 59-year-old Moonves during a small sunset ceremony at a private home in Acapulco in 2004. Moonves has three grown children with Nancy Moonves, his previous wife of 24 years. Moonves officially ended the marriage just prior to his wedding to Chen.
Big Brother is executive produced by Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan in association with the show's Endemol USA production company.